What’s Poppin’ at Galco’s 2nd Annual Soda Tasting

John Deese of Glaco's
John Deese of Glaco's Photo: Galco's

Galco’s, Highland Park’s epic soda store-slash-museum for vintage fizzy stuff, is holding its second annual summertime soda tasting event on July 22 to benefit Friends of the Southwest Museum. $12 buys entry to a popping party featuring face-time with Galco’s owner John Neese, a band called Don & Bunk that counts original members of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, and samples of more than seven rare and interesting sodas like Old Dominion root beer, Sweet Blossom floral sodas, and the newest flavor in Galco’s own line of White Rose sodas.

Additional guests include a ukulele ensemble, blues band, Native American stand-up act, and teenage singer named Destiny, while humorous historian Charles Phoenix will serve two “poptails” and bake a seven-layer cake made with Pop Rocks and sodas from Galco’s own shelves. Tickets can be purchased online and will hike up to $15 on the day of the event.