Louisville Casks For A Cause Set to Tap Saturday Thursday, Jun 25 2015 

Hopefully, the second time is the charm for Casks for a Cause. The event was postponed to THIS weekend (June 27th) thanks to rainy weather. louisvilleky.com and Rusty Satellite’s very own Rick Redding is the emcee of the awards ceremony. – Jackie H. Bentley

Louisville, Ky., – The meteoric rise of craft beer in Louisville has been well recorded in local media. Now, the media, itself, is being asked to try their hand at crafting the perfect beer recipe while raising money for local charities.

Spudz Chips is the presenting sponsor and Goodwood Brewing is playing host to the block party style event, beginning at 2 p.m.,at 636 E Main Street (on Clay Street between Main and Market). The public can sample each media cask and vote on their favorite. This event is FREE, family friendly and open to the public. However, in order to sample the cask ales and vote, patrons will have to purchase a $20 sample card.

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Each team has chosen their local charity to compete for the top three prize donations. First place will receive $1,000 for their charity, Second is $750 and Third is $500. We also have a special award for the last place group.

Of course, pints of Goodwood Brews and others available for purchase. There will also be live music, food trucks, and artisans.

Casks will be tapped at 2 pm and voting closes at 7 pm (unless the casks are gone)… WINNERS announced at 7:30 pm.

The media teams are as follows:

Courier-Journal
Hop the Presses
Center for Women and Families

The Voice-Tribune
Blonde Betty’s Apple Delight
Kosair Children’s Hospital Foundation

Yelp Louisville
Yelp’s Morning Help
Seed Capital KY

Do502
Brew502
Kentucky Humane Society

LEO Weekly
The Leo
Kentucky Human Society

Insider Louisville
Insider Spice Saison
FEAT

ESPN Louisville
Little Brother Brew
The V Foundation

GetOutLouisville.com
Get Out the Old Fashioned Way
MS Society, Kentucky and Southeast Indiana Chapter

Louisville Magazine
Summer Swig
Hand in Paw Rescue

Louisvillebeer.com
Holler Cat Bier
Wayside Christian Mission 

Simply PR

Simply Nuts

Dare to Care Food Bank

 

Mutual Of Omaha Seeks Real ‘Aha Moments’ From Louisville Locals For National TV Spot Wednesday, Jun 24 2015 

Louisville, Ky., – Local residents will have their shot at fame as the Aha Moment Tour makes its way to Louisville. The aha moment tour features a one-of-a-kind mobile television studio in a 34’ Airstream trailer designed to capture and share Americans’ aha moments across the country. Locals can sign up for their spot and view previously recorded moments at http://mutualofomaha.com/aha.

It is all part of Mutual of Omaha’s search for their next commercial spots featuring real people sharing real stories. From the participants along the 20-city and 7,700-mile tour, several new 30-second ads will be produced to air next year.
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Saturday’s Downs After Dark Final Event of Historic Spring Meet at Louisville’s Churchill Down’s Wednesday, Jun 24 2015 

Louisville, Ky., – Join Churchill Downs this Saturday night (June 27) to close the most historic Spring Meet in 37 years with a bang at “Downs After Dark” presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka.

Guests are encouraged to break out their best cowboy and cowgirl duds to celebrate Saturday’s Boots, Brew & BBQ theme while they enjoy draft beer, specialty cocktails, BBQ food trucks and 11 races, including four marquee stakes events.

Nashville music artist Justin Adams will bring his high energy country-meets-rock ‘n’ roll performance to the Plaza, where guests can also test their staying power on a mechanical bull.

Bet or No Bet presented by Thorntons will give a lucky fan in each of Races 6-9 the chance to win a $1,000 wager on the horse of their choice or walk away with a $100 Thorntons’ gift card.

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The night’s racing will feature the $200,000 Firecracker Stakes (Grade II); the $100,000 Bashford Manor (GIII); the $100,000 Debutante; and the $70,000-added Kelly’s Landing overnight stakes.

Tickets are still available for the new Courtyard, where fans 21 and over can see the action up close in a picnic-like area along the track’s homestretch. Courtyard tickets include draft beer and wine, small plates and an official racing program.

WHEN:    Saturday Night, June 27

Gates open at 5 p.m. – midnight, first post at 6 p.m.

Live Music by Justin Adams in the Plaza begins at 7:50 p.m.

Mechanical bull rides at 7 p.m.11 p.m. (subject to change)

TICKETS: Available at www.churchilldowns.com

$69: NEW: The Courtyard. See the races up close in this new over 21 garden area along the track’s homestretch. Tickets include draft beer and wine, small plates and an official racing program

$70: Millionaires Row, includes gourmet buffet and official racing program

$25: Reserved third floor box seats, includes official racing program

$10: General Admission

Louisville’s Forecastle Festival Releases Daily Schedule Tuesday, Jun 23 2015 

Louisville, Ky., – Led by Sam Smith, My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic and Modest Mouse, Forecastle Festival has released its daily schedule, available at ForecastleFest.com

Links to the daily schedule are provided below.  General admission weekend passes, single-day tickets, VIP and all-inclusive travel packages options are on sale now. All festival tickets are available at ForecastleFest.com, Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Friday, July 17
Saturday, July 18
Sunday, July 19

Kick-Off Event Set for Thursday, July 16
Forecastle and Against The Grain Brewery will once again host the official Forecastle Kick-Off event on Thursday, July 16. The event will offer local eats, treats and drinks. All general admission and VIP weekend pass holders, plus Friday VIP ticket holders, can pick up wristbands at the event.

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The kick-off will also feature live music from rockers Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Louisville natives Discount Guns, and Aaron Chadwell and Sam Sneed of Night Visions Radio (WFPK). Early check-in starts at 5pm; music starts at 7pm.

Highlighted in Rolling Stone as “one of the coolest festivals in America” and acclaimed by American Songwriter as “a rock and roll paradise,” the Forecastle Festival has evolved from a small community event into one of the country’s premier festival destinations.

For the latest news and updates from Forecastle Festival, fans can visit ForecastleFest.com,Facebook and Twitter and sign up for the Forecastle newsletter.

Casks for a Cause is the Weekend’s Best Reason to Drink Beer Wednesday, Jun 17 2015 

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POSTPONED TO JUNE 27

 

This weekend’s big event is Casks for a Cause, in which some so-called “media stars” were asked to support charity by creating their own beer brand. I can’t figure out why no one requested a Rusty Satellite brew. Nonetheless, I’m planning to go and sample a few at the new Goodwood Brewery at Clay and Main. Plus, a chance to hear the Cathouse Liars. Here are the details:

clip_image002No Experience Necessary. Casks for a Cause brings together Media Stars supporting their favorite charity for a wham-bam Beer Block Party that is sure to please the crowds as well as the palate.

The newly opened Goodwood Brewery, located at Clay and Main plays hosts for the June 20thcelebration, where patrons can taste the celebrity cask creations. Of course, professionally made brews will be available for purchase as well. Rounding out the event will be live music, food trucks, and other artisans selling their creations. In an effort to raise awareness for local charitiespatrons will vote for their favorite beer and the designated charity for the winning brew will benefit.

FIRST PLACE:  $1000; SECOND PLACE: $750; THIRD PLACE: $500

Open to the public. Cast your vote on a cask, $20 for a tasting card and vote. $20 allows you to taste all the Cask for a Cause Ales and vote for your favorite! Cask Ale Voting closes at 7pm, Charity winner announced at 7:30pm.

“Craft beer is rising in popularity all over the place and Louisville is no exception.  At Casks for a Cause, teams from the local media will each concoct their perfect brew using a base beer from Goodwood Brewing Co. and special ingredients from My Old Kentucky Homebrew.  It’s exciting to see what the different teams come up with and it will be even more fun to drink the results.”
Paul Young
My Old Kentucky Homebrew

WHO: Tailspin Ale Fest, Goodwood Brewing Company, My Old Kentucky Homebrew & Local Personalities

WHAT: Casks for a Cause

WHEN: Saturday, June 20th, 2pm-9pm. Voting closes at 7pm. Winners announced at 7:30pm.

WHERE: 636 E Main Street (On Clay Street, between Main and Market)

COST: $20 includes tastes of all Cask for a Cause Ales and voting card

HIGHLIGHTS: Craft Brews made by local Media and Community Personalities, Charity Benefit, Food trucks, Art & Craft Vendors, Live Music

Entertainment: The Cathouse Liars, Soul River Brown and Hot Iron Skillet,

 DJ J.Mack and Grey will end the evening with Dance Party USA!

Casks for a Cause
Presented by Tailspin Ale Fest

Goodwood Brewing Company

& My Old Kentucky Homebrew
Saturday, June 20th
2pm-11pm

636 E Main Street (On Clay Street, between Main and Market)

Arts & Craft Vendors

Live Music

It’s Louder Than Ever – Louder Than Life Returns to Louisville Monday, Jun 15 2015 

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ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd Head Rock Lineup

Discounted Tickets, VIP, Hotel and Camping Packages Available Now

NASHVILLE, TENN. — LOUDER THAN LIFE returns to Champions Park near downtown Louisville October 3 & 4, 2015 for the second annual celebration of the region’s culture and cuisine, once again featuring award-winning bourbons and spirits, Gourmet Man Food, and a powerful music lineup.

LOUDER THAN LIFE’s premier selection of bourbon, whiskey, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food is curated personally by festival creator Danny Wimmer. The spectacular music lineup of rock legends and breaking talent includes Rob Zombie, ZZ Top, Godsmack, Shinedown, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Breaking Benjamin, 3 Doors Down, Bring Me The Horizon, and many more.

Discounted tickets, VIP, hotel and camping packages for LOUDER THAN LIFE are available today,Monday, June 15, through Friday, June 26 at 11:59 AM ET at www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com. Please see below for full details.

louder2LOUDER THAN LIFE is expanding in 2015 by adding another stage. This year’s bands will perform on four stages, while attendees will enjoy bourbon exhibitions and sampling, along with more than 70 food and beverage vendors that will help celebrate the bourbon culture and culinary heritage of this unique American city. In addition to music performances, LOUDER THAN LIFE will feature live, in-ring matches with WWE®’s NXT Superstars, as well as interactive experiences such as artist autograph signings at the Monster Energy Hospitality Rig, the Monster Energy viewing area with beverage sampling, The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience, Jack Daniel’s Experience, and Zippo Encore Music Experience. In 2014, over 40,000 people–including locals and the tens of thousands that traveled from around the U.S. and as far away as Australia, the Netherlands and South America–were in attendance for this one-of-a-kind experience. Check out the 2014 LOUDER THAN LIFE video recap here: https://vimeo.com/118846628.

The band lineup for LOUDER THAN LIFE is as follows: Rob Zombie, ZZ Top, Godsmack, Shinedown, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Breaking Benjamin, 3 Doors Down, Bring Me The Horizon, Seether, Chevelle, Collective Soul, Of Mice & Men, Black Stone Cherry, Hollywood Undead, Atreyu, Sevendust, Skid Row, Kentucky Headhunters, Tremonti, Hinder, Issues, We Came As Romans, Saint Asonia, Nothing More, 10 Years, Butcher Babies, Starset, We Are Harlot, Beartooth, Turbowolf, The Temperance Movement, Marmozets, Art of Dying, Aranda, Glorious Sons, Dorothy, Like A Storm, Kill It Kid, All Them Witches, Whiskey Myers, Jelly Roll, Red Sun Rising, Goodbye June, Raveneye, Cilver, Romantic Rebel.

Daily band lineups will be announced on Friday, June 26.

ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons says, “We’re amping up about making the show at ’s LOUDER THAN LIFE. It’s a win/win/win with rockin’ and rollin,’ terrific cuisine, and downright downable drinks. Even while performing we’ll make way to check it out.”

Festival producer Danny Wimmer says, “It isn’t often that a lineup comes together to represent a multigenerational greatest hits playlist — but I think that is exactly what I was able to accomplish with the bands playing this year’s LOUDER THAN LIFE. I’ve also been working hard with our participating chefs to add even more flavors and surprises to our selection of Gourmet Man Food. And with the very best that and the region has to offer from its distilleries and breweries, I am proud to say that this festival will have something for everyone.”

Mayor Greg Fischer said, “ is home to some of the world’s best music and food and there’s definitely only one area to come to for bourbon, so where else would you have a festival experience such as LOUDER THAN LIFE? We’re excited that we can host this great event in such a super venue down by our waterfront and show all the music, food and bourbon fans what our city and people are all about.”

Here are the preliminary lists of LOUDER THAN LIFE bourbon, craft beer, and Gourmet Man Foodpartners, as well as festival experiences:

Bourbon: Angels Envy, Basil Hayden’s, Benchmark, Buffalo Trace, Bulleit, Eagle Rare, Evan Williams, Four Roses, Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, Jim Beam White, Jim Beam Apple, Fire & Honey, Knob Creek, Makers Mark, Old Forester, Town Branch, Wild Turkey, Willet, Woodford Reserve

Whiskey & Other Spirits: Jack Daniel’s, along with Copper & Kings American Brandy, Jägermeister

Gourmet Man Food: 502 Café, Black Rock Grille, Blackbeard Espresso, Bourbon Barrel Foods, Chicago Taste Authority, Classic Home Cookin’, Dia de los Tamales, Doc Crow’s, El Luchador, Garage Bar, Hi-Five Doughnuts, Holy Mole, International Spud Station, Iron & Barley, Island Noodles, J Goodwin’s Fusion Grill, Jack Daniel’s BBQ, La Peche, Lexie Lu’s, Lil Cheezers, Long Shot Lobsta, Dessert Truck, Sushi Truck, Mac Attack, Momma’s BBQ, Monkey Wrench, Mount Olympus, Pho Shizzle, Pie Baby, Pollo, Red Top Dogs, Sacrilicious, SideBar @ Whiskey Row, Spotz Gelato, The Traveling Kitchen, Up In Smoke BBQ, Zoom Zoom Yum

Craft Beer (Regional or Artist Inspired) & Wine:Alltech Lexington (Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Kentucky Ale), Falls City Beer (Hipster Repellant IPA, City Pale Ale), GoodWood Brewery (Bourbon Barrel Stout, Bourbon Barrel Ale, Lager), Iron Maiden’s Trooper Beer, Motörhead’s Shiraz Wine, New Albanian Brewing Company (Black & Bluegrass, Hoosier Daddy), West Sixth (West Sixth IPA, Deliberation Amber and Lemongrass American Wheat), and more.

WWE’s NXT: LOUDER THAN LIFE will feature live, in-ring matches with WWE’s NXT Superstars.  NXTis WWE’s developmental division based out of the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. Over the past two years, NXT has grown into one of the hottest sports entertainment brands in the world, featuring incredible athleticism and compelling storylines that can be seen every Wednesday night at 8:00 PM ET on the award-winning WWE Network.

Monster Energy: Monster Energy will help fans celebrate the weekend with artist autograph signings at the Monster Energy Hospitality Rig. As always, come by the Monster Hospitality area for an ice coldMonster Energy to refuel and keep the party going all weekend long!

The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience powered by Musicians Institute: The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience is a free, interactive “rock star” exhibit where fans can get hands-on interaction with tons of musical equipment–much of which is used by their favorite artists performing on stage at the show—and attend artist signings with members of variousLOUDER THAN LIFE bands. LOUDER THAN LIFEand The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience also host a group of local music students as part of The Student Experience, which includes a backstage educational tour and participation in various contests and activities at The Crazy Dave’s Music Experience tent.

Jack Daniel’s Experience: Jack Daniel’s will bring a “Taste of Tennessee” to as an official sponsor of LOUDER THAN LIFE. The Jack Daniel’s Experience, a mobile museum, is bringing a little of the much-loved distillery from Lynchburg. The Experience is open to all folks, 21 years old and up, for tours free of charge throughout the festival.www.jackdaniels.com

Zippo Encore Music Experience: Throughout the festival weekend, Zippo Encore Music Experiencewill feature a pop-up retail shop that will have limited edition LOUDER THAN LIFE lighters for sale. There will also be a “spin it to win it” game to win daily prizes, as well as an onsite lighter design contest and the one of a kind Zippo car on display.www.Zippo.com

A special rolling ticket pre-sale atwww.LouderThanLifeFestival.com will start onMonday, June 15 at Noon ET and run throughFriday, June 26 at 11:59 AM ET (or when pre-sale tickets sell out). During the pre-sale, a limited number of weekend discounted General Admission and VIP tickets will be available for purchase. The pre-sale ticket prices are as follows:

Pre-Sale #1
2-Day General Admission: $79.50
2-Day VIP: $199.50
GA Ticket 4-Pack: $299

Pre-Sale #2 (begins when Pre-Sale #1 tickets are sold out)
2-Day General Admission: $89.50
(Note: All other pre-sale prices remain the same throughout the pre-sale, while supplies last.)

Hotel, camping and VIP packages will also be available for purchase during the pre-sale.

Regularly priced tickets go on sale Friday, June 26 at Noon ET at www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com. Tickets will be priced as follows at that time:

2-Day General Admission: $99.50
2-Day VIP: $214.50
GA Ticket 4-Pack: $340
Single Day General Admission: $69.50
Single Day VIP: $129.50

Ticket discounts will also be available for active military through LOUDER THAN LIFE partner GovX beginning June 26.

VIP tickets include: VIP entrance to venue; LED screens featuring video feed from all three main stages; VIP dedicated restrooms; upgraded Gourmet Man Food; upgraded bourbon and cocktail selections; shaded VIP pavilion with chairs, tables and couches adjacent to the VIP viewing area (exclusive view of North and South main stages from a seated and standing area located near main stage South); commemorative laminate.

Website: www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/louderthanlifefestival
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ltlfest
Instagram: http://instagram.com/louderthanlifefest
2014 Festival Recap Video:https://vimeo.com/118846628

Our Hotness Levels for THE WEEK Friday, Jun 12 2015 

The men's room in Portland's Faulkner Gallery

If there was any doubt that summer was here, the hundred or so folks who ventured west to Portland to hear Gill Holland on Thursday night will confirm it. In a sweltering warehouse, Holland joked that it was the grand opening of the Portland Spa and Sauna. Air conditioning would be a great addition at the massive Tim Faulkner Gallery.

 

Gill Holland in Portland

Gill Holland in Portland

Holland, of course, is trying to do for Portland what he did for NuLu, turn around a dismal area that, though rich in history, is mainly an eyesore. And he knows about Portland’s history, its 1800s role as an essential Ohio River stop, its visits from the famous (Charles Dickens) and its own famous (Jim Porter). Holland spoke about progress, how our city now has the most shotgun houses in the country, and what it’s going to take to fix the vacant and abandoned ones (you want a house for a dollar?).

Finally, he talked about changing the culture, about a new scholarship program that will help disadvantaged resident from one of the poorest zip codes in the U.S. get scholarships to college. It was an inspired talk, and those who missed out on being a part of Holland’s vision for NuLu should consider joining him now in Portland.

It’s Westward: Another event showcased West Louisville this week. I went to the Forum at Vincenzo’s Wednesday, where four progressive women talked about the importance of local food.  Among them was Caroline Heine, who’s directing the effort to place an economic engine for food in heart of West , called FoodPort. Expect to hear a lot more about that soon, and with the plans for a westward push for Waterfront Park, there is momentum for development. So if you’re one of those Louisvillians who’s never been west of 9th Street, there are reasons to go.

Oh, the Weather: It must be cool to have Ben Pine’s kids on your Little League team in southern Indiana. I talked to the WHAS-TV weather chief this week on the Rusty Satellite, and learned that his insight does help when it comes to rainouts.

Needle Exchange: I hope you’re not affected by this, but I talked with Dr. Sarah Moyer about the city’s brand-new needle exchange program, an important step in keeping a real problem from getting worse. And the interim director of the city’s Public Health Department is a pretty interesting person.

Paula Presley photo

Paula Presley photo

New Brewery in Jeffersontown: Watch for 3rd Turn Brewery, opening in September in the old Moose Lodge in Jtown, just steps from City Hall. It’s stumbling distance from my house.

And a Highlands Beer Garden: All it takes is $1.5 million, and that ugly KFC corner in the Highlands could become a really, really cool beer garden, like it was at the turn of the 19th century.

It’s a Lifetime Deal for Pitino: Our beloved basketball coach will be old, really old, if he finishes out his new contract. He’ll be 73 or so in 2026. I think he’ll do it, as long as he keeps winning.

Best Bet for the Weekend: Go to the track and see American Pharaoh

NiFi, a new music festival comes to the Kentucky Speedway! Friday, Jun 12 2015 

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SPARTA, KY – JUNE 11, 2015 – Nitro Fidelity in association with Kentucky Speedway are excited to announce the single day lineup for inaugural NiFi Festival.

Single day tickets will also be available beginning Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 10am est via nififest.com. The single day tickets can be purchased at an incredibly low introductory offer of $69 while supplies last or until June 30, 2015. After introductory tickets are sold out, the price for a single day ticket will be available for $99. Three-day tickets are still available for $199. AN Ignited One Day Pass is also available for $275.

The three-day NiFi Festival will be taking place August 28 – 30, 2015 at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY, centrally located near Cincinnati, Louisville and Lexington, and within easy driving distance of a number of major municipalities including Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Charleston, Knoxville, St. Louis, Nashville, Indianapolis and Columbus. Nitro Fidelity has partnered with Huka Entertainment and AJ Niland to curate a range of artists from multiple genres. The all-star line up will include over 40 artists: Green Day, Kings of Leon, Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen, Weezer, Hank Williams, Jr. and more. The full lineup is below. General Admission and Ignited (VIP) tickets go on sale on May 28, 10am eastern via nififest.com.

Besides world-class music performances, NiFi will also be offering an incomparable food and beverage experience that will include local chefs, food trucks, brewers and distillers.

Local superstar chef, the James Beard Award nominated Edward Lee will be featured as the culinary headliner.

General admission tickets will include three-day access and complimentary car camping.

Optional tent camping and RV upgrades will be available. An “Ignited Pass” will include three-day access and preferred camping as well as entry to the Ignited Lounge with complimentary drinks, menu by Chef Edward Lee and activities as well as exclusive viewing areas and more. The “Headliner Experience” will include a fully loaded tour bus plus personal concierge and gourmet meals.

NiFi will have three music stages, including one that is dedicated solely to emerging talent. All events will be held in the infield of the speedway in order to allow patrons to get the most out of the infrastructure and benefits of the venue. The incredible music is sure to make for an epic three-day weekend that will feature multiple lodging options, an elevated food and beverage program as well as a variety of dynamic activities.

Additional lineup announcements and a daily schedule of artists will be available soon.

For the latest NiFi news and updates, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/nififest

The inaugural NiFi Festival daily lineups:

FRIDAY

Green Day

Hank Williams, Jr.

Flogging Molly

Trace Adkins

Joe Nichols

Jana Kramer

Preservation Hall

Jazz Band

Bully

Drake White & The Big Fire

Rayland Baxter

Native Run

David Fanning

Dean Alexander

The Marcus King Band

SATURDAY

Kings of Leon

Weezer

Spoon

Josh Turner

Benjamin Booker

Built to Spill

Cloud Nothings

The Orwells

Charlie Worsham

Brooke Eden

MamaDear

Firekid

LEVON

SUNDAY

Miranda Lambert

Brantley Gilbert

Jake Owen

Gov’t Mule

Bleachers

The New Pornographers

Joy Formidable

Black Lips

Moon Taxi

Jon Pardi

Nikki Lane

Jacob Davis

Tucker Beathard

Walker County

Night with the Pharoah on Saturday At Churchill Downs Thursday, Jun 11 2015 

American Pharaoh, Firing Line and Dortmund lead the field into the turn for home. Paula Presley photo

TRIPLE CROWN HERO AMERICAN PHAROAH TO PARADE AT CHURCHILL DOWNS BEFORE FANS AT SATURDAY NIGHT’S “DOWNS AFTER DARK”

Thrilling Racing Meets Nightlife Event to Feature Stephen Foster Handicap and Possible Spot in $5 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic

Kentucky Derby 141 contender American Pharoah worked out at Churchill Downs on April 29, 2015

American Pharoah worked out at Churchill Downs on April 29, 2015. Photo by Bill Brymer.

The best party in town this Saturday night just got a lot better. Fans will be able to cheer Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in person as he parades on the track and in the Paddock at “Downs After Dark” presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka. The evening also will highlight the annual Kentucky Derby Trophy presentation to American Pharoah’s winning jockey Victor Espinoza, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and owner and breeder Amhed Zayat.

In addition to celebrating American Pharoah’s historic win, guests will enjoy a nightclub atmosphere, live music by The Pass, silk aerialist performances, specialty cocktails and 11 live races, including four stakes races. Bet or No Bet presented by Thorntons will give one lucky fan the chance to wager $4,000 to win on the horse of their choice. The evening’s theme is “White Party” so guests are encouraged to wear their best summer whites.

 

The night’s racing will feature two exciting Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win & You’re In™ stakes to earn starting spots in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships in October at Keeneland. The winner of the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by GE (Grade I), one of the most important races for older horses, will earn a spot in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) and the winner of the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap Presented by Thorntons (GII) will earn a spot in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI). Saturday’s stakes races also include the $100,000 Matt Winn (GIII) and the $100,000 Regret (GIII).

Tickets are still available for the new Courtyard, where fans 21 and over can see the action up close along the track’s homestretch.

WHEN:    Saturday Night, June 13

  • Gates open at 5 p.m., first race at 6 p.m., last race at 11:10 p.m. and on-track party continues until midnight
  • American Pharoah paraded after Race 5 at approximately 8:10 p.m. * subject to change
  • Engraved Kentucky Derby Trophy presentation after Race 6 around 8:30 p.m. * subject to change
  • Live Music by The Pass in the Plaza begins at 7:50 p.m.
  • Silk Aerialist performances take place in the Aristides Garden before Races 2-7
  • “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In” airs on NBCSN from 8-10 p.m.
  • Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN) coverage airs on Sirius channel 92 from 8-10 p.m.

 

Louisville City FC Brings On Chicago Fire’s Collin Fernandez Wednesday, Jun 10 2015 

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Louisville, KY (June 9, 2015) — City FC announced today that 18-year-old midfielder Collin Fernandez has joined the club on-loan from Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire. Fernandez, a current member of the U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team player pool, was also named to the roster for the U-14 Boy’s National Team trip to Mexico in 2011 and spent 2013 at the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida while moving through the Fire Academy ranks.

Chicago-Fire.com

Chicago-Fire.com

“Collin is a very young talented player who also has national team experience,” head coach, James O’Connor said. “We feel he will be a good addition to our squad and we look forward to playing a part in his development.”

Fernandez signed to the Chicago Fire last August as a Homegrown Player after spending several seasons in the Fire’s youth academy. He made four appearances with the Fire Reserve team in 2014, including three as a professional.

During the 2013-14 season, Fernandez began to really standout in the US Soccer Development Academy. The 5’8″ midfielder scored 16 goals in 25 matches while playing up an age group with the U-18 Chicago Fire. The Downers-Grove, Illinois native was named Central Conference U-16 Player of the Year while with the academy.

In 2014, Fernandez helped the U.S. U-18 National Team win the 21st International Tournament of Václav Ježek in the Czech Republic, by scoring a goal and dishing out a pair of assists in the three tournament matches.

After spending his two weeks on trial, Fernandez is now available to play for City FC starting tomorrow versus FC Montreal.

City will return home on June 20th to face another MLS 2 team in the form of the New York Red Bulls 2. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting louisvillecityfc.com/tickets.

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