Cocktails with Champions Set for March 2 at O’Shea’s in Louisville KY Wednesday, Feb 10 2016 

Make plans now to attend a warm-up for St. Patrick’s Day at Louisville’s famed O’Shea’s in the Highlands. It’s all set for Tuesday, March 2 from 5-7 p.m., and will feature entertainment and some speciality cocktails from our friends at Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey!

Come and join me for a Chocolate Car Bomb!

“Cocktails with Champions”
O’Shea’s Highlands (956 Baxter Ave)
Happy Hour Priced Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey
“Irish” Specialty Drinks
Happy Hour Food Specials
Raffle Prizes and suggested donation at the door benefiting APRON Inc.

March 2, 2016, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m


CWCLogo2016Louisville, KY — The first-ever Cocktails with Champions event will feature Happy Hour-priced specialty cocktails from Ballotin Whiskey, live entertainment and an array of prizes for guests.

Cocktails with Champions is set for March 2 at O’Shea’s in the Highlands, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Portion of Money raised at the event will go to APRON Inc. – The mission ofAPRON Inc. is to provide temporary, limited financial aid to professionals in need who work in locally owned restaurants and F&B industry based establishments.  Clients have either experienced financial distress due to an illness, injury or other life changing hardships and need financial relief.

 Paul Tuell, founder of Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey, said the event is a great way to give back to the community and the people that has been so supportive of Ballotin.

“We are just really fortunate to have the exciting restaurant and bar scene we have in Louisville, said Tuell.  People power that scene; they are our colleagues and friends.  We are proud to collaborate with APRON Inc in their support of them.”

“I’ve been a part of an event called Breakfast of Champions for many years,” Rick Redding said. “And many times I’ve been asked to come up with something for those non-breakfast types. Cocktails with Champions is designed to attract the same type of mover and shaker that we continue to host at our breakfasts.”

WHO:        Ballotin Whiskey, O’Shea’s, APRON Inc. and YOU!

 WHAT:      A night to experience Louisville’s Cocktail Culture

 WHEN:      Wednesday, March 2  5pm-7pm

 WHERE:    O’Shea’s Irish Pub      956 Baxter Ave

WHY:         So Irish Eyes will keep smiling!


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Sponsors announced for Louisville Ky’s Thunder over Louisville Tuesday, Feb 9 2016 

February 9, 2016 Louisville, KY.  – Six companies are returning to sponsor this year’s Thunder Over Louisville – the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies.  Derby Festival made the announcement at their headquarters this morning.  Horseshoe Southern Indiana, KentuckyOne Health, LG&E, Meijer, UPS and Valero are all Presenting Sponsors of the 2016 Thunder Over Louisville fireworks and air show to be held on Saturday, April 23, along the banks of the Ohio River in downtown. In addition to the six presenting sponsors, Ford Motor Company returns as sponsor of Ford’s Thunder on the Ground.

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“Without the support of these generous sponsors, we simply wouldn’t be able to produce the Thunder show the public has come to expect and anticipate,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO. “Their sponsorship really is a gift to the entire community.”

This is the 26th consecutive year that UPS has been a presenting sponsor of Thunder Over Louisville. Horseshoe Southern Indiana has been a Thunder presenting sponsor for 17 consecutive years; LG&E and Meijer have both been Thunder sponsors for the past ten years in a row; this is the fourth year for KentuckyOne Health and third year for Valero.

For the fifth year in a row, Ford is title sponsor of the Thunder on the Ground attraction, which showcases a wide variety of activities taking place during the day in and around Waterfront Park on April 23.

This year’s Thunder theme – “No Strings Attached” – is a turn of phrase referring to Thunder’s spectacular air show and fireworks, which soar in the sky on Thunder Day.  It’s also a nod to the soundtrack recorded by the Louisville Orchestra under Teddy Abrams direction. Over 40 well-known works by composers like Holst, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Mozart were recorded for the soundtrack. Songs from My Morning Jacket, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, and Metallica were also included in the repertoire.

Thunder Over Louisville

The Festival is planning for another packed air show in 2016. The show will feature the U.S. Navy Parachute Team – The Leap Frogs, as well as the Trojan Horsemen T-28 Demo Team, Billy Werth and Kate Kyer.  Details regarding other air acts that will perform in the 2016 Thunder Air Show are still being finalized.  A complete show schedule will be released closer to the show date.

Thunder Over Louisville’s 2016 Official Broadcast Partners are WDRB TV and SummitMedia’s 106.9 PLAY.

Thunder Over Louisville – the Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies – is one of nearly 70 events produced by the Derby Festival in the spring. The 2016 Thunder Over Louisville, themed “No Strings Attached,” is set for Saturday, April 23, and will be the  will be the 27th annual production.

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Louisville Ky presents unprecedented arts collaboration Tuesday, Feb 9 2016 

Louisville Ballet Louisville Orchestra present
Spring Collaboration

Orchestra and Ballet join forces for a true partnership to create new works.

Louisville, KY (January 3, 2016)…. In an unprecedented collaboration, on March 4 and 5 the Louisville Orchestra joins forces with Louisville Ballet for Spring Collaboration, which marks their first full co-production together. Comprising three fully-staged ballets, all with original choreography by Award-winner Adam Hougland, the program showcases the world premiere of Hougland’s reinvention of Stravinsky’s seminal ballet Petrouchka, alongside his Cold Virtues, set to the music of Philip Glass, and a world premiere ballet, Union, with original music, Unified Field, by Teddy Abrams, the Louisville Orchestra’s Music Director.

The three performances of Spring Collaboration are Friday, March 4 at 8pmwith two performances on Saturday, March 5 at 2pm and 8pm. Single tickets range from $100 – $28 and are available by calling 502-584-7777 or by visiting the Kentucky Center website here:

Although the Louisville Orchestra has frequently accompanied Louisville Ballet productions, the two have never previously joined forces in equal partnership. When Abrams and Robert Curran first met, there was, Curran recalls, “a true meeting of the minds from the beginning.” As he explains:

“We both agreed instantly that artistic collaboration, both locally and nationally, is critical to growing all art forms. I knew almost as soon as I arrived in Louisville, that the company should engage with the orchestra in a true partnership, and how lucky for us all that Teddy came to the table with the same idea. This groundbreaking production is really an amazing way to start.”



The program begins with Adam Hougland’s Cold Virtues (2003), a Louisville Ballet commission that the San Francisco Chronicle calls “engrossing to the end.” It is set to Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto, which will be heard in an arrangement for alto saxophone that was approved by the composer himself. The adaptation is the work of two-timeGrammy-nominee Amy Dickson, who made history as the first saxophonist and the first Australian to win a Classic Brit Award, and who joins the Louisville Orchestra as saxophone soloist.

Amy Dickson

As Abrams says, “Amy is an extraordinary musician and has created this arrangement for the saxophone. There aren’t a lot of sax players who can pull it off. Glass’ signature for this Violin Concerto is that driving, perpetual motion. A violinist doesn’t need to stop the bow, but a sax player would typically need to pause to draw a breath. Amy is able to achieve that through an advanced technique called ‘circular breathing.’ Like a string player, she is able to be continuous, never stopping the sound. And how often do you get to see a saxophone concerto?”

Adam Houghland

Next up on the program is Adam Hougland’s world-premiere ballet, Union, with a new music by Teddy Abrams, Unified Field. This is Abrams’ first ballet score, and as he explains:

“The new ballet that I’ve composed, Unified Field, is essentially a short symphony. The title reflects the philosophy that, like the theoretical concept of all of nature’s fundamental forces being interconnected, music has an inherent universality that allows for communication regardless of its style or provenance. The piece transitions from neo-Romanticism to funk to blues to bluegrass using core motives that attempt to unify and bind the work together. The short movements use structures that Bach or Mozart commonly employed: sonata form, dances, rondos, and even a passacaglia. I hope this work demonstrates this broad and inclusive philosophy – an approach that we embrace each day at the Louisville Orchestra.”

The program culminates with a reimagined version of Petrouchka. Requiring such grand-scale forces that regional companies only rarely attempt to produce it in its entirety, Petrouchka – one of the three early ballets that first catapulted Stravinsky to fame – was perfect for their purposes. Created expressly for the upcoming collaboration, Hougland’s new choreography offers an original take on the Russian master’s rhythmically propulsive, folk-imbued masterpiece.

Adam Hougland is the Principle Choreographer for Louisville Ballet and has created seven critically acclaimed original works for the company includingRite of Spring with special guest artist Wendy Whelan. He has won The Princess Grace Award for Choreography, The Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, and was named one Dance Magazine’s 25 to watch for 2011. For a full bio click here. || Click here to see a video of Cold Virtues.

Teddy Abrams

Teddy Abrams, the Louisville Orchestra’s multi-talented Music Director. Dubbed “a triple threat and then some in the classical music world” (San Francisco Chronicle), in addition to conducting, curating, and performing, the Music Director is also an award-winning composer whose music has been showcased by the New World Symphony, the Britt Festival and Louisville Orchestra. Now in the second season of his tenure, it was Abrams whose galvanizing leadership jumpstarted the orchestra’s current creative resurgence; as the young conductor puts it, “We want people to sit up and say, ‘Look what they are doing in Louisville!’” For a full bio click here. || Click herefor Music Makes A City Now webisodes.

Grammy Nominated, Amy Dickson is an internationally celebrated saxophonist who has recorded six critically acclaimed albums with Sony Classical. It was the second album, Glass, Tavener, Nyman recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra that includes her own transcriptions of Phillip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 1. Dickson’s repertoire is strongly influenced by her passion for new music. She is deeply committed and has made a substantial contribution to the development of new repertoire for the saxophone. She has premiered new works for saxophone and orchestra or chamber ensemble and is a regular collaborator with today’s leading composers. For a full bio clickhere. || Click here to see a video of Amy Dickson performing Glass’ Violin Concerto.

Founded in 1952, Louisville Ballet is one of the nation’s leading regional ballet companies. With a repertoire of more than 150 works and more than 70 world premieres to date, its productions are attended by more than 100,000 people each season. Under new leadership since last season’s appointment of former Australian Ballet principal dancer Robert Curran as Artistic and Executive Director, Louisville Ballet is now, like the orchestra, enjoying a period of artistic and economic renewal. For more about the Louisville Ballet’s 2015-16 Season visit their website at

Founded in 1937 under the leadership of Robert Whitney, The Louisville Orchestra performs over 125 concerts each season throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The Louisville Orchestra’s rich history included a deep dedication to contemporary music, and started commissioning new works in 1948. By 1950 the LO’s First Edition Recordings were distributed globally, sharing the music of celebrated composers such as Aaron Copland, Dimitri Shostakovich and even Duke Ellington. With the insight and energy of the new Music Director, Teddy Abrams, the LO is and expanding connections between musicians and music lovers once again by commissioning and performing world premieres. For more information about the Louisville Orchestra visit

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Garth is coming to Louisville Ky Wednesday, Feb 3 2016 

Photos are from Garth Brook’s Instagram page.

LOS ANGELES- February 3rd, 2016- For the first time in 18 years, The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood returns to Louisville, KY. The concert will be Saturday, April 9th, 7:00 PM at KFC Yum! Center.

Tickets will be on sale Friday, February 12th at 10:00 AM EST. Official tickets can only be purchased at or either Ticketmaster Express 1-866-448-7849 or 1-800-745-3000. Please note there will be an eight-ticket limit per purchase an no ticket sales at the venue box office or Ticketmaster outlets on February 12th.

Garth Brooks

Tickets will cost $61.07 plus a $3.66 tax, a $4.00 facility fee and a $6.25 service charge for a total of $74.98.


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Louisville Ky’s Fund for the Arts campaign underway Tuesday, Feb 2 2016 

New partnerships with Churchill Downs and Jennifer Lawrence Foundation

to raise funds for Louisville arts community


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (February 2, 2016) – The Fund for the Arts today kicked off its 2016 annual campaign and announced new partnerships with Churchill Downs and the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Louisville, Inc. The new partnerships bring added star power to the Fund for the Arts’ 2016 campaign to help expand the reach and impact of the arts across Louisville.


The partnership with Churchill Downs will celebrate and raise money for Louisville’s arts community during this year’s Kentucky Derby week Opening Night, presented by Stella Artois and Old Forester, on Saturday, April 30. During the evening, the Fund for the Arts, the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation and Churchill Downs will present Louisville’s inaugural Award in the Arts, a separate ticketed benefit event in the newly renovated Stakes Room to celebrate and recognize local artists and arts supporters.

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“These new partnerships have the potential to greatly expand the reach of the arts, and the impact the arts can have in terms of quality of life, education and economic development,” said Steve Trager, Republic Bank chairman and CEO, and chair of the Fund for the Arts’ 2016 annual campaign. “We are tremendously thankful for the involvement of Churchill Downs and the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation who will help make 2016 a banner year for increasing the impact of the arts across Louisville.”


Opening Night Celebrates Louisville’s Arts

Churchill Downs’ Opening Night will kick off Derby week this year by showcasing Louisville’s arts community.


“We are proud to support Louisville’s vibrant arts community, and the important work of the Fund for the Arts and its supporters,” said Kevin Flanery, president, Churchill Downs Racetrack. “We can’t think of a better way to kick off Derby week than by celebrating the art and artists that make Louisville great.”


During the evening of live racing, live arts performances will take place in locations throughout the facility and video vignettes of the performances will be shown on Churchill Downs’ Big Board. A portion of proceeds from Opening Night will benefit the Fund for the Arts and guests can contribute directly to the Fund for the Arts at a number of donation stations set up around the racetrack.


“We want to give guests at Opening Night an arts experience around every turn,” said Christen Boone, president and CEO, Fund for the Arts. “The arts and Kentucky Derby week are all about passion, color, excitement and fun, so this partnership can become a wonderful way to kick off Derby week and support the Louisville arts community at the same time.”


The Fund for the Arts is making a call for artists for Opening Night and interested artists should contact Mo McKnight at (502) 414-1278 or For sponsorship details, contact Abby Shue at (502) 582-0104 For event information on Opening Night, presented by Stella Artois and Old Forester, visit


Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Aligns with the Fund for the Arts

The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, the Fund for the Arts and Churchill Downs will co-present a separate, ticketed benefit during Opening Night. This VIP event in the new Stakes Room at Churchill Downs will include a reception and the presentation of Louisville’s inaugural Awards in the Arts.


The Awards in the Arts will celebrate the extraordinary arts community in the Greater Louisville region and the arts’ tremendous contribution to our unique cultural landscape and quality of life. The Awards in the Arts were established to celebrate local artists’ talent and passion to create, produce and present transformative and inspiring works of art, in and for our community. The awards will recognize individual artists, performers and craftsmen who have achieved national recognition, lifetime achievement and emerging talent. Other awards will recognize arts innovation, arts impact and arts education. Nominations for Louisville’s Awards in the Arts can be made online


“I am so proud to support my hometown of Louisville with this partnership with the Fund for the Arts and Churchill Downs,” said Jennifer Lawrence. “Supporting the arts is incredibly important to me and I am thrilled that we will be able create new, transformative arts experiences across Kentucky.”

Jennifer Lawrence

“The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation is excited to be partnering with two iconic Louisville organizations, Churchill Downs and Fund for the Arts, to create a unique, one of a kind experience,” said Meredith Lawrence, executive director, Jennifer Lawrence Foundation. “This partnership will allow us to further our goal of enriching the Louisville arts community.”


This special evening will be unlike any other Louisville gala. Guests will enjoy live thoroughbred racing from the best view at the racetrack, signature cocktails and dinner, while mingling with the Louisville’s arts community. Awards in the Arts will be presented in the winner’s circle and on the track’s Big Board between races. The inaugural awards program will also serve as the debut of Churchill Downs’ newly renovated Stakes Room.


For sponsor and ticket information for Louisville’s inaugural Awards in the Arts, presented by the Fund for the Arts, the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation and Churchill Downs, please call (502) 582-0100 or visit


Fund for the Arts Launches 2016 Campaign

The Fund for the Arts announced the new partnerships today as part of its annual campaign kickoff event. Several hundred campaign coordinators from companies across the region attended the event and enjoyed a luncheon, arts mini-performances and remarks from the Fund’s campaign leaders.


Workplace giving is a primary source of income to the Fund for the Arts, and nearly 200 companies and 20,000 donors contribute to the Fund every year. Combined with support from corporate, individual and foundation donors, the Fund for the Arts raised more than $8 million last year. The Fund for the Arts supported 15 cultural partners, 75 arts and cultural projects with 37 organizations through power2give, as well as arts experiences and residencies in 113 schools and 12 community centers through the Every Child Arts Education Initiative across the region. The collective impact was $259 million in annual economic activity, 400,000 arts in education experiences and access to every school and zip code in the region.


To learn more about the Fund for the Arts annual campaign,





Fund for the Art is a regional nonprofit with the mission to maximize the arts to drive economic development, education, and quality of life in our community. The Fund conducts one of the oldest united arts campaigns and supports world-class institutions, community organizations and arts-in-education. The Fund for the Arts also, an online crowd-funding platform for any 501(c)3 organization in Kentucky and Southern Indiana to post arts and culture projects and the nationally recognized NeXt! leadership development program for young professionals. For more information, visit



Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 7, 2016. The track’s 2016 Spring Meet is scheduled for April 30-July 2. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times. For more information visit



The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation is a component fund of The Community Foundation of Louisville, Inc. The fund supports a variety of charities, including the Fund for the Arts, Boys and Girls Club, Make-A-Wish Foundation, West End School, St. Mary’s Center, Special Olympics and more. For more information, visit

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Louisville Ky’s own Jordan Smith named parade grand marshal Monday, Feb 1 2016 


January 29, 2016 Louisville, KY. – Kentucky’s own Jordan Smith, winner of season 9 of The Voice and Republic Records recording artist, will serve as Grand Marshal of the 2016 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade.  The 61st annual parade is themed “Fun for the Arts,” and is set to march down Broadway on Thursday, May 5th.


“Our list of Grand Marshals is a who’s who of notable Kentuckians and we are thrilled to add Jordan to the top of that list,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO. “He joins a long line of Kentuckians who are making our Commonwealth proud, in many walks of life. He’ll no doubt have everyone singing as he makes his way down the parade route.”


Jordan, 22-years-old, wowed the judges on The Voice. From Harlan, Kentucky, he grew up in a musical family, so making the decision to pursue singing at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, was easy.  He stands out as the highest-selling artist to ever emerge from NBC’s EMMY AWARD®-winning The Voice. In less than six months, he sold over 1 million singles and made Voice history by landing 4 songs in the Top 10—the most of any artist from the show. Meanwhile, eight of his songs went Top 10, 6 hit Top 3, and 3 captured #1 on all of iTunes. He is one of only two artists, alongside Cassadee Pope, to notch three #1’s during the show’s season. Smith released a full-length album, Jordan Smith: The Complete Season 9 Collection, on iTunes one day after his win. Overnight, the album skyrocketed to the Top 5 on the iTunes Overall Album Chart and debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at #11.  His take on Queen’s “Somebody To Love” unseated Adele’s “Hello” from #1 on iTunes Overall Top Songs chart in a matter of hours, moving 164 thousand-plus copies first week and clinching #1 on the Billboard Digital Songs Chart.  The following week his performance of “Mary Did You Know” also shot up to the #1 spot on iTunes and topped SoundScan’s Digital Songs Chart at #1, selling 161 thousand copies in the first week.  “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and “Hallelujah” went #1 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs Chart, and he became “the first artist to replace himself at #1 on the chart.”  Jordan also holds the record on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs Chart for “the first act to own both the #1 and #2 titles concurrently” with “Mary Did You Know” and “Hallelujah”.


This year’s parade theme was inspired by the Fund for the Arts, Louisville’s local and the country’s oldest united arts fund.  “We are incredibly excited that the Derby Festival and Republic Bank have selected ‘Fun for the Arts’ as the 2016 parade theme,” said Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts President and CEO. “Our world-class Arts community makes our region exceptional and we’re thrilled to showcase the power of the Arts up and down Broadway and across all of Derby city.”


The parade theme is used by sponsoring companies to help direct the building of floats and costuming of the inflatable handlers and crew. The floats compete for various awards based on originality, eye appeal, theme representation, animation, attention to detail and enthusiasm. Marching bands use the theme to help with musical selection and it is the basis of costume and concept design for the other marching units.


The Kentucky Derby Festival is still looking for participants for the parade in the following categories: Equestrian, Specialty Unit, Marching Band, Inflatable and Float. Applications can be downloaded online at Those seeking additional information about participating in the parade can contact Jon Pollock at (502) 572-3833


Republic Bank, title sponsor of the event since 2002, returns in 2016. “We are thrilled to once again be the title sponsor of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s oldest event – the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade. As the largest locally owned community bank in Kentucky, we are delighted to be able to bring this Festival favorite to our community,” said Republic Bank Chairman and CEO, Steve Trager.


The Pegasus Parade – the Derby Festival’s oldest founding event – is one of nearly 70 events produced by the Kentucky Derby Festival in the spring and provides an estimated economic impact of more than $22 million. The annual spectacle marches west on Broadway from Campbell to Ninth Street. The parade is broadcast live on WAVE 3 News.


The Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people annually. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

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LouisvilleKY’s “Art of the Derby” from John Mattos Released Saturday, Jan 30 2016 



LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Leading American graphic artist John Mattos, whose Art Deco works have created indelible retro-style images for American films, major sports events and celebrations of iconic individuals, architecture, products and celebrations, has turned his focus to one of the nation’s most important sports and social celebrations to create the officially-licensed artwork for Churchill Downs Racetrack’s 2016 “Art of the Kentucky Derby” series.

The images created by Mattos for the 142nd runnings of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, America’s greatest Thoroughbred race and one of the world’s foremost entertainment events held annually on the first Saturday in May, and the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks, the Derby Eve “Ladies First” celebration surrounding the nation’s top race for 3-year-old fillies, will adorn officially-licensed prints, posters and other merchandise, and also is featured on tickets for seating at both celebrations and souvenir racing programs for those events.

Prints, posters and other officially-licensed Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks 142 merchandise will be available for online purchase at on Monday, Feb. 1. The “Art of the Kentucky Derby” merchandise will be available for purchase in retail outlets shortly afterward.

The 2016 Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs, while the Kentucky Oaks will be run one day earlier on Friday, May 6.

While his “Art of the Kentucky Derby” creations are retro-inspired, Mattos’ artwork for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks combine timeless appearance with modern appeal. The Kentucky Derby image features a pair of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds and riders locked in a classic duel as they approach the Churchill Downs finish line against a colorful backdrop of cheering fans and the track’s iconic Twin Spires. The artwork for the Kentucky Oaks focuses on the event’s “Ladies First” theme. It is centered on a woman, binoculars in hand, pictured against a backdrop of horses in the homestretch of the race. Her attire for the special day is arrayed with Stargazer Lilies, the official Oaks flower, and topped by a traditional Kentucky Oaks hat embellished with a collection of the distinctive pink lilies.

“The opportunity to create imagery for the 2016 Kentucky Derby, an American sporting icon, is truly thrilling,” Mattos said.  “My hope is that I have captured the riveting moment when one powerful thoroughbred is seconds away from winning America’s greatest horse race at Churchill Downs.”

Based in San Francisco, Calif., Mattos’ work is influenced by several pre-World War II poster artists. One of Mattos’ most notable images reflecting that style is the artwork commissioned by the United States Postal Service (“USPS”) in 2007 for a stamp that commemorated legendary Hall of Fame Thoroughbred Seabiscuit, an American sports hero of the 1930s.

His work in horse racing also includes the official artwork for the 2013 and 2014 renewals of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita.

Mattos has created distinctive works for high-profile projects in the United States and abroad that include recent USPS “Forever” stamps that feature depictions of two 1932 Ford “Deuce” roadster hot rods. In 2015, Mattos completed a year-long installation in The Beaumont Hotel London, which is located in Mayfair and has become of London’s most popular new hotels. The Beaumont’s Colony Room restaurant prominently features Mattos’ work.

Work by Mattos in film includes the distinctive and familiar images included in promotional materials for the 1991 science fiction film “The Rocketeer.”

Mattos has earned more than 100 awards for graphic excellence that include a Gold Medal from the New York Society of Illustrators, a Gold from the New York Art Director’s Club and a Silver Medal from the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators.

Other artists and illustrators of national and world renown whose work has been part of the the “Art of the Kentucky Derby” series include legendary singer Tony Bennett (2001); Gary Kelley (2002); Laura Smith (2003); Francis Livingston (2004); Bart Forbes (2005); Dennis Ziemienski (2006 Kentucky Derby);Erica Nordean (2006 Kentucky Oaks); Misha Lenn (2007); Trish Biddle (2008); Jeff Williams (2009);Linda Le Kinff (2010); Lesley Humphrey (2011); Robert Joyner (2012). Derek Gores (2013), Susan Easton Burns (2014) and Kimberly Santini (2015). Other past “official” Kentucky Derby artists includeLeroy NeimanPeter MaxBoguslaw Lustyk and Peter Williams.

ARTWORK - 2016 Kentucky Oaks

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Tickets on sale soon for Derby Festival Fashion show in Louisville ky Thursday, Jan 28 2016 

Photos from KDF’s Facebook Page.

January 28, 2016. Louisville, KY.   – Time to start planning what you’ll be wearing this spring to all the Derby Festival events.  You’ll find the latest looks and hottest trends at the Macy’s Kentucky Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show on March 31st.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 29th at 10 a.m. The event kicks off with cocktails and boutique shopping at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and runway show at 8 p.m. in the Showroom of Horseshoe Southern Indiana. Macy’s has been title sponsor since 2013. 

This year’s fashion show will feature outfits and accessories from more than a dozen local boutiques, Macy’s, and other retailers. Some of the Festival’s Official Products will also be featured and the Official 2016 Derby Festival merchandise will be on sale at the event. At the show, guests will also be treated to a red carpet photo opportunity by Macy’s. Christine Fellingham, Courier-Journal Fashion Editor and HerScene Editor, returns with excitement to produce the runway show once again.
macy's fashion show
Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (502) 584-FEST. Reserved seating tickets are $650 for a table of 10 or $65 each. Tickets for the Lounge area (general admission seating in 2nd floor lounge area) are $35. Contributing sponsors include Guess?, Inc., Horseshoe Southern Indiana, and J Michael’s Spa & Salon. Media Sponsors: Courier-Journal and 102.3 The Max.
macy's fashion show
First produced in 1990, the Kentucky Derby Festival Fashion Show was originally conceived as a venue for unveiling the new Board of Director’s uniform, the teal Pegasus jacket.  It was so successful, the Board of Directors decided to make it a permanent addition to the Festival schedule. Thanks to the support of many retailers, the Spring Fashion Show has become THE fashion show for the spring.
About Kentucky Derby Festival
Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people in a two- week period and has a local economic impact of more than $127 million.  This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.
About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 734 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

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LouisvilleKY’s GLI Meeting/Pep Rally Makes Case for Business Wednesday, Jan 27 2016 

Once the Louisville Orchestra’s brilliant Teddy Abrams completed his wizardry at the piano at the Louisville Palace Jan. 26, GLI CEO Kent Oyler asked an enthusiastic crowd of a thousand businessmen and women if a Chamber of Commerce is still a necessity. He claimed it’s something he’d been asked about recently, and perhaps it’s a question many in the audience had asked.

Of course, he presented a convincing case for the business organization’s existence. And those who followed him on stage, Gov. Matt Bevin (by video), Mayor Greg Fischer, Humana President & CEO Bruce Broussard and Aetna Chairman Mark Bertolini, presented positive news on the health of business around here, creating what amounted to a pep rally complete with glow rings to represent the green colors of Humana and Aetna.

Bevin, the first Republican governor since Ernie Fletcher, is a popular figure at GLI. And after enduring eight years of the twangy, scratching voice of Steve Beshear, Bevin’s smooth delivery at the very least provides a more sophisticated image of our state’s highest office. His five-minute video appeared to be a totally impromptu effort, as if an assistant had said to him “Hey, Governor, you’ve got to go record this message to the Louisville business organization” and he did it in one take with no notes. Bevin, who was busy delivering his State of the Commonwealth address last night, mentioned the importance he places on education and workforce issues.

Greg Fischer followed with a list of great things occurring, including Friday’s expected ground-breaking of the Omni Hotel downtown, and a plea for employers to hire young people this summer for his SummerWorks program.

And what would an annual meeting be without awards — Silver Fleur de Lis awards went to the Bridges Coalition and the Louisville City Soccer Club — both of which had really good years.

Here’s the official release from GLI:

GLI’s Annual Meeting: Collaboration Lauded As A Key to Greater Louisville’s Success

(Louisville, KY) –  Regionalism was the main theme of the Metro Chamber’s Annual Meeting Tuesday night. More than a thousand people attended the event the Louisville Palace. The event is considered the premier business networking event of the year featuring business, civic, and community leaders from across the region in one place for one night only.

CEO Kent Oyler spoke about raising Greater Louisville to new heights through a variety of public and private partnerships facilitated by the local chamber. 

“We need all the assets and all the people from across our 15-county, 2-state metro to deliver on our workforce and business attraction goals.  How we work together will define our success moving forward,” Oyler said.  “In 2016, it will be the mechanism GLI uses to market our region to the world for business and talent attraction. We must aggressively reach out and bring in new companies.”

Oyler also took the time to recognize the special guest speakers of the evening, Aetna Chairman & CEO Mark Bertolini and Humana President & CEO Bruce Broussard, by turning the Palace’s lights green in honor of the companies.

Bertolini spoke about the plans to merge the two health insurance companies.

“We’ve made a commitment to only one community as part of our worldwide business and that’s Louisville,” Bertonlini said, drawing cheers form the crowd.

“We have the opportunity to fix this problem and save our economy at the same time,” Bertolini said in reference to cutting medical waste and saving money spent by the government. He spoke about the integration of social programs into health care to create a healthier society.

While Bruce Broussard of Humana took time to talk about the changing landscape of the health care industry.

“The great thing about the transaction is it brings Humana’s strengths of clinical care and individual Medicaid services to those 38 million Aetna clients,” Broussard said. “The future is bright.”

Governor Matt Bevin was unable to attend the event in person, but sent a video message to the audience. 

“I do appreciate you being a part of the life blood of your communities and of Kentucky as a whole. We could not begin to do what needs to be done in the state budget without those of you out there employing people, paying taxes and being the actual economic engine that funds the entire process,” Governor Bevin remarked.  “GLI has been an integral part of not only the Jefferson County community and the immediate counties beyond, but also to the fabric of our state.”

The Governor also highlighted workforce development as a major priority for his administration in the coming years. 

“We are going focus very heavily, and you will see this in the budget I am putting forward, on workforce development. It does us little good putting young people out into the working arena if they are unprepared either for post-secondary education or the workforce or both,” Governor Bevin said.

Mayor Greg Fischer also spoke at the meeting and took time to discuss his SummerWorks program, which pairs young people with summer jobs to give them real world experience in the workforce.

“There is unfinished business with this economic recovery and that is that we need to have more citizens with more skills, entering the workforce.” Mayor Fischer said.   “Hiring young people through Summerworks makes all people feel more connected to the momentum of our city.”

In addition to the speakers, GLI presented two Silver Fleur-de-Lis Awards to The Bridges Coalition and Louisville City Football Club. The Silver Fleur-de-Lis was created by GLI to recognize outstanding commitments and achievements over the past year in making the Louisville community a better place in which to live and work.

Teddy Abrams and members of the Louisville Orchestra performed an original piece of selection as part of the program as well.

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New Derby Experiences offered for Louisville Ky visitors this May Tuesday, Jan 26 2016 

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Churchill Downs Racetrack and QuintEvents today announced a new multi-year partnership agreement and the addition of eight new official Derby Experiences packages in premium locations for the 142nd running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks® and the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands® on May 6-7 in Louisville, KY.  The new Derby Experiences packages are available at or by calling (888) 384-7088.

The new multi-year agreement extends the Churchill Downs Racetrack and QuintEvents partnership and makes new Derby Experiences packages available in the newly renovated Finish Line Suites Balcony, Stakes Room, Turf Club and Courtyard.

Churchill Downs

The demand for the Derby Experiences program has increased each year since it began in 2007.  While it has always offered tiered customized packages that include tickets, travel, hotel accommodations, VIP hospitality options and a variety of other amenities, the premium products have only constituted a small percentage of the offerings and are historically sold out long before the event takes place.

“The renovations were an important part of continuing to grow the Derby Experiences program and offer additional premium experiences at Churchill Downs,” said Sarah Contardo, Vice President of Ticketing Strategy for Churchill Downs Racetrack.  “We’re excited about the new renovations and how they will enhance Derby weekend for our fans.”

The program meets the high demand among businesses for private settings that facilitate networking, exclusive seating with hospitality and prime viewing.  The new packages offer businesses a broader and more elegant selection of locations to entertain top clients and employees.

“Historically, these premium venues sell out long before the event, removing the opportunity for VIP guests and corporate groups looking for a premium experience to indulge in these coveted areas,” said QuintEvents’ C.E.O. Brian Learst.  “These new packages will help meet that demand, and we will monitor the need for increased capacity.”

Renderings and layouts for these new seating areas, from the fifth floor to the first floor, are now available

The stunning Finish Line Suites Balcony boasts the best view of Churchill Downs and the racetrack.  The fifth-floor covered terrace offers unobstructed views of the amazing photo finish and views of the Paddock area, where guests can watch the horses, jockeys and trainers prepare for the races.

Stakes Room Balcony

The fourth-floor seating and hospitality in the Stakes Room and Stakes Room Balcony pays homage to the rich traditions of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby and offers guests another rare vantage point that stretches from the Paddock to the racetrack.

The new and enlarged Stakes Room on the fourth floor is a spectacular open space that features gourmet food stations, premium open bar and wagering stations.  Stakes Room guests will also have access to the Stakes Room Balcony with views that span the entire length of the room and overlook the finish line.  The Balcony also offers a dedicated premium open bar, gourmet food stations, access to the Stakes Room wagering stations and much more.

Turf Club Front Row

The third floor Turf Club, which is famous for celebrity guests, offers four new seating options.  They include two indoor seating options in the new Roses Lounge, and banquette seating in the front of the Turf Club and outdoor seats on the Turf Club Balcony and Roses Terrace.

The newly designed Roses Terrace overlooks the finish line and boasts one of the few outdoor seating options in the Turf Club area.  The Roses Lounge, an indoor hospitality area in the Turf Club with banquette seating, is located behind the Roses Terrace.  Both areas provide views of the finish-line and access to a premium open bar and private wagering stations.

Adjacent to the Roses Lounge is new indoor seating in Row B of the Turf Club, where celebrities and dignitaries are drawn to the more intimate and private setting with simulcast TVs and bay windows for optimal race viewing.

The final new area in the Turf Club is the outdoor Balcony, which features new booth and table seating beneath a canopy and offers coveted views of the Paddock, and the famed ‘Riders Up’.

The new seating in the Turf Club’s Row B, the Roses Lounge and the Balcony include all Turf Club amenities familiar to the Derby Experiences’ Turf Club package, including a gourmet plated meal, premium open bar and access to private wagering stations on both Oaks and Derby days.

For closer heart-pounding action, the first floor Courtyard is as close as it gets.  Guests will be able to view the Champion racehorses as they parade to the track from the Paddock and on their return following the triumphant victory presentation in the Winner’s Circle just feet away.  Home to horse owners and trainers, this all-inclusive area will also offer a premium open bar, gourmet food buffets and private wagering stations.

In addition to premium seating and hospitality, all Derby Experiences packages can be customized to include accommodations in downtown or suburban areas, transportation to and from the racetrack and access to the most exclusive tours and parties.

Exclusive to the Derby Experiences program is the annual Fillies & Lilies Party, entering its third year and now a staple during Derby Week.  From the exclusive Bourbon Lounge to the gourmet hors d’oeuvres, premium open bars and headliners that have ranged from Wynonna Judd to Sara Evans, Derby and Country-music fans clamor for tickets to this Derby-eve party, accessible to Derby Experience clients and the general public.  This year, Country Music Hall of Famer, Vince Gill, will headline the entertainment, proving once again the star-power draw that this party is known for. The 2016 Fillies & Lilies charitable recipient is the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which accredits, inspects and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retire, retrain and rehome Thoroughbreds.

With the 2016 additions, Derby Experiences now offers over 30 different types of packages, at different price levels and access, some already inclusive of the Fillies & Lilies party, to service a wide range of clients’ desires.  For more information on the Derby Experiences program, and a full listing of packages, or call (888) 384-7088.

About Churchill Downs Racetrack Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 142st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 7, 2016.  The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times. Information is available at

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