LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Swan’s Song and Seven Sense, Flugtag, and Birthdays Friday, Aug 26 2016 

Ready for your final free weekend before football season? There’s plenty to do, starting with the Flugtag experience down at the Waterfront, where 40 groups will push their crafts off the edge of a 22-foot high platform. If history is any indication, most will promptly dive into the Ohio River, like those paper airplanes you used to try to fly across the room during Algebra class.

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Shawn Steele, Chris Nelson and Hunter Embry, organizers of the Seven Sense Festival

For details, check out last week’s Rusty Satellite Show podcast here with Bill DeReamer. Which is also a place to hear about Saturday’s big party on Preston, the Seven Sense Festival, featuring 40 bands, countless food trucks and opportunities to drink various types of alcohol.

However, Paula informs me that I won’t be doing any of that, because she’s got something cooked up for my birthday, which is Sunday. I’m not sure what’s in store, but I love a good surprise. And happy birthday to a bunch of ex-Rusty guests celebrating this week, including my Pike buddy and Oldham County attorney Steve Emery, Eye Care Institute chief Mark Prussian, and UK sports radio guy Matt Jones, who it turns out shares my birthday. Next week we’ll celebrate my EatDrinkTalk partner Steve Coomes b-day on Sept.1.

September 1, of course, is the opener at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium as Bobby Petrino’s bunch takes on Charlotte, the season’s designated patsy. Things get real Sept. 17 when Florida State comes to town. The Seminoles are being featured in one of those sports reality shows on Showtime, which is certain to highlight the trip to the ‘Ville. The consensus of all the sports talk radio folks in town is that the Cards should win 9 or 10 games, with the key contests against Florida State, Clemson and Houston, while down the road in Lexington, the optimists see a six-win season and bowl game in their future.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 11.34.26 AMOK – have you been wondering what’s up with Melissa Swan in the four months since she left the anchor chair at WHAS-TV. While I know most of you don’t watch the late news any more, Swan was a staple for three decades and on this week’s Rusty show, talks about adjusting to not having that schedule, the nickname she earned at the station (Little General) and the path she is taking to build a second career.

You can come hear her in person at the Breakfast of Champions event Sept. 13 at the University Club.

I also visited with Stephanie Clements. If you’re in a certain circle of folks, you’ve gotten lots of invitations to networking functions, or your social media has lit up with news about the Homeowner’s Resource Guide. Stephanie has built a significant business in just 3 years, and talks about that with me. Here it is:


A trio of robberies at local eateries — Comfy Cow, Seafood Lady and Monkey Wrench — got Steve Coomes and I talking about the brazen nature of the crimes and what might be behind it (drugs) on the latest EatDrinkTalk.net podcast. Steve went to French Lick to talk with master distiller Alan Bishop about new products that are on the way. And I spent a lively hour with Stacie Bale and Kate Lewison over at the Bank Street Brewhouse in New Albany, where they make their own beer and even grow hops along an outside wall.

Speaking of crime, the C-J checked in on the Angel Program in Jtown, where the Mayor and Police Department have copied a program that was successful in Boston that allows addicts to come to the police station and get treatment, not jail, right away. It started Aug. 1, and thus far seven individuals have taken advantage of it.

Another highlight of my week occurred in Jtown, where Wild Turkey distiller and legend Jimmy Russell spoke at the Gaslight Festival Kickoff Luncheon. Russell gets and deserves a ton of respect for his knowledge and expertise in all things bourbon, and for making friends with and hiring the brand’s new creative director, actor Matthew McConaughey. Here’s my piece on EDT.

On the Rusty show, I mentioned the success of my experience as an Uber/Lyft driver. This week, I received a nice bonus for nearly a year’s worth of referrals on Lyft. By using this offer code — RUSTYSATELLITE — at this link, you can get $50 in free rides, and you might even get me as your driver. This week’s highlight was picking up Metro Councilman-elect Brandon Coan and his wife Summer Auerbach, both former Rusty show guests, for a ride to the airport.

Finally, I’m aware that you’re probably not interested, but in the first week of bowling, and my first time at Ten Pin since my November ankle surgery, I was able to put up a 233 game, to the amazement of my teammates.



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Details released for LouisvilleKY’s annual Brewfest Thursday, Aug 25 2016 

LIBA to Host 8th Annual Louisville Brewfest on September 23rd

Louisville, KY (August 25, 2016) – The Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) will host the 8th Annual Louisville Brewfest on Friday, September 23rd from 4:00pm to 10:00pm at the Louisville Slugger Field, 401 East Main Street. The event will feature independent local and regional beer, wine and bourbon, as well as a variety of food vendors and PureTap® from the Louisville Water Company. Admission is $5, or free for designated drivers, and includes a souvenir cup. Attendees must be 21 or older to enjoy the beer, wine and bourbon. VIP tickets are $50 and include access to exclusive beers, special gifts made by local artisans, and larger pours in a handmade ceramic mug. For more information, visit www.keeplouisvilleweird.com.


Festival goers also will have the opportunity to taste limited edition beers created especially for this event by four local VIPs through the “Hometown Beer-oes” program. Mayor Greg Fischer is working with Falls City Brewing to create “Louis XVI Imperial.” Chef Edward Lee is working with Monnik Beer Company to create “MW Saison,” John Timmons (Founder of LIBA and ear x-tacy) is working with Great Flood Brewing to create “beer x-tacy,” and JK McKnight is working with Goodwood Brewing Company to create “Capt. McKnight’s Rum Soaked Chocolate Blond.”
“Supporting local businesses is in our DNA and Louisville is lucky to have such a wealth of great breweries and distilleries from which to choose,” Fischer said. “Brewfest is a great way to support our local food and beverage scene, as well as supporting LIBA, our #1 voice for helping keep our dollars in the local economy.”
Participating local brewers at the Brewfest include 3rd Turn Brewing, Akasha Brewing Company, Apocalypse Brew Works, Bluegrass Brewing Company, Cumberland Brewery, Falls City Brewing Co., Goodwood Brewing Company, Great Flood Brewing Co., Monnik Brewing Company, New Albanian Brewing Company, Old Louisville Brewing, and Sterling Beer. Guest brewers from the region include Alltech Kentucky Ale, Blue Stallion Co., Country Boy Brewing, Ethereal Brewing Co., Tin Man Brewing Co., and West 6th Brewing from Lexington, Flat 12 Bierworks from Indianapolis, White Squirrel Brewery from Bowling Green, Braxton Brewing Co. from Covington and Dry Ground Brewing Co. from Paducah. Local wines from Horseshoe Bend Vineyard & Winery and Old 502 Winery also will be available, as well as bourbon from Heaven Hill Distilleries and brandy from Copper & Kings.
Brewfest admission includes an after party hosted by The Haymarket Whiskey Bar. Brewfest also is one of the capstone events of Louisville Craft Beer Week, taking placeSeptember 16-24, 2016.
The 8th Annual Louisville Brewfest is sponsored by the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Heaven Hill Brands, The Haymarket Whiskey Bar, Buckheads, Eclipse Bank, Cox’s Smokers Outlet & Spirits Shoppes, LEO Weekly, Louisville Magazine, Louisville.com, LouisvilleHotBytes.com, Nachbar, ValuMarket, WAKY radio, WFPK, Universal Linen, and Old 502 Winery.
About the Louisville Independent Business Alliance
LIBA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the unique community character of the Metro Louisville area by promoting locally-owned businesses and to educate citizens on the value of buying locally. For more information about LIBA, visitwww.keeplouisvilleweird.com.   Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram @KeepLouisvilleWeird502.

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Six LouisvilleKY startups Win 2016’s Vogt Awards Wednesday, Aug 24 2016 


(Louisville, KY) – Six local startups are the 2016 Vogt Awards recipients. Each winner will receive $25,000 in non-dilutive funding and an additional package of valuable services and mentoring for early-stage entrepreneurs.


The winning companies are:

  • Breath Diagnostics, which is developing a patented technology that detects lung cancer by analyzing a patient’s breath for four cancer specific markers. The test is easily administered, readily deployable, has no associated risks, and has the potential to save millions of lives while saving the healthcare industry billions of dollars.
  • Collabra Innovations, which is developing an online platform used by music students, instructors, and professionals to educate and collaborate at middle schools, high-schools, colleges, faith-based organizations, private teaching studios, and more.
  • Curio Learning, which is creating an app that allows teachers and administrators to discover professional development strategies and content, curate them in a personalized way, and collaborate with teachers around the U.S. for better outcomes inside and outside of the classroom.
  • G3 Tri-Sports, which manufactures and distributes products that assist triathletes with their training and provides therapy to aid athletes recovering from injury.
  • MailHaven, which is solving the problem of missed deliveries with a package tracking app and a smart mailbox to receive packages for online shoppers.
  • RMC Solutions, which is developing a patented automated washout system, using high pressure water to prevent concrete buildup in mixer truck drums and central mixers used in the Ready Mix Concrete industry.


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“This is a strong group of founders,” said Amelia Gandara, Director of Commercialization and Engagement for EnterpriseCorp, the entrepreneurial arm of Greater Louisville Inc.  “We are looking forward to working with all six teams. Great business ideas can happen anywhere and these local entrepreneurs are key contributors to advancing our startup community and growing the local economy. EnterpriseCorp is very pleased to be a part of this exciting program.”


The Vogt Awards help startup founders develop product ideas into viable and successful businesses by providing non-dilutive funding, dedicated mentorship and focused workshops.

This year, the Vogt Awards advisory committee criteria welcomed entrepreneurs creating innovative, technology-based products in the Greater Louisville region. Twenty-seven companies applied for this year’s awards.


“I can’t help but wonder how pleased Mr. Heuser would be to see the innovation that his award has helped to catalyze since its inception in 2000.  With more than $2.9 million awarded to 61 companies to date, I like to think of his gift as a way for him to be immortal in our entrepreneurial community,” said Susan Barry, President & CEO, Community Foundation of Louisville.


Henry Vogt Heuser had a strong vision for growing innovation in Greater Louisville. Heuser pioneered the creation of multiple inventions during his career. The Vogt Invention and Innovation Fund, an endowment at the Community Foundation of Louisville, was created to help support entrepreneurial efforts of engineers and innovators to fund the product development and commercialization of their ideas.


“The Vogt Awards is a great example of how we encourage bold and creative thinking and action in our business community,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “I congratulate these six companies for their commitment to innovation, and I look forward to seeing what’s next for each of them.”


The Vogt Awards’ mentoring programming will occur throughout the fall.  Vogt Demo Day will be held in November and each winner will have the opportunity to showcase their business to the community and share the progress they are making thanks to the funding, collaboration, mentorship, and support services.


For more information, visit http://www.vogtawards.com/.




About The Vogt Awards & Henry Heuser

Henry Vogt Heuser, who died in 1999, was an exemplary corporate citizen and a gifted inventor and entrepreneur. He was a native of Louisville who spent his entire career working for Henry Vogt Machine Company, including 28 years as its president. Whenever Henry had an idea about how to make something better, quicker, or easier, all he had to do was walk out to the shop floor to assess its viability and commercial potential. The endowment he created at the Community Foundation of Louisville to establish this award will allow engineers and entrepreneurs to access the same kinds of resources. The Vogt Award is intended not only to memorialize Henry’s legacy, but also to inspire more inventors to pursue their goals right here in Louisville.


About Community Foundation of Louisville

Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation of Louisville is the largest charitable foundation in Kentucky with $448 million in assets and more than 1,377 charitable funds.  Each fund has its own name and charitable purpose as defined by its donors.  In 2015, these funds made over 10,500 grants totaling $49 million, approximately 90% of which stayed in Kentucky to support area nonprofits. As a leader in philanthropy, the Foundation connects donors, nonprofits and civic partners to create lasting impact in community. To learn how you can be a part of this force for good, visit www.cflouisville.org.

About EnterpriseCorp
EnterpriseCorp is the entrepreneurial arm of Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) – the region’s leading economic development organization and the Louisville Regional Office for the Kentucky Innovation Network (KIN). GLI’s EnterpriseCorp is dedicated to building a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem and culture for early stage and fast growth companies. For more information, visit EnterpriseCorp.com.

About Greater Louisville Inc.

Greater Louisville Inc. – the Metro Chamber of Commerce is where regional business leaders come together to accelerate business competitiveness, economic growth and job creation in the Greater Louisville region.  The region’s largest business leadership organization, GLI leads economic and global outreach strategies focused on business attraction; nurtures the entrepreneurial eco-system and fast growth companies; and champions the development of the community’s talent base.  As the voice of the business community, GLI advocates for a pro-business environment and facilitates business leadership engagement on issues that impact regional competitiveness.  For more information, visit www.GreaterLouisville.com.


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LouisvilleKY always has a reason to celebrate the Kentucky Derby Tuesday, Aug 23 2016 

From KDF.org


Louisville, Ky., – The Pegasus Pin Party returns on Saturday August 27, 2016.  Join us at the Kentucky Derby Festival office for this one-of-a-kind event.  From 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the party will feature pins for sale at discounted prices, silent auction and much more!

Join the FUN! The Party includes…

-Purchase pins from 1973-2016
-Raffle for a complete set of 2016 Pins.

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The party will also feature the Pin Wagon, rare pins, uniquely framed pin sets and a special raffle for a complete set of 2016 event, balloon, corporate and plastic pins. A total of 101 pins are featured in this set.  A limited quantity of 150 raffle tickets will be sold.
Tickets are $20 each and the drawing will be held during the Pegasus Pin Party. You do not have to be present to win. To purchase a raffle ticket for the exclusive pin set, call (502) 572-3827.
For more information: www.kdf.org.

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LouisvilleKY’s chamber celebrates 2016’s Inc.credible Award Winners Monday, Aug 22 2016 

(Louisville) – More than 300 people turned out to celebrate the best local small businesses during the 16th annual Inc.credible Awards, presented by Strothman and Company, at the Galt House on Friday. The luncheon was presented by U.S. Bank.


Mayor Greg Fischer and business leaders from across the region were on hand as winners were announced live. Here is a summary of the companies who took home trophies.


Small Business of the Year Award – Presented by Integrity HR

Ladyfingers Catering offers custom designed food services for gourmet box lunches, black tie events, outdoor cookouts, and so much more. The “Ladyfingers Family” includes chefs from all over the world who offer authentic international menus with Southern Charm. Ladyfingers Catering is committed to supporting Kentucky vendors, businesses and farmers and continually strives to reduce waste and limit their carbon footprint. The Ladyfingers team also takes annual educational culinary trips as an added bonding experience.


Very Small Business of the Year Award – Presented by Mortenson Family Dental

Level 12 is a custom software design-build engineering firm that combines technical skill with customer advocacy and business savvy to offer profitable solutions for clients. Level 12 sets itself apart from competitors by responding to issues from a businessman’s point of view rather than strictly as a coder. Level 12 offers all employees profit sharing opportunities and they work hard to harness each employee’s individual strengths to help the company excel. Additionally, Level 12 is the sponsor for Louisville’s DerbyPy Meetup which aims to spread awareness for Python as a programming language.

Northern Continental Logistics wins the AML Award (photo from GLI's Facebook page).

Northern Continental Logistics wins the AML Award (photo from GLI’s Facebook page).


Advance Manufacturing & Logistics Award – Presented by KentuckyRxCard

Northern Continental Logistics, Inc. (NCL) is a leading innovator of web-based technologies. NCL provides clients with complete visibility of their logistical processes and analytical tools and reports. NCL’s company model blends transaction services and carrier negotiations to create a cost-efficient management system for product distribution. These advanced solutions give NCL “Big City Ability” with the down-to-earth support of “Small Town Sensibility.”


Arts, Culture, & Community – Presented by V-Soft Consulting

Fund for the Arts is the oldest arts fund in the country with the mission of creating a vibrant and strong united arts community. The Fund benefits a plethora of arts organizations throughout Greater Louisville and raised $8.7 million over the past year to benefit these artists. The Fund invests in education programs that engage children, inspire excellence, and improve academic success. They are also a major benefactor in the Greater Louisville Arts Master Plan—a collaboration between the Louisville Metro Government, GLI, and many more organizations. This plan supports innovative programming for the public to improve overall quality of life and create a competitive 21st Century City.



Innovation & Creativity Award – Presented by Middleton Reutlinger

ECT Services, Inc. is an independent technology provider that designs, develops, installs, and integrates technology systems for both small and large businesses.  ECT Services is in the business of making buildings sustainable, maintainable, energy efficient, and safe. A unique aspect of their support is their Shooter Detection System which uses high-tech sensors to detect gunfire seconds after it happens. The program immediately puts the building into lockdown mode without any human action required. This is only one of the countless safety and technology solutions provided by ECT Services.



Lifelong Wellness & Healthcare – Presented by Humana

Splash Analytics is an advanced analytics company whose primary focus is to enable clients the ability to leverage their data to gain a competitive advantage in their industry. Splash Analytics has positioned itself as a key player in helping healthcare organizations improve clinical quality and patient outcomes. Programmers in house have created clinical classification software that allows Splash Analytics to analyze analytics and create real-time predictive models for their clients. Splash Analytics tailors this software to each individual client to facilitate continuous improvement for success.

People’s Choice Award

Hope Scarves was founded by Lara MacGregor in 2007 after she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30. The program started in Lara’s spare bedroom sending out 2-3 Hope Scarves a week. Today Hope Scarves sends nearly 50 scarves a week all around the world and has sent more than 4,500 scarves to people with all types of cancer, from ages 2 to 92. The head scarves are both practical and inspiring for individuals battling cancer. The Hope Scarf Collection, which changes constantly, contains more than 5,000 scarves and over 500 stories.


More than 1900 people voted for this year’s People’s Choice Award online via Twitter, Facebook, and over email. All 31 Inc.credible Awards finalists were eligible for the award.


“The Inc.credible Awards are a chance for Greater Louisville to really celebrate all the small businesses that make our region unique and vibrant,” Kent Oyler, President & CEO of GLI, said. “We are always excited to see the innovative business solutions that are being pioneered by the smaller players in our community.”


Since 2000, the Inc.credible Awards have recognized multiple small, local businesses for their ongoing contributions to our community’s economic vitality.




About Greater Louisville Inc.

Greater Louisville Inc. – the Metro Chamber of Commerce is where regional business leaders come together to accelerate business competitiveness, economic growth and job creation in the Greater Louisville region.  The region’s largest business leadership organization, GLI leads economic and global outreach strategies focused on business attraction; nurtures the entrepreneurial eco-system and fast growth companies; and champions the development of the community’s talent base.  As the voice of the business community, GLI advocates for a pro-business environment and facilitates business leadership engagement on issues that impact regional competitiveness.  For more information, visit www.GreaterLouisville.com.


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The National MS Society – Kentucky Southeast Indiana Chapter 7th Annual Crystal Boots & Silver Spurs Gala Thursday, Aug 18 2016 

Floyds Knobs, IN – We are inviting you to join us as we celebrate our 7th Annual Crystal Boots & Silver Spurs Gala on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the home of Victor and Jeannie Unruh.  Over the last six years we have raised over 1.7 million dollars and this year marks our 2 Million Dollar year!


Crystal Boots & Silver Spurs is the ultimate networking and business development opportunity where you will party at your own pace, where black tie is optional and country hats and boots are the norm. This year we are featuring Cuisine from the South, dessert bars, several signature drinks, live music by Southern Sirens and Burning Las Vegas, and live and silent auctions to benefit the National MS Society, Kentucky-Southeast Indiana Chapter. Our special guest and keynote speaker is a National MS Society Ambassador, acclaimed performer and singer, Kristie Salerno Kent. Kristie was diagnosed in 1999 and joins us on September 24, 2016 to share her story of living with MS that will no doubt leave a lasting impact everyone in attendance.

Crystal Boots & Silver Spurs Gala


Presenting sponsors: BB&T Insurance Services and MAC Construction & Excavating, Inc.


WHO:              The National MS Society – Kentucky Southeast Indiana Chapter and YOU 

WHAT:             A sophisticated Country Chic Celebration benefiting the National MS Society 

WHEN:            Saturday, Sept 24, 2016

5:30pm – Midnight

                        Tickets: $300

                        Table: $2,400 

WHERE:           2600 Old Hill Road, Floyds Knobs, Indiana 47119

SCrystal Boots & Silver Spurs Gala  

For tickets or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Trinity Campisano at trinity.campisano@nmss.org. For more information on this exciting event, please visit www.crystalboots.com.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Society mobilizes people and resources so that everyone affected by multiple sclerosis can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Last year alone, through our comprehensive nationwide network of services, the Society devoted $122.2 million to connect more than one million individuals to the people, information and resources they need. To move closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $54 million to support more than 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. We are united in our collective power to do something about MS now and end this disease forever. Learn more at www.nationalMSsociety.org.

 Crystal Boots & Silver Spurs Gala

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between

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Bats and Pokemon pair up this weekend at LouisvilleKY’s Slugger Field Tuesday, Aug 16 2016 


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville Bats will host a pair of Pokémon Go nights this weekend at Louisville Slugger Field. On both Friday (6-9 p.m.) and Saturday (5-8 p.m.) night, fans can come to the ballpark and be guaranteed to catch Pokémon. The stadium will have three PokéStops and each will be lured for three hours both nights. The lures will begin when gates open (6 p.m.Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday) and last for three hours.
Fans who wish to purchase tickets for Pokémon Night may purchase them online at www.batsbaseball.com and earn $2 off the price of a normal ticket in advance of game day only when using the promo code: POKEMON (all caps).
On both nights there will be a contest for the strongest Pokémon caught and the most Pokémon caught during the timeframe. The fan(s) that shows their Pokémon Go Journal at the check-in table located at the Witherspoon gate entrance at the end of the contest and has collected thestrongest combat power Pokémon or the most Pokémon will each win a $50 Visa gift card.
Pokemon Go Night 
While at the ballpark, fans can battle the Pokémon they have caught at the Gym located on the corner of Preston and Main and battle for the right to earn control of the Louisville Slugger Field Pokémon Gym.
The Bats have drawn over 10 million fans since Louisville Slugger Field opened in April, 2000. Tickets for all regular season games are available. The entire 2016 Bats schedule, including updated promotions and special events, can be found at batsbaseball.com. Single-game tickets may be purchased online, by calling 1-855-228-8497 or by visiting the Louisville Slugger Field box office. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at 502-212-2287.

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New poster released for LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs-Forecastle Foundation party Monday, Aug 15 2016 

Churchill Downs Unveils artwork for upcoming LouisvilleKY ‘Party for a Purpose’


LOUISVILLE, KY., (Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs Racetrack (CDRT) and The Forecastle Foundation today unveiled the poster designed by renowned artist Justin Helton to promote their new Party for a Purpose to raise money for The Forecastle Foundation. Party for a Purpose is a separate ticketed event that will take place during CDRT’s Sept. 24 Downs After Dark night racing event. Tickets to Party for a Purpose are on sale now atwww.ChurchillDowns.com/partyforapurpose.
In addition to the Party for a Purpose poster, Justin Helton has designed materials for some of music’s biggest names and festivals, including Louisville’s own My Morning Jacket and Forecastle Festival. Other bands and festivals he has designed for include The Black Keys, Dead & Co., Phish, The Avett Brothers, Bonnaroo and Outside Lands.
Justin Helton LouisvilleKY Party for a Purpose Poster

“My inspiration for the design came from the idea of a vibrant nighttime sky at Churchill Downs,” said Helton. “I brought in wavy swirling skies above the iconic twin spires and the colors that would be pulsating through the party.”

Party for a Purpose will be held in the grandstand area of the racetrack and feature music by local DJ Matt Anthony and internationally acclaimed Red Bull Thre3style World Campion DJ Hedspin, craft cocktails and a dance floor that overlooks the track and live racing. Five dollars of every General Admission ticket and $10 of every VIP ticket sold will be donated to The Forecastle Foundation. 
“It’s great to have the opportunity to partner with an iconic institution like Churchill Downs to spotlight the important work our Foundation, and many others throughout our community, are doing to create a more sustainable future,” said JK McNight, Founder of The Forecastle Foundation and the Forecastle Festival.
“We are proud to partner with The Forecastle Foundation to throw a great Party for a Purpose,” said Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “It’s important to us to continue to support the work of organizations throughout our community.”
General Admission tickets are $15. VIP Cabana tickets are $59 and include access to the VIP Cabanas, open seating and a private VIP bar with a mixologist and craft cocktails. Guests are encouraged to dress to impress. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the first race at 6 p.m. Party for a Purpose ends at midnight.
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 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 6, 2017. The track will conduct two more live racing meets in 2016: the September Meet (Sept. 16-Oct. 2 and the Fall Meet (Oct. 30-Nov. 27). Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times and the event will return to the track in 2018. Information is available atwww.ChurchillDowns.com.
The Forecastle Foundation
The Forecastle Foundation is the activism arm of the Forecastle Festival. Founded in 2010 as a 501c3 organization, The Forecastle Foundation is working to protect the world’s “natural awesome” by partnering with organizations that are taking great strides to protect biodiversity hotspots across the globe. Our current partners include Kentucky Natural Lands Trust, The Nature Conservancy, and Guayaki Foundation. 
About Justin Helton and Status Serigraph
Status Serigraph is the full service Graphic Design and Limited-Edition poster studio of Knoxville-based designer Justin Helton. Since 2005, Helton has developed into one of the most sought after young designers in the Southeast. A one-man studio specializing in graphic design for the music and entertainment industry, Helton has designed materials for some of today’s biggest musical acts, festivals and entertainment brands. Working with bands like Phish, The Avett Brothers, My Morning Jacket, Ween, The Black Keys, and festivals like Bonnaroo, Forecastle and Outside Lands, Helton has created an array of designs for the music industry. Working out of his studio in downtown Knoxville, TN, he uses a unique blend of design, illustration, and typography in his work and his posters are screen printed by hand. As an alumni of the University of Tennessee, and former Creative Director for AC Entertainment, Helton’s experience has lead him to design for such brands as A&E Television, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and Sugarlands Distilling Company. Helton’s designs have been featured in publications such as Gigposters Vol. 2, 1000 More Greetings, Relix Magazine and has been talked about on such websites as the Chive, Paste Magazine, Buzzfeed and OMGposters.com.

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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Outside the Interviews with Tracy Beale, Hunter Embry and Jeff Stum Friday, Aug 12 2016 

Maybe I’m just getting old, or perhaps my brain is built this way. Going back to my days in academia, I always did well on tests that required understanding concepts in the short-term. As a reporter, my job was to become an expert on a particular topic quickly. I was a prolific blogger because I could figure out ideas for stories and spit them out on a computer screen.

The downside of all this is that if you stop me and ask who was on the Rusty Satellite Show last week, I couldn’t tell you because I’ve already forgotten. The same goes for remembering meals, nights out, golf scores and TV show plots after 24 hours. Now, I can remember items from long ago, like the winners of dozens of Kentucky Derbies and who started at shortstop for the Big Red Machine.

All of which leads me to explain why I love doing the Rusty Satellite Show and EatDrinkTalk podcasts so much. It’s a matter of  quickly learning what makes someone tick, how they respond to questions, and making it entertaining. This week, after losing a day because of a trip to Michigan, I was able to talk with Tracy Beale and Jeff Stum for Rusty on Tuesday, and Hunter Embry on Wednesday.

2016-08-09 11.26.16Now, I didn’t know what to expect from Tracy Beale (formerly Blue). I’d met her once, briefly, about 5 years ago. Given the highly-publicized events in her life the last year, I wasn’t sure what she’d be like or how open she would be to talking. Most of what I did know wasn’t positive, I admit, but I wanted to ask her about the new media operation she’s starting. Certainly she’s got her skeptics. I’m not sure I would’ve started by putting my face on billboards around town before the web site launched, but she knows something about getting attention, and it may be that she’s using her name recognition to call attention to the project.

I had to ask something about her divorce, but we didn’t dwell on it, and she didn’t dodge the question.

She came to the Louisville.am studios in St. Matthews with a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and posed with me for a selfie. Although it’s certainly been a difficult time for her, my impression is that she’s genuinely interested in re-starting her life, and that she’s got the money and the determination to get Tab’s View launched.

That's Chris Nelson, a partner at the New Vintage, having some fun with the mural out back

That’s Chris Nelson, a partner at the New Vintage, having some fun with the mural out back

Since I learned that it’s been there since before Prohibition, I was glad to see inside The New Vintage, where I met Hunter Embry. He may be the first full-time concert booker and promoter I’ve known, and of course he had a great story about getting there.

Of course, I would probably never have met Hunter without the help of others. You may remember Lauren Hendricks, who was on the show before Forecastle. She helped arrange my interview with Hunter as a way of getting the word out about the Seven Sense Festival, which may bring 10,000 people to two blocks on Preston Aug. 27. Hunter took me out the bar’s back door, where there’s a really cool mural featuring Muhammad Ali.

2016-08-09 12.04.34As for Jeff Stum’s appearance on EDT, I was glad to finally get him on a show. We met several years ago when he was pushing his Roibee Red Tea brand, handing out samples at an event I attended. We discovered something we had in common, WKU, and I’ve been interested in his career building brands ever since.

So I asked Jeff to come by the studio and talk about Spicewood Branding, the company he’s helping to disband with partner Paul Tuell. It has been involved in bringing a bunch of products to market, but as Jeff explains their new strategy is to focus exclusively on growing Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey, now in several states. And, they’re developing some flavored rums that are next in line for their brand of branding.

The image up top is a great one used in promoting Saturday’s Bourbon Mixer at the Gillespie, one of the most anxiously-awaited events of the year among those really into bourbon. You remember my interviews with Bruce Corwin and Linda Ruffenach about this event, and you can still get tickets and meet me and Steve Coomes there.  Details here.

If you want to listen to the interviews, just hit the PLAY button below.

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Talk Zika and mosquitos in LouisvilleKY over some beers Monday, Aug 8 2016 

Story from Kentucky Science Center’s website.

Zika and Malaria: Updates and Research Innovations: Two prominent mosquito-borne illnesses will be explored in a public forum.

Louisville, Ky., – Ruth Carrico, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor of infectious disease at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, clinical director of the Vaccine and International Travel Center, and founding associate director of the Global Health Initiative, and Dr. Hoon Chung, a Zika expert and professor in Microbiology/Immunology at the University of Louisville will lead the discussion on the Zika virus and its potential impact in the United States and Louisville.

The event is scheduled for August 9 at 6 p.m. at Goodwood Brewing Co., on East Main Street.

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Also, learn how mosquitoes could be engineered to reduce malaria transmission, a disease that affects about 200 million people per year. This technology could potentially have life-changing results. We will discuss related ethical and societal issues, and evaluate the risks and benefits of bioengineering. This forum is supported in part by the National Science Foundation. Snacks from Eat-a-Pita available while supplies last!

The event is part of the Kentucky Science Center’s Scientific Proofs: timely discussions every second Tuesday of the month on mature science topics led by a wide variety of area scientists, leaders, and professionals. Most events are 21+ and all are FREE… minus the drinks.


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