Kentucky Reggae Festival Competes Amongst a Jam-packed Weekend

When one thinks Kentucky, and one thinks Memorial Day weekend, it’s not unfair to say that reggae music might be one of the last things to come to mind. That is unless you can already count yourself amongst the thousands of Kentucky Reggae Festival initiates devoted to this seemingly improbable event, which over the past nineteen years has grown from a modest Louisville Water Tower romp to the largest festival of its kind in the region.

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Meet Colleen Sholtes, Senior PGA Championship Standard Bearer

There are about a bloody, blue million volunteer jobs at Valhalla this week and weekend for the Senior PGA Championship.  And, you can tell a volunteer is legit because they’re wearing a green shirt.  All cool and waterproof and all. Standard Bearers, however, wear blue shirts. The volunteers drive around in golf carts, are hole marshals (these are the folks who hold up the signs and their arms when a golfer is putting that essentially shush’s everybody) and line people who keep the fairways clear of spectators when the golfers are passing.   Then, there are the folks who direct…

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Let’s Party Reggae Style, Mon. Win Tickets!

It’s a great weekend to be in Louisville, especially if you like music. And one of the places to be is the Water Tower, where Reggae bands will be playing Saturday, Sunday and Monday. And thanks to your friends here at, you can get in free. Just respond to this post in the comments, and I’ll pick a winner late Friday. Use your real email address so I can contact you about your tickets. The Kentucky Reggae Festival is in its 21st year, brought to you by the Bisig Impact Group. There’s the great music, but also great ethnic…

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Whoever Heard of a PDS?

I’ve had my fill of not only weather, but weather panic. And of the new (to me) weather term — PDS (Particularly Dangerous Situation) Last night, during a perfect evening on the Waterfront, I was enjoying Over the Rhine with a thousand or so folks with a gorgeous sunset in the background, with the Belle of Louisville rolling by on the River. Suddenly, about 8:30, the singer Karin Bergquist announced this was the last song because she’d been told to wrap it up because of the oncoming storm. So there was no encore and the crowd dispersed. Blame the city….

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Weather Changes Wednesday’s Show

From WFPK-FM: The city safety director is requiring us to end Waterfront Wednesday by 8:30. Harper Blynn will go on at 5:45 and we will get all three acts on as soon as possible. As 8:30 approaches, if the weather holds off, the City will allow Over the Rhine to play longer. Your personal safety is of utmost importance. Because of seasonal flooding on the Harbor Lawn, the May 25th WFPK Waterfront Wednesday will be relocated to the newly opened Big Four Lawn, located just west of the Big Four Bridge.

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No Simple Solution to Louisville’s Fitness Failure? I Disagree.

I believe Louisville, Kentucky can rapidly become a more prosperous, active and healthy place to live, work and play. A few policy changes and buy-in from public and private leadership can transform our city and surrounding counties. It starts with rolling out the red carpet for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users, instead of throwing up roadblocks. Without spending a dime on infrastructure, we can get healthier and wealthier. In six months we can make a measurable difference. It takes action at the top, incentives, education, leadership, belief, positivity, connectedness, and the conviction that you can woo people away from the intoxication of gasoline fumes.

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Just Practice, but Perry Impressive; Cochran Out

Ho hum. Kenny Perry, the 50-year-old PGA pro from Franklin, Ky., lined up his second shot on the par 5 second hole at Valhalla and smacked it some 250 yards, and the ball settled about 15 feet from the hole. After signing a few more autographs and posing for a picture or two with fans, he calmly dropped the eagle putt. Routine. For good measure, Perry birdied holes 3 and 4, all the while joking with a gallery of 50 or so and dodging raindrops in Tuesday’s Pro-Am at Valhalla. Of course I’m pulling for Perry, who finished his college…

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Golf, Sun to Meet for PGA Seniors at Valhalla

Let’s hope that the story of the  Senior PGA Tournament doesn’t involve the weather. Today the Pro-Am, in which rich folks get to play with the pros, gets things started officially.  If you’re going, you have to park out at Southeast Christian Church and take the shuttle, because the lot planned for the event is, you guessed it, too wet. And there’s rain in the forecast. But like the Kentucky Derby, everyone’s looking for a good story, and wouldn’t it be a cool one if somebody with a local connection came out on top Sunday afternoon. There’s Russ Cochran, the…

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Golf is a Gentleman’s Game … So Boys and Girls You MUST Turn Your Phones To Silent/Vibrate.

So, evidently, when a cell phone rings during a PGA tournament and a player is concentrating on a shot, it’s kinda distracting.  And, since there’s so much money involved and all, it’s a big friggin’ deal.  Enough golfers have stepped away from a tee shot or a putt or their pitching wedge after a spectator’s drummer, bicycle horn or Billy Ray Cyrus’ Achy Breaky Heart ring tone has killed the moment. To that end, this February, the PGA – after test driving a new policy at five different tournaments —  made the cell phone edicts official.  Here’s the company line…

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Louisville Cyclists to Honor Local Bike Advocate and Author Joe Ward

Joe Ward, a legend in Louisville and Bluegrass cycling circles, is in the middle of a bone marrow transplant procedure in Lexington.

As a show of love and support, local cyclists will ride to Lexington and Rally outside the Markey Cancer Center on Saturday, May 28. Here’s how you can be involved: