BEN SOLLEE AND LINKIN’ BRIDGE TO HEADLINE DOWNS AFTER DARK’S CELEBRATION OF BOURBON, BETS & BOW TIES
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, Sept. 19, 2016) – Churchill Downs is pulling out all the stops to make this Saturday’s Downs After Dark presented by Stella Artois & Woodford Reserve one of Louisville’s most exciting and memorable parties of the season. The evening’s theme, Bourbon, Bets & Bow Ties will celebrate the best of Kentucky, including local musicians, Kentucky bourbon, Southern style and the world’s greatest racehorses. Tickets start at $10 and are available at www.churchilldowns.com/downsafterdark. Gates open at 5 p.m. with first post at 6 p.m.
Celebrated local musical artists Ben Sollee and Linkin’ Bridge will perform for fans on the Plaza Stage throughout the evening. Sollee, a Kentucky born cellist and composer whose songs have been featured in TV, film, ballet and theatre, will perform from 7:15-9 p.m. Linkin’ Bridge, the singing group from Louisville’s west end best known for their warm harmonies and emotional performances will perform between 9:30-10:45 p.m.
In addition to great music and Thoroughbred racing, Bourbon, Bets & Bow Ties will live up to its name with the following highlights in the Plaza:
Sip one of the evening’s delicious specialty bourbon cocktails at the Bourbon Bar, including the Prospector’s Julep, Old Fashioned and the Turf Club Swizzle
Enjoy specialty dishes prepared with Woodford Reserve by local food trucks. These include brisket sliders with bourbon-bacon jam and bourbon-and-chipotle glazed pork belly sliders by 502 Café, chocolate-bourbon chicken and waffles by Pollo, bourbon glazed ribs and chicken wings by Boss Hog’s BBQ, and bourbon soaked bratwurst by Red Top Gourmet Hot Dogs
Purchase a stylish new bow tie or get help tying an old one at the Churchill Downs Store and Bow Tie Station
Learn betting basics or hone more advanced skills at the Wagering 101 Tent and experience the thrill of wagering and hopefully winning on your favorite horse
Eleven races will include two stakes races, the Dogwood presented by GE Appliances for 3-year-old fillies and the President of UAE Cup sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (G1) for Arabian 4-year-olds and up.
The evening will also include two separate ticketed events including Original Makers Club Courtyard Lounge and Party for a Purpose Presented by Churchill Downs and Forecastle Foundation.
Guests at the Original Makers Club Courtyard Lounge will enjoy a specially decorated trackside lounge area in the Courtyard, acoustic live music, regionally inspired small-plate fare, draft beer, wine and Woodford Reserve cocktails from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $150 and available atwww.churchilldowns.com/downsafterdark.
Party for a Purpose presented by Churchill Downs and Forecastle Foundation 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. 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. Tickets are available at https://www.churchilldowns.com/downsafterdark.
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. Churchill Downs will conduct the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 6, 2017. The track’s 2016 September and Fall Meets are scheduled for Sept. 16-Oct. 2 and Oct. 30-Nov. 27. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times. www.churchilldowns.com.
About Original Makers Club
Founded in 2011, Original Makers Club is a curated lifestyle publication that explores ways for readers to discover the best local independent businesses and business owners in their community. Since early 2012, Original Makers Club has curated a series of events in Kentucky and beyond that bring the publication, members and the city to life. Since then Original Makers Club has produced dinners, polo exhibitions, the KY Bourbon Affair, Garden & Gun horse racing events, southern Bourbon celebrations and much more.www.theoriginalmakersclub.com.
About 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.