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Essence & Trifecta Gala Team Up For Kentucky Derby

ESSENCE ANNOUNCED AS OFFICIAL MEDIA SPONSOR FOR THE 2019 TRIFECTA GALA AT THE KENTUCKY DERBY

Louisville, KY- Thursday, April 18, 2019: The Trifecta Gala, an official event of the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Derby Festival has announced that ESSENCE will serve as the official media sponsor for this year’s event.  The 2019 Trifecta Gala is the premier Derby Eve event of the Kentucky Derby, and will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 at the KFC YUM! Center in downtown Louisville.  The annual celebration, presented by former NBA star and Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Company CEO Junior Bridgeman and his family, is known for bringing together influential individuals within sports, music, politics, business and cinema, in order to raise awareness and develop a call-to-action for disadvantage youth as well as for cancer and autism research in various communities.

For nearly 50 years, ESSENCE has been a passionate resource; providing information and inspiration for women across the globe to achieve their dreams.  Today, ESSENCE is once again 100% Black-owned and has evolved beyond its flagship magazine to serve Black women deeply as a digital-first, content, technology and commerce company.  ESSENCE is also the producer of the annual ESSENCE Festival, the world’s largest cultural, entertainment and empowerment experience and celebration of Black culture.

“For years our family has relied on Essence magazine as guide to news and what’s happening in and around our community,” says Eden Bridgeman, daughter of Junior Bridgeman and chair of this year’s Trifecta Gala.  “Because theirs is a media brand that celebrates cultural and relevant excellence, we are confident this is a partnership that will only enhance the overall guest experience and event itself!”

“The Bridgeman family and the Trifecta Gala represent our culture and our community, and the event’s purpose-driven mission is aligned with the spirit of the ESSENCE brand.,” says Moana Luu, ESSENCE Chief Content & Creative Officer.  “As the official media partner for this year’s fete, we are thrilled to present our storytelling at the storied Kentucky Derby!”

In addition to the recent ESSENCE partnership, the 2019 Trifecta Gala is shaping to be one of the Kentucky Derby’s most talked about events.  Last month, The Bridgeman family announced that R&B superstar Usher will headline the event during an exclusive and limited performance at the gala.

Sponsored by Coca-Cola, Baccarat, GH Mumm, Miss Jessie’s, Tito’s Vodka, Diageo-Circoc, Crown Royal, Bulliet, Churchill Downs, Bachman Auto Group and Meijer, the 2019 Trifecta Gala will benefit several charities that have partnered with the Bridgeman Charitable Group for this special occasion, including The V. Foundation, The Louisville West End School and The University of Louisville Autism Center.

Tickets are available for purchase at www.trifectagala.com.

About ESSENCE Communications Inc. 

ESSENCE Communications is the number one media, technology and commerce company serving Black women and inspires a global audience of more than 17 million through diverse storytelling and immersive original content. With a multi-platform presence in publishing, experiential and online, ESSENCE encompasses its signature magazine; digital, video and social platforms; television specials; books; as well as live events, including Black Women in Music, Black Women in Hollywood, Street Style and the ESSENCE Festival. Essence Communications is owned by Essence Ventures, an independent Black-owned, technology-driven company focused on merging content, community and commerce to meet the evolving cultural and lifestyle needs of people of color.

About The Trifecta Gala

The Trifecta Gala presented by the Bridgeman Charitable Group is an annual Kentucky Derby fundraiser benefiting various charitable organizations.  For the past 18 years, retired NBA guard Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman and his family have hosted the most exclusive events during the Kentucky Derby weekend, drawing the likes of notable celebrities, influencers, top-athletes, as well as international CEOs and chairmen from diverse industries.  Each year, The Trifecta Gala celebrates the Derby while raising funds for specific charities pledging to make the world a better place through an evening to remember.  For more information on The Trifecta visit trifectagala.com.

About the V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State University basketball coach and ESPN commentator. The Foundation has funded more than $225 million in cancer research grants nationwide. The V Foundation awards 100 percent of direct donations to cancer research and programs. The V Foundation’s endowment covers administrative expenses.  The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on the V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.

About The West End School

The West End School is a free, private, college preparatory elementary and middle school for at-risk young men. Admission is open to boys entering pre-kindergarten through sixth grade who are on free or reduced lunch, are capable of doing academic work at grade level or above and who would benefit from a safe environment & high expectations. Middle school students board Monday through Friday and return home on the weekends.

About The University of Louisville Autism Center

The University of Louisville Autism Center at Kosair Charities is an ideal environment for targeting each child’s specific needs while fostering group thinking and strategies among practitioners. This approach allows parallel treatments to occur and makes the best use of the time available.

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Hometown Rising Country Music & Bourbon Festival

TRACE ADKINS, DILLON CARMICHAEL AND THE SISTERHOOD BAND ADDED TO HOMETOWN RISING COUNTRY MUSIC & BOURBON FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 14 & 15, 2019 IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY

Country music icon Trace Adkins, independent rising country music artist Dillon Carmichael, and country rock duo The Sisterhood Band have been added to the incredible music lineup for Hometown Rising, the first-ever Country Music & Bourbon Festival, which debuts Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15 at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Hometown Rising combines two of Louisville’s cultural cornerstones—great music and incredible bourbon—and is the newest addition to the Louisville fall festival series from premier independent festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents.

Hometown Rising’s music lineup will be led by country heavyweights including Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban with additional appearances from Dwight Yoakam, Trace Adkins, Brett Young, Jake Owen, Bret Michaels, Frankie Ballard, and many more. In total, more than 30 artists will play on three stages, including two side-by-side main stages, over the course of the weekend.

The current music lineup for Hometown Rising is as follows (subject to change):

Saturday, September 14:

Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Dwight Yoakam, Trace Adkins, Frankie Ballard, The Cadillac Three, Jimmie Allen, Lindsay Ell, The Steel Woods, Clare Dunn, Noah Guthrie, Kassi Ashton, J.D. Shelburne, The Sisterhood Band, Raelyn Nelson Band, Alice Wallace, Imaj

Sunday, September 15:

Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Brett Young, Jake Owen, Bret Michaels, Lauren Alaina, LOCASH, Drake White and The Big Fire, The Wild Feathers, Mason Ramsey, Gabby Barrett, Dillon Carmichael, Everette, Lauren Jenkins, Jeffrey East, Hannah Ellis, Kendall Shaffer

Festival doors open at 11:00 AM daily.

Hometown Rising exclusive VIP packages, General Admission tickets, camping and hotel packages, as well as special event tickets are on sale now at HometownRising.com.

With three back-to-back festival weekends in Louisville in 2019, Danny Wimmer Presents wants to ensure all fans have the chance to enjoy multiple events with an affordable and convenient ticketing option. New this year, fans can purchase a special “Trifesta” Pass for the discounted rate of only $229.00 plus fees. The pass allows General Admission weekend access to all three DWP fall festivals in Louisville—Hometown Rising (September 14 & 15), Bourbon & Beyond (September 20-22) and Louder Than Life (September 27-29). Check out trifestapass.com for more information.

Hometown Rising sponsors include: Kentucky Department of Tourism, Louisville Tourism, Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program, Jack Daniel’s, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, The Music Experience, Zyn, Take Me Home, and more.

The Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center are located at 937 Phillips Lane in Louisville, Kentucky.

Hometown Rising is produced by Los Angeles-based Danny Wimmer Presents, one of the largest independent producers of destination rock music festivals in America. DWP events include Aftershock Festival, Bourbon & Beyond, Chicago Open Air, Epicenter Festival, Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville.

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About Danny Wimmer Presents

Since 1993, music industry veteran Danny Wimmer has been producing concerts and festivals, both large and small. In 2011, he formed Danny Wimmer Presents, which now produces several of the largest rock and alternative festivals in the U.S. By combining A-list talent with local cuisine and culture, DWP has become recognized within the industry for delivering the highest-quality entertainment experiences to fans, artists, sponsors, partners and host cities. DWP creates memorable and all-encompassing festival experiences, leaving both consumers and partners with lasting and meaningful impressions. DWP will continue to add new music festivals to its already stellar portfolio, which currently includes Aftershock Festival, Bourbon & Beyond, Chicago Open Air, Epicenter Festival, Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville. Previous DWP festivals include Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and more. www.DannyWimmerPresents.com

Rolex × Monterey Car Week

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Presented by Rolex Fast Facts:

  • 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick claimed the Best In Show Award at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
  • Other finalists for Best In Show were a 1929 Duesenberg J Murphy Town Limousine owned by the Lehrman Collection of Palm Beach, Florida; and a 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Figoni Fastback Coupé owned by Robert Kudela of Chropyne, Czech Republic.
  • David was awarded a steel and yellow gold Rolex Datejust 41.
  • “This car is one of only five built and it has recently been completely restored, taking a huge amount of effort and dedication from all those involved,” said Sydorick. “It feels great to win at Pebble Beach today and receive a Rolex watch, I look forward to wearing it proudly.”
  • Rolex has been a sponsor of the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance since 1997 and the Tour d’ Elegance in 2007.
  • 234 cars participated in this year’s show.
  • Following the judging, nine-time Le Mans winner and Rolex testimonee Tom Kristensen said: “The collection of historic automobiles and world-renowned concept cars at Pebble Beach creates an event like no other. It has been a privilege to be part of the judging team, and to get so close to these amazing machines and meet their owners. The Best of Show Award represents excellence and timeless elegance – values that I closely identify with Rolex – while recognizing and preserving the greatest cars in the world. This event is an absolute must for all car lovers.”
  • Cars competed in 27 judged classes as well as for four Elegance awards and 22 special awards.
  • Other show highlights included a 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Windovers Limousine owned by His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singhji of Marwar-Jodhpur, Jodhpur, India, that won the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy and a 1937 Cadillac Series 90 Hartmann Cabriolet owned by Jim Patterson of Louisville, Kentucky, which won its class and the Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible Elegance Award.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Fast Facts:

  • 551 genuine and period-correct competition cars competed.
  • Nissan, and its US predecessor Datsun, was celebrated throughout the event, as the brand became the first Japanese manufacturer to be honored at the Reunion.
  • Since 2001, Rolex has partnered in this cornerstone event during Monterey Car Week, united by values of tradition and innovation that have shaped the watchmaking and automotive worlds.
  • During Picnic in the Paddock, legends of the sport, Sir Jackie Stewart, fellow Rolex Testimonee Tom Kristensen and FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Mika Häkkinen, recounted motoring anecdotes that will live long in the memories of those who attended.
  • Rolex Testimonee Sir Jackie Stewart first competed at Laguna Seca in 1965 and this year celebrates a 50-year partnership with the Swiss watch brand. The Scottish legend said: “It is an honor to witness these incredible motor racing cars compete as they were built to; from the early 20th Century right the way through to the 1990s, they truly tell the story of the heritage and evolution in our sport. The highest standards of precision and engineering on show link Rolex and the Reunion, while underlining Rolex’s commitment to motor sport globally.”
  • Nissan’s long-term involvement in motor sport was exhibited, from the 1971 Datsun 510, to the Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo – the 1994 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA winner – and the 2019 Formula E Nissan racing car.
  • Notable Nissan drivers and team owners were present, including John Morton, Peter Brock and Steve Millen, along with comedian Adam Carolla who drove his 300ZX Turbo formerly owned by Paul Newman.
  • Meanwhile, legendary chassis from Lotus, Lola, McLaren, AAR and Surtees formed part of the 50th anniversary of Formula 5000.

Lenny Kravitz to Hit the Road in North America

Returning to the road in North America, Lenny Kravitz will launch the third leg of his 2018 world tour on September 21 at Chastain in Atlanta, GA. As part of the tour, he performs in major markets across the United States and stops at Bourbon & Beyond Festival in Louisville, KY on September 22 before concluding the jaunt at The Palladium in Los Angeles, CA on October 8. He will be joined by opening act Curtis Harding on select dates. Tickets go on-sale July 27th, 2018. Check out the confirmed itinerary below.The iconic artist will be touring in support of his upcoming album, Raise Vibration releasing September 7th, 2018 and available for pre-order now, click HERE. Each ticket purchased includes a physical copy of ‘Raise Vibration’ with an option for upgrading to a vinyl copy.Introducing this next musical chapter, he preceded the record’s arrival with a pair of two new anthems thus far. The seven-minute plus opus It’s Enough twists and turns through percussive unrest, straining striking vocals through a hypnotic haze. It quickly crossed the 1-million-mark on Spotify and earned critical applause with The Guardian writing, it expands into a soulful, smooth reverie. Propelled by a hummable funk riff and background falsetto from his late friend Michael Jackson, the follow-up single LowÉd quickly drummed up 1.8 million Spotify streams in a few weeks time. The minimalist Jean-Baptiste Mondino-helmed music video spotlights Kravitz pounding out what Rolling Stone described as a sensual groove. Highlighting his penchant for pushing boundaries, these tracks just scratch the surface of what to expect on Raise Vibration.Be on the lookout for more very soon.With new music and extensive tour plans for 2018, Kravitz continues moving forward at light speed as a musical innovator.On his eleventh full-length album, Raise Vibration, he elevates the union of rock ‘n’ roll, funk, blues, and soul once again. Receptive to youthful inspiration, but enlightened by three decades of wisdom, it represents a powerful creative rebirth and a bold, bright, and brilliant body of work befitting of his legacy and boundless spirit.STREAM LOWSTREAM RAISE VIBRATIONThroughout Raise Vibration, Kravitz remains a true original. Since the arrival of Let Love Rule in 1989, he has sold 40 million albums worldwide and won four consecutive GRAMMY Awards, setting the record for most wins ever in the ‘Best Male Rock Vocal Performance’ category. Fellow icons from Madonna, Aerosmith, Prince, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, and Jay-Z to Drake, Avicii, and Alicia Keys have jumped at the chance to collaborate. An acclaimed actor, his on-screen output includes The Hunger Games franchise, Precious, and Lee Daniels ‘The Butler’. His creative firm Kravitz Design Inc, touts an impressive portfolio of noteworthy ventures, with a range that includes hotel properties, condominium projects, private residences, and high-end legendary brands like Rolex, Leica and Dom Perignon.

The Path to the Cap Starring D’Angelo Russell

New Era Cap Premieres “The Path to the Cap”

Starring NBA Superstar D’Angelo Russell

A film celebrating the New Era Cap NBA Authentics: Draft Series Collection

June 19, 2018, Buffalo, New York – On the week of the NBA Draft, New Era Cap Co. presents “The Path to the Cap”: a never-before-seen exploration of NBA superstar and 2015 NBA Draft second overall pick D’Angelo Russell’s journey from neighborhood baller to NBA professional athlete. Produced by the international sports and lifestyle brand, the film celebrates the moment Russell donned his new team’s hat – a symbol of success after a young lifetimes’ worth of perseverance and hard work. This year, 60 potential stars will make that same leap, and each draftee will mark their moment in a cap from New Era’s NBA Authentics: Draft Series Collection.

Many will watch as the athletes put on their hats, but few know what the true path to the cap entails – which is why New Era Cap Co. travels back to Russell’s roots in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky tracing his NBA success story to its origin point. Candid interviews with his parents and two brothers give a behind-the-scenes look at what drove Russell, including a previously unseen sibling rivalry that spawned his competitive spirit.

“The feeling of getting drafted and putting on that team hat was something I dreamed about forever. I worked my entire life to put on that cap,” said Russell. “It is an incredible honor to have worked alongside New Era to tell the story of how I got to that moment, and I’m excited for every player in this year’s draft class to realize that same dream.”

“The Path to the Cap” celebrates New Era’s ongoing partnership with the league around the NBA Draft. In 2018, the brand introduces new editions of the emblematic lids; in addition to individual team logos and colorways, each hat in the collection features a series of unique design elements, featuring custom patches and pins that pay homage to the local city neighborhoods that host the NBA’s 30 teams.

“The NBA Authentics: Draft Series collection is New Era Cap’s most exciting NBA collection to date,” said Mark Maidment, Senior Vice President, Brand at New Era Cap. “We wanted to create visual representations of the excitement these young men will feel for their new homes and fan families. The cap marks the end of their first path and the beginning of the next: the opportunity to represent each of these cities come opening night.”

The film can be seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16Jr2hCjysQ&feature=youtu.be

ABOUT NEW ERA CAP:
New Era Cap Co. Inc. is an international lifestyle brand with an authentic sports heritage that dates back over 90 years. Best known for being the official on-field cap for Major League Baseball and the National Football League, New Era Cap is the brand of choice not only for its headwear collection, but also for its accessories and apparel lines for men, women and youth. The brand is worn as a symbol of self-expression by athletes, artists and some of the most interesting people around the globe. New Era Cap encourages people to truly express their personal style and individuality through its products. The Company is headquartered in Buffalo, NY and operates facilities in Canada, Europe, Brazil, Japan, and Hong Kong. For more information, visit www.neweracap.com.

New KFC BBQ Chicken

Today, BBQ fans from Memphis, Texas, the Carolinas and Kansas City momentarily paused their barbecue battles to unite over KFC’s newest southern-inspired flavor: Smoky Mountain BBQ fried chicken. The crispy chicken with an undeniably delicious, sweet and smoky BBQ sauce blends recipes from Memphis and the Carolinas, briefly bringing peace to the BBQ belt.

“Our new Smoky Mountain BBQ chicken blends the best flavors from the BBQ belt for a sweet, smoky flavor that everyone can agree on,” said Andrea Zahumensky, CMO, KFC U.S. “And unlike most BBQ, it’s crispy. The combination of KFC’s sweet and smoky BBQ sauce, combined with our Extra Crispy Chicken, creates an unexpected experience.”

Barbecue recipes have strong geographic origins in the U.S. The region known as the barbecue belt stretches across the southern United States, including the Carolinas, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky and Texas. Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Oklahoma also offer their own unique (often blended) BBQ options.

KFC’s take on the southern mainstay boasts a touch of vinegar to please North Carolinians, a little bit of sweetness for the Kansas City-style faithful and a crispiness that even Memphis dry rub fans will appreciate.

As KFC’s third southern-inspired flavor, Smoky Mountain BBQ joins spicy and smoky Nashville Hot Fried Chicken, and sweet and tangy Georgia Gold honey mustard BBQ in KFC’s Taste of the South menu line up.

Beginning January 29, KFC Smoky Mountain BBQ will be available in participating U.S. restaurants in Extra Crispy™ Tenders, Chicken Littles® and Extra Crispy™ Chicken.

Individual Smoky Mountain BBQ basket meals will be available for $4.99 and include three Extra Crispy™ Tenders or two pieces of Extra Crispy™ Chicken, an individual mashed potatoes and gravy and a biscuit (prices may vary; tax extra).