The VIPP Report: Louisville native Bryson Tiller adds a second show in his hometown

By Sherlene Shanklin

Someone mentioned to me yesterday that Louisville native Bryson Tiller will have two show in Louisville as part of his “Set It Off” tour.  I looked at that schedule multiple times and just didn’t see it.

Then in the last hour the Grammy-nominated artist announced three popup shows and there it was “LOUISVILLE”.

Tiller will start the popups tomorrow, June 1st with The Roxy in Los Angeles, CA. The second on will be June 3rd in New York at the Bowery Ballroom and then his last popup will be in his hometown of Louisville, KY.  He will be at the Mercury Ballroom on Wednesday, June 7th.

The Mercury Ballroom is an intimate venue where the patrons stand.  It holds around 900 people.

The show is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. This is what the Mercury Ballroom is saying about the concert:

The VIPP Report: Louisville native Bryson Tiller announces “Set It Off” tour

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By Sherlene Shanklin

His “Trap Soul” album took the music industry by storm.  Now, Louisville native and Grammy nominated artist Bryson Tiller announces his “Set It Off” tour and of course his hometown is on the list.

Fans will see Bryson on Saturday, September 16 at the KFC Yum! Center as part of his North American tour.  Metro Boomin and R&B singer H.E.R. will open the show.

His new album “True to Self” is already getting rave reviews and maybe ranked of No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. He surprised fans by releasing it on May 26th about a month earlier than its anticipated date.

I will monitor that ranking when it comes out this Sunday, June 4. This is only Bryson’s aka Pen Griffey’s second album.  The RCA artist has been singing and rapping since his high school days at Iroquois High and in 2014 his single “Don’t” became a hit thanks to the internet and his new found followers. Artists like Drake and Timbaland vibed on Tiller’s sound and that’s what got labels interested.

Now, he’s had hits like “Sorry Not Sorry”, “Exchange” and his current hit “Somethin Tells Me”.

Bryson is already collecting plenty of hardware for his trophy case. In 2016, he won Best new artist, Best R& B/Pop artist at the BET Awards. He also won Best New R & B artist at the iHeart Radio Music Awards this year.  His nominations have been adding up too from the Grammy Awards to the Billboard Music Awards.

The tour kicks off on June 23rd in Los Angeles in the Staple Center.

Tickets for the September 16th show in Louisville start at $39.50. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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The VIPP Report: New online jewelry line

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There’s a new online jewelry line that’s BOLD, BEAUTIFUL and makes a statement.  VIPP Style Accessories is a jewelry vendor that searches high and low to find affordable statement pieces.  They started their business in December 2016 and they are already having to expand.  The VIPP Style team handpicks each piece.

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To see what’s currently available go to http://www.vippstyle.com.

On Facebook @vippstyle and Instagram @vipp_style.

If you would like to have some of these pieces in your boutique, on display, style shows and/or weddings contact us booking@vippstyle.com.

No order is too small nor too big.  If you would like to be on the VIPP Style Team and/or would like to host a jewelry show email us at vippstyle@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Super Hoop Basketball Classic Returns To Louisville

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Event will take place Memorial Day weekend

(Louisville, KY) It’s the return of the Super Hoop High School All-Star Seniors Classic.  In the state where players have the reputation of competitive high flying and raining three-pointers from all over the court.  The region’s top players will match up and to measure their skill set before heading to the respective collegiate teams.

On Saturday, May 27th, old school meets new school at Old Male High School located at 911 S. Brook Street.  Starting at 1:00 p.m. various championship veteran players will coach the future all-stars.

There will be a Doctors of Dunk Contest judged by of course some of the legendary sky walkers in this area.  It’s only right for them to judge the next group of stars entering their tight brotherhood of basketball dominance.  If that’s not enough entertainment.  Back by popular demand is the Celebrity All-Star Peace game.  Area celebrities, current and former professionals will lace them up “4 Peace”.

This is a family friendly event, so we did not forget about our young sports fans.  There will be a peewee contest. All peewee participants will receive two Louisville Bats 2017 season tickets.

This classic has seen some of the best when it comes to fundamentally sound players that’s have elevated their skills to winner NBA and NCAA championships. The urban style of the game is quick, streaky with plenty of flair.

The Super Hoop Classic is proud of its alumni like Miami Heat and University of Kentucky champion Derek Anderson,  Kentucky’s High School Sweet 16 Tournament 1997 MVP and a member of Eastern’s championship team Ashley Olinger;  former International league  player, NCAA coach and current high school assistant coach in South Carolina Cypheus Bunton; Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball , Kentucky Boys State Champion and Super Hoop Slam Dunk Champ Jermaine Brown, Dwayne Morton: NBA second round pick to Golden State in 1994, UofL ‘s all-time leader in three-point field goal percentage and Kentucky Mr. Basketball; Anthony Grundy: played in the NBA and Italian League, collegiately he played on North Carolina State and he was a Super Hoop three-point contest champ.  This is just a of the many success stories and we are excited to see the Class of 2017!

If that’s not enough entertainment.  Back by popular demand is the Celebrity All-Star 4

Peace game.  Local celebrities, current and former professionals will lace them up “4 Peace”.  Some past participants; Dr. Kevin Cosby, Scooter McCrary, Kareem Abdul Jr., the late Troy “Esclade” Jackson, Ukari Figgs, Vince Taylor and celebrity guests like Tela, Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Timberland and DJ Kid Capri.

This will be an entertaining and action-packed game with a NBA feel by having neo-soul, R & B and hip hop music playing during the game.

Throughout the game there will be entertainment from performances from all genres of music to spoken word and performances by some of the city’s hottest dance teams.

Legendary sports announcer and the voice of the Dirt Bowl Cornell Bradley will keep the action going with play by play commentary of the games as well as friendly picking on spectators in the stands.

We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the games, entertainment and activities.

Tickets are only $5.00 per person.  If you have additional information about the game, call Barry Tilford at 502-650-3660.

If you would like to setup an interview, please call VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

 

 

The VIPP Report: Louisville leaders step up to help keep youth safe this summer

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May 24, 2017

With the recent acts of violence in the community and today being the last day of school for Jefferson County Public School students, parents and guardians are scrambling to find events and activities for youth to attend.

On Thursday, May 25th at 10:00 am at Old Male High School, 911 S. Brook Street community and faith-based leaders will announce an event taking place this weekend. Leaders are buying up tickets to give to organizations and church groups to make sure youth have something safe to do on Memorial Day weekend.

The chaperoned event will be fun safe and will applaud the youth who are doing what their families, schools and community ask of them.

In conjunction with the announcement WLOU/104.7FM will do a marathon giveaway Thursday and Friday to make sure youth who want to attend that do not have the money will get to enjoy their first weekend on summer break.

Please join us for details of the event, the former University of Kentucky and University of Louisville players who’ve agreed to be a part of Saturday’s event and the community leaders who are stepping up to make sure our children have a place where they can be kids and not worry about their safety.

Representatives from WLOU, 104.7FM, church leaders and various community leaders will all be on hand for the media briefing to show their support. (Please see attached-All participating organizations involved in Saturday’s event)

If you have any questions, please contact Barry Tilford at 502-650-3660.
A full press release will be distributed at the conclusion of the announcement. For media inquiries please contact VIPP Communications at 502-582-7716 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

PRESS CONFERENCE DETAILS:  Thursday, May 25th 10:00 am Old Male High School, 911 S. Brook Street Contact: Barry Tilford, 502-650-3660

 

The VIPP Report: The Acts of Kindness Gala will honor community leaders and area youth

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(Louisville, KY) It’s the 2nd Annual Acts of Kindness (AOK) Gala.  It will be held on Saturday, July 15th at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center at 8:00 pm.

The gala is a part of the Stamina Foundation, founded by NBA and NCAA champion Derek Anderson.  The foundation was created to empower youth and young adults with the resources and the life skills they need to follow their dreams.  Our first major project is to open the Stamina Academy.  The purpose of the academy is to teach skills to youth both in and out of the school system with the goal of bringing this generation back to life’s basic skills; manners, being respectful to others, self-confidence, self-motivation, and self-education.  The Stamina Foundation is excited to announce that their foundation that demonstrates doing the right thing and volunteerism will honor community leaders and area students for a second year.

The purpose of the AOK Gala is to introduce guest to the academy and how to get those doors open. Also, during the evening you will get to enjoy inspirational stories of this year’s honorees.  Those names will be released the week of the gala.

Derek Anderson says “I want to help the next generation develop mental training which is a vital life skill component.  My goal is to create more leaders and less followers.  I want them to be able to have the will power to standup for what’s right.  In turn, it becomes infectious and others will follow suit. Let’s SHOW them how GREAT they can become and to let them know that “Everything will be AOK”.

The black tie optional event will be July 15th with a “Meet & Greet” at 7:00 pm and Dinner at 8:00 pm.  Single tickets are $150 and couple tickets are $250. To purchase tickets and/or donate go to www.staminafd.com.

If you would like to setup an interview (in-studio/by phone) with Derek Anderson Sr. please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Soul artist Leela James will be in Louisville

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By Sherlene Shanklin

A few weeks ago, I told friends that I had found my new cd to hit repeat on.  Now, I’ve learned that the artist will be in Louisville.  R&B and soul artist Leela James will be at the Mercury Ballroom on Wednesday, June 14th at 8:00p.

James’ new cd entitled “Did It For Love” is filled with soulful anthems and stories of love from “Don’t want You Back” “All Over Again” “Hard For Me” to “Take Me”.  It’s a cd full of soulful ballads.

Daley will open for James.  He currently has the single “Until the Pain is Gone” featuring Jill Scott.

Tickets for Leela James go on sale Friday, May 19th at 12:00p.

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The VIPP Report: The reigning Miss America Savvy Shields will be in Louisville as part of the Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant on Friday, May 26th

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(LOUISVILLE, KY) The Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization will host a luncheon in conjunction with the Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant (MKYOT) held in Louisville May 26-28 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.  This year’s special guest is the reigning Miss America Savvy Janine Shields.  The 21-year old Arkansas native was crowned Miss America 2017 on September 11, 2016 in Atlantic City.  Savvy is the National Goodwill Ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. She’s currently a senior at the University of Arkansas where she’s majoring in Art and has a minor in Business.

The “Meet Miss America Luncheon” will be held on Friday, May 26th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 311 S. 4th Street at 11:30 a.m.  The public is invited to attend the luncheon, meet Miss America 2017 and participate in the autograph and photo opportunities.  Individual tickets are $35 and couple tickets are $60 for the pair.

This year’s Mistress of Ceremony will be Miss America 2000 and Kentucky native Heather French Henry.  Guests will also be serenaded with performances by the reigning Miss Kentucky, Laura Jones and the reigning Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen, Chapel Tinius.

Dr. Ashley D. Anderson, Executive Director, Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program says “The Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization is so excited to bring Miss America to Louisville this year. To kick off pageant weekend for the 20th anniversary of our teen program, this luncheon will help show the community what we, as an organization are all about. That is scholarship, style, service and success…impacting the future of Kentucky, one young woman at a time. This is a time where our community needs strong leaders with passion and strong character and that’s what we are all about.”

If you would like to setup an interview with Miss America at the luncheon and/or in-studio interviews with Dr. Anderson please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

About Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant  The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant is an official preliminary of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Organization.  This program is empowering young women through pageantry to develop leadership skills, confidence and achieve their biggest goals in life. MKYOT is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time! The pageant will be held May 26th-28th in Louisville, KY at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.  For more information, visit www.misskentuckypageant.com.

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The VIPP Report: Faith, Hope & Love…The Greatest of these is LOVE

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(Louisville, KY) With so much going on in our community from violence to economic disparity, people are looking for a ray of hope and inspiration.  On Saturday, May 20th at 6:00 pm, GAB Productions and WLOU 104.7 FM present “An Evening with Kirk Franklin Live”.

Instead of being behind four walls, Franklin and the planning committee decided they wanted to take the message to streets by holding the concert in an open lot behind St. Stephen Church located at 1018 S. 15th Street.

The theme for the concert: “Peace in the Streets”.  Franklin, a multi-Grammy, Dove, and Stellar Award winner will motivate, inspire, and have you encouraged to be more and do more for yourself, family and community.  That’s the mission for this concert.

We are also excited to have Louisville natives, Dove Award winner, Stellar and Grammy Award nominees Jay and The Team open for Franklin.

Bill Price, General Manager for WLOU, WLLV & 104.7FM says “We want to impact the entire community but right now we see a real need to assist the residents west of 9th Street.  This is the first time, that the number #1 Gospel artist in the world has agreed to perform in a major concert format.  He’s coming to support the Peace in the Streets initiative. This will be a treat that all ages, socio-economics, races and faiths can come together as one to promote peace.”

Tickets are still available but are going fast. You can purchase them at Better Days Records East & West.  For reserved seating please call 513-324-4025 or by email at gabproinc@aol.com.

If you would like to setup an interview with Kirk Franklin, Jay and The Team, and/or Bill Price, please contact Sherlene Shanklin, VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

 

The VIPP Report: Superchef adds television host to his resume with a live studio audience which will be filmed in Louisville

 

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(Louisville, KY) You’ve seen him on numerous national and cable cooking programs from Rachel Ray, Food Network, HLN, to the Cooking Channel as a guest.  Now, Darnell “SuperChef” Ferguson will host his own one hour television special.

SuperChefs Live will be filmed on Friday, May 19th from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Sullivan University with a live studio audience.  During the cooking show SuperChef will make a delectable pizza parfait.  He will also have Derek Anderson, NBA & NCAA champion, author and entrepreneur as one of his guest.  The culinary event with tastings of creative cooking demos, music and inspiration.

SuperChef says “I always wanted to have my own show.  This is a pilot show and it will launch several things for me including my new book “of “Knowing Is half the fight…Cooking is the other”.  I’m humbled each and every day by the support I’m receiving. Stay tuned for future announcements that I’m excited to share with you.”

We invite you to be a part of the studio audience, tickets are only $75 per person which includes cocktails, an autographed copy of Darnell “SuperChef” Ferguson’s book and seat in the auditorium for the live two hour taping.    Reserve your seat(s) by going to supercheflive@gmail.com and R.S.V.P. (Limited seats available).   Proceeds will benefit Children Shouldn’t Hunger initiative.

If you would like to setup an interview with Darnell “Super Chef” Ferguson, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

Super Chefs located at 1702 Bardstown Road.

Please visit the following sites for additional information:  http://eatsuperchefs.com/ and/or www.iamsuperchef.com.

Reserve your seat today by going to Superchefslive.eventbrite.com.

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The VIPP Report: Janet Jackson announces tonight her return to the stage

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By Sherlene Shanklin

She’s went on maturity leave and many thought she may not return.  There’s been hints all day from the multi-Grammy Award winning artist that something was brewing.  A video saying she would return but when?

Then at 10:20 pm tonight, an email pops into my inbox announcing the Janet Jackson 2017 State of the World Tour.  The 56-city tour will begin on Thursday, September 7th in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Louisville, KY is on that tour schedule.  Jackson will be at the KFC Yum! Center on Friday, December 1st.  Tickets go on sale Friday, May 5th, (Oaks Day).

Don’t forget if you previously purchased tickets for the Unbreakable Tour they will be honored for the news dates.  Janet cancelled the concert because she was expecting her first child and was told by doctors to rest.  She had that baby January 3rd of this year.

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Here’s the tour locations for The State of the World:

THE STATE OF THE WORLD TOUR:

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Thursday, September 07, 2017               Lafayette, LA                Cajundome**

Saturday, September 09, 2017               Houston, TX                  Toyota Center

Sunday, September 10, 2017                 Austin, TX                     Frank Erwin Center

Wednesday, September 13, 2017           San Antonio, TX            AT&T Center

Thursday, September 14, 2017               Dallas, TX                     American Airlines Center

Saturday, September 16, 2017               Little Rock, AR              Verizon Arena

Sunday, September 17, 2017                 Tulsa, OK                      BOK Center

Tuesday, September 19, 2017                Albuquerque, NM          Isleta Amphitheater

Thursday, September 21, 2017               Phoenix, AZ                  Talking Stick Resort Arena**

Saturday, September 23, 2017               Anaheim, CA                 Honda Center

Sunday, September 24, 2017                 Fresno, CA                   Save Mart Center**

Tuesday, September 26, 2017                Vancouver, BC              Rogers Arena**

Wednesday, September 27, 2017           Seattle, WA                   Key Arena

Friday, September 29, 2017                   Portland, OR                 Moda Center

Sunday, October 01, 2017                     Reno, NV                      Grand Sierra Resort & Casino**

Tuesday, October 03, 2017                    Sacramento, CA            Golden 1 Center**

Thursday, October 05, 2017                   Concord, CA                 Concord Pavilion

Saturday, October 07, 2017                   San Diego, CA              Valley View Casino Center**

Sunday, October 08, 2017                     Los Angeles, CA           Hollywood Bowl

Saturday, October 14, 2017                   Las Vegas, NV              Mandalay Bay Events Center**

Monday, October 16, 2017                     Salt Lake City, UT          Vivint Smart Home Arena

Tuesday, October 17, 2017                    Denver, CO                   Pepsi Center Arena

Thursday, October 19, 2017                   Kansas City, MO           Sprint Center

Saturday, October 21, 2017                   St. Louis, MO                Chaifetz Arena

Sunday, October 22, 2017                     Milwaukee, WI               BMO Harris Bradley Center

Wednesday, October 25, 2017               Moline, IL                      iWireless Center

Thursday, October 26, 2017                   Chicago, IL                   Allstate Arena

Saturday, October 28, 2017                   Toledo, OH                   The Huntington Center

Sunday, October 29, 2017                     Detroit, MI                     Little Caesars Arena**

Wednesday, November 01, 2017            Grand Rapids, MI          Van Andel Arena**

Thursday, November 02, 2017                Toronto, ON                  Air Canada Centre**

Saturday, November 04, 2017                Buffalo, NY                   KeyBank Center**

Sunday, November 05, 2017                  Boston, MA                  TD Garden

Tuesday, November 07, 2017                 Providence, RI              Dunkin Donuts Center

Wednesday, November 08, 2017            Manchester, NH SNHU Arena

Friday, November 10, 2017                    Atlantic City, NJ            Boardwalk Hall

Saturday, November 11, 2017                Bethlehem, PA              Sands Bethlehem Events Center

Monday, November 13, 2017                 Philadelphia, PA            Wells Fargo Center

Wednesday, November 15, 2017            Brooklyn, NY                Barclays Center

Thursday, November 16, 2017                Washington, DC            Verizon Center

Saturday, November 18, 2017                Baltimore, MD               Royal Farms Arena

Sunday, November 19, 2017                  Newark, NJ                   Prudential Center

Sunday, November 26, 2017                  Indianapolis, IN             Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Tuesday, November 28, 2017                 Columbus, OH              Schottenstein Center

Wednesday, November 29, 2017            Pittsburgh, PA              PPG Paints Arena

Friday, December 01, 2017                    Louisville, KY                KFC Yum! Center

Sunday, December 03, 2017                  Cleveland, OH               Quicken Loans Arena

Monday, December 04, 2017                 Lexington, KY               Rupp Arena**

Wednesday, December 06, 2017            Memphis, TN                 FedEx Forum**

Thursday, December 07, 2017                Nashville, TN                 Bridgestone Arena**

Saturday, December 09, 2017                Birmingham, Al              The BJCC

Monday, December 11, 2017                 Fort Lauderdale, FL       BB&T Center

Tuesday, December 12, 2017                 Jacksonville, FL            Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

Thursday, December 14, 2017                Norfolk, VA                   Norfolk Scope Arena

Saturday, December 16, 2017                Columbia, SC                Colonial Life Arena

Sunday, December 17, 2017                  Atlanta, GA                   Philips Arena