The VIPP Report: Area promoters unite to create the Louisville 502 Shutdown

SOME OF THE HOTTEST PROMOTERS IN LOUISVILLE HIT A HOME RUN BY TEAMING UP TO CREATE A WEEKEND TO SHOW UNITY AND THEIR POSITIVE INFLUENCE IN THE COMMUNITY

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(Louisville, KY) The entertainment scene in Louisville is growing by leaps and bounds from concerts, celebrities after-parties, galas, Kentucky Derby to community events.  With the growth in 2018, comes a sense of pride from entertainment promoters to outdo themselves every time to give their strong support system of followers and guests a unique experience.

Imagine if all the promoters would come together to create and show a united front because they are the trendsetters in the community and they have the influence to set the standard.  So, on September 15th and 16th ten Louisville-based promoters will team up for the “Louisville 502 Shutdown”. This is a major collaboration of Big Don MJ, The Gentlemen of Dream Team, Keys2KY, BHen Entertainment, Elite Society, Southside Entertainment, DJ Equip, FAO, Lil Wayne and JRock Entertainment, and B. Smith Entertainment. 

The weekend kicks off at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd for their Louisville 502 Shutdown Day Party.  Each promoter’s fanbase will start at KCAAH with three rooms to party from 5:00 pm to 10 :00 pm.

The DJ schedule is just as impressive.  Promoters has assembled a dynamic roster of party starters.  You can see them around the city in their particular club and/or major event.  Many have garnered regional and national attention for their skills and five of them will work the day party to get the weekend started.  DJ Samosa, DJ Butter, DJ Lil Jerry, DJ Kaos, and Rockstar Renegade will party until the sun goes down.  Then your 502 Shutdown experience moves.  Two different venues but both guaranteed to have you dancing late into the night.

Some will head to The Hideout at 934 Baxter Ave while others will go to Cole’s Place at Kentucky Street for their official after-parties. DJ Knitti, DJ Lil Jerry, and Hype man Face will be at Cole’s and DJ Cam and DJ Znyce will be at The Hideout.

To conclude their grand slam weekend, on Sunday, September 16th at MVP Sports Bar, 5011 Poplar Level Road. DJ Phats, DJ Lil Jerry, Rockstar Renegade and DJ Eb will wrap up the collaboration as you enjoy their music, food and watch a few games.

The inaugural weekend is guaranteed to fill that void that party lovers have been missing.  Ten promoters teaming up to give you’re the ultimate party experience.  You can purchase tickets at various locations: Wing Station, 2119 Crums Lane; Better Days West, 2600 West Broadway; Hair La Flair, 1859 Berry Blvd; Michael JS, St. Matthews Mall; DBA Couture, 5017 Poplar Level Road and/or got to Eventbrite.com.  For additional information call the Louisville 502 Shutdown hotline at 502-472-2069 or by email at 502shutdown@gmail.com.

Please consider announcing and/or posting our weekend of events.  If you would like to setup an interview, contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcomunications.com.

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Travis Scott’s Astroworld Tour is announced

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Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Affiliate Louisville

The411 with Sherlene Shanklin:  It’s been a busy day when it comes to concert announcements.  Hip hop star Travis Scott announces his “Astroworld: Wish You Were Here” Tour.  The show is slated as a show unlike anything done before and unlikely to be topped with the artist’s explosive and wild performances.  The tour will kick off in Baltimore, Maryland on November 8th.  Several days later he will make a stop in Louisville, KY at the KFC Yum! Center on Monday, November 19th.

The tour is the same name of his third album, ASTROWORLD.  Scott;s album earned the second highest debut of the year on the Billboard Top 200.

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 24th at 10 am for the Louisville show.

Also, did you know that he was giving away $100,000 to fans? Travis uses his platform to give back to fans and he actually handed out $100,000 on his Cash App. He calls it transferring his blessing to others.

If you have a story idea, send it to me at The411@whas11.com.  You can follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr, IG: @sherlenemediapro and FB @SherleneShanklin for the latest in community and entertainment news.

Here’s Travis Scott’s AstroWorld Tour schedule:

Thursday, November 8, 2018 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena

Friday, November 9, 2018 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena

Sunday, November 11, 2018 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena

Monday, November 12, 2018 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena

Thursday, November 15, 2018 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center

Monday, November 19, 2018 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena

Saturday, November 24, 2018 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center

Sunday, November 25, 2018 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

Thursday, November 29, 2018 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena

Friday, November 30, 2018 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center

Saturday, December 1, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center

Sunday, December 2, 2018 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena

Thursday, December 6, 2018 – Chicago, IL @ United Center

Saturday, December 8, 2018 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center

Sunday, December 9, 2018 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum

Monday, December 10, 2018 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center Omaha

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

Saturday, December 15, 2018 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

 

The VIPP Report: Academy Award Winning Actress, Viola Davis and Entrepreneur of the Year, Phyllis Newhouse Launch ShoulderUp: A Women’s Movement

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ATLANTA, GA AUGUST 2018 – Phyllis Newhouse and Viola Davis have come together as Co-Founders of a new global women’s movement called ShoulderUp.

Around the world, women who represent economic power and voices of influence, have come together to launch what many believe to be the most impactful and important movement of our time. These are women dedicated to connecting and supporting other women on their journey, in an effort to bring about change where and when it is needed the most.

Phyllis and Viola will launch the ShoulderUP Movement during a 2 hour simulcast, called Journey to Legacy. The simulcast on Sunday, August 26, 2018 will offer candid conversation, laughter, lessons, and inspiration, as they teach us that connection begins with understanding the power of your own story. They will share how they each used their pasts to create a new story for themselves, how you can do the same and -in turn- use this as your foundation for building significance and legacy. By tuning in, you will learn the true purpose of the movement, and see how connecting with these women can help you on your individual journey to legacy.

To experience the ShoulderUp launch and learn from these two incredible women, individual and group Simulcast Passes can be purchased at legendsandleaders.com.

Women of all backgrounds and from around the world are being invited to experience Journey to Legacy and the debut of the ShoulderUP movement.

Phyllis Newhouse  After spending 22 years in the Army developing computer technologies for homeland security, Phyllis started her own business from scratch, as a mother who is single. 16 years later, she won the 2017 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, for Technology, and her company, Xtreme Solutions, Inc., has been recognized as being one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned Companies in the U.S. consecutively for the past six years. She is also member of the Women Presidents Organization, the Belizean Grove, and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), as well as a Partner in the Legend52 Fund.

Viola Davis  Named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2017, Viola is a critically revered actress of film, television, and theater. She was Oscar nominated for her performance in The Help, won an Academy Award for Fences, and received a Prime Time Emmy Award for her work in ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder. Viola is the only black person to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony). She and her husband, Julius Tennon, are the founders of the production company JuVee Productions.

For additional information on the Journey to Legacy simulcast and the ShoulderUp movement, please call: Emma Pitts emma@PullSpark.com Cell: 404-432-6014.

For media inquiries and to obtain media credentials for the white carpet, contact Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: The Soul of Russell Arts & Cultural Festival will be held at the Heritage Center in the heart of the Russell Neighborhood

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(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) in collaboration with the Kentucky Music Heritage Foundation presents the Soul of Russell Arts & Cultural Festival August 24th & 25th.  The Soul of Russell Arts and Cultural Festival will be two amazing nights celebrating the blues and jazz tradition in Kentucky at the Heritage Center in Louisville.

On Friday, August 24th, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm local blues and jazz artists will perform Saluting Past Blues and Jazz Giants from Kentucky, showcasing artists: Tanita Gaines, Karan Chavis, Carla Reisert and the Midwest Creole Ensemble, will perform music remembering Mary Anne Fisher, Helen Humes, Sara Martin, Barrington “Boogie” Martin, William “Roach” Cochram, and special tribute to Bluesman Steve Ferguson.

On Saturday, August 25th from 1:00 pm to 4:00pm, the festival will take you back in history with Kentucky Music from 1840s through the 1920s.  At 1:00 pm it’s Gallery Talk: Doug Van Buren About the Exhibition by the Kentucky Music Heritage Foundation currently on display at KCAAH.  This conversation is scheduled to conclude around 2:15 pm (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes).

From 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm its From Jug Band to Blues and Jazz.  Michael L. Jones and Keith S. Clements will facilitate a presentation and discussion about the rich history of Jug Band Music the origin of Blues and Jazz in Kentucky. These two presentations are free and open to the public.

Also, on Saturday evening, August 25th from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm it’s the Soulful Sounds of Derby Town.  The evening will showcase some of Louisville’s rich talent featuring Robbie Bartlett, Marjorie Marshall, Paula Yarbrough, Ron Lewis “Mr. Wonderful” and The Villeffect Band.

This year’s mistress of ceremony for both evenings will be The Glamour Girl of Comedy Kimberly Vaughn.  The Heritage Center is located in the heart of the Russell Neighborhood at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and/or $35 for both nights

 If you would like to setup an interview and/or covering this year’s Soul of Russell Arts & Cultural Festival contact VIPP Communications at 502-582-7216 or by email at info@vippcommunications.com.

For additional information visit the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage at http://www.kcaah.org  Follow us on our social media platforms: Twitter @kygriot/FB @kygriot.

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The VIPP Report: 2nd Annual Lionel Hampton Tribute Concert Showcase Benefits Lincoln Foundation’s Signature Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®

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Lincoln Foundation, in partnership with Dick Sisto, Ken Clay, and Owsley Brown III, present the 2nd annual Lionel Hampton Tribute Concert Showcase.  The concert takes place Friday, August 17th at 7:30 pm at the Holy Trinity Clifton Campus Eifler Theatre (formerly the Clifton Center) located at 2117 Payne Street.

The fundraiser benefits Lincoln Foundation’s signature Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®.  The ultimate goal of the college prep program is to empower students for successful graduation from high school and college.  Scholars have earned over 400 postsecondary degrees since 2000.  Lincoln Foundation has empowered disadvantaged youth to overcome adversity through education since its inception by Berea College over 100 years ago.  The mission of the organization is to provide educational enrichment programs that develop and support youth in overcoming barriers to achievement.

The Lionel Hampton Tribute Concert Showcase honors the late, great jazz musician and Louisville native Lionel Hampton.  Born on April 20, 1908, Hampton popularized the vibraphone and was renowned for being an innovator, actor, pianist, showman, and entertainer. Hampton received countless awards and honors which included being recognized for his outstanding work in music by two standing presidents.  Both President George H. W. Bush and President Bill Clinton honored the jazz icon.

Louisville’s own jazz legend, vibraphonist Dick Sisto, continues to keep Hampton’s legacy alive.  Sisto will serve as the artistic and musical director for the showcase.  A group of world-class artists will join Sisto including Jeremy Allen, double bass; Art Gore, drums; Walter Smith III, saxophone; Robert McCarther, vocals; and two-time Grammy Award winner, Kamau Kenyatta, piano.  Four of the artists are also renowned professors of jazz at some of the country’s preeminent schools of music.

The evening begins with the presentation of the prestigious Spirit of Excellence Award.  The award is annually given to a local individual who exemplifies an active commitment to education, human/community service, and leadership.  The 2018 recipients are Steve and Amy Trager.  Steve is the Chairman and CEO of Republic Bank, and Amy is a community leader and volunteer.  Past recipients include Christina Lee Brown, Laura Douglas, Ed Hamilton, Mary Gwen Wheeler, Mayor Greg Fischer, Robert & Deborah Blair and Lonnie & the late Muhammad Ali.

Tickets for the Lionel Hampton Tribute Showcase are $40 for general admission and $25 for students with a valid ID and can be purchased through www.louisvilletickets.com. Tickets are also available at Better Days Records East and Better Days Records West.

For additional information, please contact Paula Campbell at 502.585.4733 ext. 203 or Sherlene Shanklin at sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.  Visit our website at www.lincolnfdn.org.

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The VIPP Report: VIPP Style Accessories will host a Sip, Shop & Support

 

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VIPP Style Accessories will host their monthly Sip, Shop & Support on Sunday, August 19th at Virtue located at 103 W. Oak Street from 2 pm to 5 pm.  Admission is FREE!  We are just asking you to come out and support the vendors/businesses.

This is an opportunity for local entrepreneurs get a chance to showcase their service and/or product and network with other businesses.

There will be vendors from statement pieces, beauty, health, romance, fashion clothing to locally owned company that actually makes their own cremes, bath soaps.

Here’s some of the vendors that’s confirmed their participation:

  • We 2 Sistas
  • TJ Next Level Apparels
  • Advance Pure Romance with Whitney
  • Danita Beals Independent Consultant/Paparazzi Jewelry
  • Angel’s Massage
  • Eboney Rice Bridges Mary Kay Consultant
  • VIPP Style Accessories

Virtue is a sponsor for the event.  If you would like to be a sponsor to market your business contact VIPP Style Accessories at booking at vippstyle dot com.

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The VIPP Report: An act of kindness can help two JCPS students go on a “Back to School” shopping spree

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Anticipation begins to grow as students prepare to head back to school on August 15th.  Some have anxiety because their parents have difficulties supporting their households.  Purchasing anything extra right now puts a strain on their expenses.  Do you know a Jefferson County Public School high school senior that continues to give back and considered a role model amongst their peers, family and friends even when they have no idea what the future holds for them and their family?

AFM Threads and the Stamina “AOK” Foundation team up to assist some students with their back to school needs.  We are looking for two lucky high school seniors who would like the opportunity to receive clothing for school and prom apparel valued at $1,000 for their act(s) of kindness.

Seniors need to submit a letter and/or video 2 minutes or less explaining how they give back through community service.  A committee will read the entries and determine the winners.  Submit entries to: afmforher@gmail.com.  The deadline is August 13, 2018 at 11:59 pm.

Winners of the contest will receive: two outfits for back to school, prom attire, lunch with Miss Kentucky and a mentor session with Stamina Foundation Founder Derek Anderson.

If you know a high school senior that needs a little support, please have them submit an essay on giving back.  We would also like for them also to choose a non-profit to volunteer with during the school year.

If you would like to have the organizers of the Back to School Initiative on your program and/or to have youth models showing viewers the latest trends please contact VIPP Communications for availability by calling 502.295.0435 or email us at  info@vippcommunications.com.

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