The VIPP Report: JB Smoove performs at the Kentucky Center

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Special contribution Sherlene M. Shanklin, WHAS11, The411, ABC Louisville

(Louisville, KY) The Kentucky Center presents multi-talented comedian/actor Jerry “JB Smoove” Brooks.  The author of The Book of Leon: Philosophy of a Fool, based on his character Leon where he’s loved by so many fans who watch the HBO comedy series “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.  He actually got his start by appearing on Def Comedy Jam in 1995.  He’s appeared on countless shows and programs from Saturday Night Live, ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat to the Real Husbands of Hollywood.

He will be at the Kentucky Center on Friday, October 25th in Bomhard Theater.  His stand up act is for mature adults due to the language and theme of the show.

Tickets are $38.50 and they are still available at the time of this report.

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The VIPP Report: The story Emilio and Gloria Estefan opens tonight in Louisville

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By Sherlene Shanklin

The phrase “On Your Feet” is symbolic for both Emilio and Gloria Estefan. One would automatically think it’s an eruption into a standing ovation which they receive during performances.

It’s goes a little deeper than that.

On March 20, 1990, Gloria’s tour bus crashed while in a snowstorm where she fractured her spine and required extensive rehab.  Doctors at one point thought she would never walk again but Estefan’s determination proved everyone wrong.

In fact, in less than a year, she was walking again and resumed her tour, performing one of her hits “On Your Feet”.

Fast-forward to 2019, now there’s a Broadway musical created by the Estefans with the same name.

Starting tonight through March 17, “On Your Feet” will be at the Kentucky Center in Louisville.  Coincidentally, it ends in Louisville just three days from the anniversary of that crash that changed Gloria and Emilio’s life.

The musical takes you behind the scenes, giving an intimate look at leaving their lives in Cuba, moving to Miami with nothing and their rise to international acclaim. The Estefans hit it big on both Spanish and mainstream charts.

The dynamic couple and business partners describe their journey of resilience by saying in the face of adversity, they found a way to end up on their feet earning a combined 26 Grammy Awards.

Tickets start at $37.00.  You need to check their website kentuckycenter.org for available show times.

The VIPP Report: Dance Theatre of Harlem will perform at the Kentucky Center

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For more than 50 years the Dance Theatre of Harlem, (DTH) have been entertaining audiences all over the U.S.  The 17-member dance ensemble is dedicated to transforming lives thought the power of arts and the vision of inclusion and access for all.  DHT is in Louisville on tonight, (November 9) at 8:00 pm at the Kentucky Center in Whitney Hall.

If you have never seen them perform, it’s a variety of generational art of expression from treasured classics, neo-classical works to ballet and African-American culture.

It’s not only an anniversary for the Dance Theatre of Harlem but the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts 35th anniversary.

Tickets start at $25 and they can be purchased at the Kentucky Center box office, www.kentuckycenter.org and/or by calling 502-502-584-7777.

 

The VIPP Report: The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant will be held in Louisville

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(Louisville, KY) The Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, (MKOTP) will take place on Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th at the Kentucky Center in downtown Louisville located at 501 W. Main Street.  The official preliminary of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Organization will bring 22 contestants from across the Commonwealth.  Contestants are scheduled to arrive in Louisville on Thursday.  On Friday, they will participate in the interview portion of the pageant followed by tours of Churchill and the Kentucky Derby Museum.  Then that night, they will enjoy a Louisville Bats Game.

On Saturday, May 26th is the beginning of the stage competition.  At 12:00 pm, is the preliminary competition which will be conducted in front of an audience.  Followed by a second round of preliminaries at 8:00 pm. On Sunday, May 27th at 2:00 pm, the finalist will be announced and one young lady will be announced as this year’s Miss Kentucky’s Outstanding Teen.

Each contestant will be judged on talent, a private interview, lifestyle and fitness in sportswear, evening wear and on-stage question.

Last year’s winner and current title holder Frankfort, KY native Abigail “Abby” Quammen will be attending the University of Alabama on a full tuition scholarship just for competing at the national pageant.  The 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

Dr. Ashley D. Anderson, Executive Director for the pageant and President of the Miss Kentucky board says “The Miss America Scholarship Organization has long been a household name for the glamour of the crown and the celebrity of the women who have worn it; but we are so much more! The Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization is a celebration of the talent, scholastic achievement and commitment to service of Kentucky’s finest young women. This organization is about empowering young women, through pageantry, to develop the leadership skills, confidence and network to achieve their biggest goals in life. It is our mission to provide scholarship opportunities for the young women of Kentucky to advance their education at little cost to themselves and their families. This Organization is so much more than a crown…it is changing Kentucky, one young woman at a time”!

After crowning, there’s an awards reception at the downtown Marriott where we will award approximately $10k in additional scholarships.

Tickets for the Miss Outstanding’s Teen Pageant are $30.00 for Saturday events, $35.00 for Sunday.  If you would like to attend all three open sessions the package is $80.25. They can be purchased at the Kentucky Center box office or by calling 502-584-7777.

To set up an interview, please call Sherlene Shanklin, at sshanklin at vippcommunications.com.

For additional information on the pageant please visit www.misskentucky.org.

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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 VIPP Report: 2018 Spring Fest announce artist lineup for Easter Weekend in Louisville

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FEATURING JACQUEES, DREEZY, DEJ LOAF AND DJ LUKE NASTY

(Louisville, KY) Three artists that’s worked together in the studio to collaborate on one another’s hits will now all be a part of the same show giving fans a unique experience. Each artist respectful also are known for being hit singer/songwriter and/or rap artists. From dropping bars to dropping lyrics.

On Saturday, March 31st, (Easter Weekend) Southside Hot Rod Entertainment presents 2018 Spring Fest featuring Jacquees, Dreezy, Dej Loaf, and DJ Luke Nasty in concert at the Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main Street in downtown Louisville.  The show will be hosted by actress/singer B. Simone. She’s also known for her edgy, quick wit on Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out as a cast member of the hit television program.

Doors open at 8:30 pm and the show will begin at 9:00 pm.  DJ Empty Beats will be in the mix and keeping the show moving into between artists.  Tickets are start at $68.50.  You can purchase them at the Kentucky Center Box Office, kentuckycenter.org, or by calling 502-584-7777 or 800-775-7779.

So, its Jacquees, Dreezy, Dej Loaf an DJ Luke Nasty all performing at 2018 Spring Fest in Louisville at the Kentucky Center on Saturday, March 31st.

Please announce and/or post our event on your shows and calendars.  For interviews and/or request additional information contact VIPP Communications at

mail@vippcommunications.com.

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The VIPP Report: Tribute event announced to honor jazz great and Louisville native Lionel Hampton

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LOUISVILLE, KY – The Lincoln Foundation in partnership with Dick Sisto, Ken Clay, Owsley Brown III, Louisville Public Media, Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, The Kentucky Center, Mike Balter Mallets and Vandoren Saxophone Reeds proudly announces the First, Annual Lionel Hampton Tribute Concert Showcase. The event will take place in the Bomhard Theater of the Kentucky Center on Saturday Oct. 7.

Dick Sisto, on vibraphone, is the artistic and music director who will lead a group of featured jazz artists who will pay tribute to jazz greats past and present.  They include Barry Ries, trumpet (Lionel Hampton); Bobby Broom, guitar (Sonny Rollins); Bobby Floyd, keyboards (Count Basie); Jim Anderson, bass (Benny Golson); Art Gore, drums (George Benson) and special guest Harry Skoler, clarinet (Berklee College of Music).

Louisville native Lionel Hampton was born on April 20, 1908. He popularized the vibraphone and played with the Benny Goodman Quartet before becoming a successful bandleader. Hampton received honors from Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He performed well into his 90s before passing away in 2002.

Mayor Greg Fischer and the city of Louisville have embraced this event and hope to honor this hometown jazz great and innovator with an official Lionel Hampton dedication day. The event will also feature a showcase of young percussion students on the vibraphone and drums.  A music scholarship will be considered for one of the participating youth.

Schedule and ticket information for the Lionel Hampton Tribute Concert Showcase will be announced later this summer. Proceeds from the event will benefit Lincoln Foundation’s signature Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®.

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. Lincoln Foundation outcomes demonstrate that students can break the cycle of poverty in their families through higher education. Students are holistically developed in an educational culture that stresses academic achievement and graduation from college.  Lincoln Foundation annually serves approximately 600 students from two years of age through college with its year-round, nontraditional educational enrichment programs.

For additional information, please contact Paula Campbell at 502.585.4733 ext. 203 or Sherlene Shanklin at 502-295-0435 or sshanklin@vippcommunications.com.  Please visit our website at www.lincolnfdn.org.

 

The VIPP Report: News conference to announce an event to keep Louisville native Lionel Hampton’s music legacy alive

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MEDIA ADVISORY

June 2, 2017

 

WHO:             Lincoln Foundation representatives and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

WHAT:           Details will be announced about an upcoming event that will celebrate the                           life and accomplishments of Louisville native Lionel Hampton

WHEN:           Wednesday, June 7, 2017

WHERE:         Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main Street

TIME:             11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Confirmed attendees:

Mayor Greg Fischer, Dick Sisto, Ken Clay, Larry McDonald, and a representative from the Owsley Brown II family

If you have any questions, please contact Paula Campbell with Lincoln Foundation at 502-651-1015 or Sherlene Shanklin with VIPP Communications at 502-295-0435.