The VIPP Report: Sheila E. in concert on the Louisville Waterfront


(Louisville, KY) Tonight, Sheila E. will be a part of the Kentucky Derby Festival Waterfront Jam.

The world-renowned drummer and percussionist known for hits like “Glamourous Life” and “A Love Bizarre” has performed with some of the greatest artists of our time from Prince, Marvin Gaye, Ringo Starr to Beyonce, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie.

Sheila E. will take the stage around 9:00 pm.  Looking at her social media pages, she just finished doing her soundcheck in Louisville. So, she’s here and ready to go!

Over the next week some 30 local and regional bands and seven national acts are scheduled to perform.  Admission to all concerts is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin.

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The VIPP Report: Celebrating the “Rebirth” of the Russell Renaissance


(Louisville, KY) One of the most anticipated community events held in West Louisville as part of the Kentucky Derby festivities. In an exciting new community development partnership, The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) and The Slice Charities of Louisville, Inc., will host TheSlice@KCAAH, West Louisville’s official Kentucky Derby Festival Event.

It’s TheSlice-Spice, Style & Soul this Saturday, April 30, 2016. The event will begin at 6:00 pm in the Brown Forman Great Hall on the campus of the KCAAH located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. TheSlice@KCAAH runs until 9:00PM, and this year’s theme is “A Salute to the Russell Renaissance”. Our Honorary Chair is Barbara Sexton Smith, former Chief Executive Officer at Fund for the Arts.

The Historic Russell neighborhood will come alive with hundreds of people wearing beautiful bright colored dresses and some of the biggest hats you will see symbolizing that the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby is exactly one week away.

From our humble beginnings some 13 years ago with a couple of chefs making an unbelievable spread that had guests asking for more in April of 2002. Now fast-forward to 2016, the festival welcomes dozens of chefs, caterers and bakers with fantastic food and great live entertainment and wine tastings to welcome in the Derby season and tons of fellowship from old friends and you can meet a few new ones along the way.

TheSlice@KCAAH not only helps Derby fans get in a festive mood but the evening serves as a fundraiser. The net proceeds from the annual event provides support to social service and educational organizations throughout West Louisville and Portland.

If you would like to purchase a ticket for TheSlice-Spice, Style & Soul they can be purchased for $65.00 in advance-$75.00 day of the event, at Better Days Records in The Lyles Mall, JAM BUSTERS at 4906 Popular Level Road in Newburg, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, the Kentucky Derby Festival offices in Old Louisville or online

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A Natural from the Start




The VIPP Report: R. Prophet presents the KY Derby Front Runner Celebration


(Louisville, KY)  Once history is made on the track at Churchill Downs and the winner of the 142nd KY Derby received their garland of roses and takes a victory lap.  The celebration is just beginning.  Go back to your hotel, take a nap and be ready to party. Grammy-nominated artist R. Prophet presents the KY Derby Front Runner Celebration at Hard Rock at Fourth Street Live.  The party is from 10:00 pm to 2:30 am.  General is $25 per person and if you want to do it VIP style it will cost you just a little more at $50.  Donations will also be accepted for a prostate cancer research, a cause close to the multi-platinum artist heart.

Throughout the evening DJ Boom and DJ Tez will provide the music. There will be live entertainment including a performance by Prophet (formally of Nappy Roots).  He will perform live his two new singles “Twerk Contest” and “A Star” off his upcoming album The Voice!  Some of his friends while in Louisville will make an appearance so you don’t want to miss that!  Special invited celebrity guests will be announced in the coming days.

There’s potential opportunities for artists to showcase their talent.  For details call 502-582-7716.

Prophet says “I want to give guests visiting Louisville something new and fun to do while visiting our city.  Come out dress to impress and let’s toast to another great Derby and great music all in one place.  I wanted the location to be central so that it would be in walking distance for many guests and a short drive for those around the city. You need to stop by, you never know who will be there.”

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The VIPP Report: Jack Honey’s Art, Beats & Lyrics comes to Louisville


WHAT:   Art, Beats and Lyrics, the traveling art and music tour presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, is coming to Louisville. What began as a small art show in Atlanta, has grown to be one of the world’s largest tours of its kind. In its 11th year, the multi-city tour showcases some of today’s best upcoming artists, along with seasoned veterans in art and music under one roof.

Visual masterpieces will be on display from featured artists Dubelyoo, Kazilla and Diana Contreras, among many other notable names recognized globally. The event will also include appearances from national hip-hop artist Twista along with Rich Medina, DJ Wally Sparks, DJ Larmarrous and DJ Hi-Definition. Previous featured acts have included Kendrick Lamar, 8Ball and MJG, Pastor Troy and Master P. Additional details are available at


WHO:                          Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Art, Beats & Lyrics

WHEN:                        Saturday, May 7th  2016     8 p.m.

WHERE:                      The Icehouse 226 E Washington St.

MEDIA CONTACT:   VIPP Communications

MEDIA                        Visual artists, Dubelyoo, Kazilla and Diana Contreras are available for                                               media interviews upon request.

DETAILS:                   Be Fly. Drink Responsibly.  Visit us at

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The VIPP Report: It’s the Derby Takeover Part Two featuring Lil Boosie & Kevin Gates


Featuring Lil Boosie and Kevin Gates in concert

Kentucky Derby Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Louisville 

Down the Stretch with Sherlene Shanklin: There’s something to do for everyone when you come to the “Derby City” especially around the Running of the 142nd Kentucky Derby.  It appears that I will be busy announcing celebrities this year.  I’m getting a lot of calls and emails.  This event, I65 Nation is calling “Derby Takeover Part Two”.  It’s Lil Boosie and Kevin Gates in concert Friday, May 6th at the KY Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane. The Derby party and concert is from 10 pm to 3 am.

Tickets are available and general admission is $50.  If you are going to do Derby “VIP” style your ticket is $80 and if you want to be a part of the “All Access” club you can get backstage for the Meet & Greet for $200.  To purchase them go to BoosieAndGates.Com.

If you have a Kentucky Derby event, send it to me at  You can follow me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr and Instagram at Sherlenemediapro.

Down the Stretch with Sherlene Shanklin is a blog that announces and post Kentucky Derby events.  Stay tuned for additional announcements.  I will announce them on WHAS11 Noon Show on Thursdays, WLOU/104.7FM at 11:30 am each Thursday, WHAS11 GMK Saturday mornings with Tabnie Dozier, and on my social media pages.   

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The VIPP Report: With the Kentucky Derby right around the corner its an old school party on the waterfront with Rose Royce and Midnight Star


On Tuesday, April 28th Rose Royce along with Midnight Star will party the night away as part of the Kentucky Derby Festival Waterfront Jam. 

Rose Royce have been playing hits like “Car Wash” and “Wishing on a Star” for over 25 years.  The Grammy Award winning R & B and soul group will be headline the outdoor concert. 
Kentucky knew about Midnight Star well before the world knew who they were.  They formed their group at Kentucky State University in Frankfort in 1976.  It will be like a homecoming for this band.  Fans will be partying to “No Parking on the Dance Floor” and “Do It” just to name a few od their many hits. 
Admission to all of the KDF Waterfront Jam concerts are free with a 2015 Pegasus Pin. 
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