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Friday, May 25, 2012 - 12am
|Gates Open||First Post||Last Post||Admission|
|1:30p||2:45p||7:54p||$3 / $10 after 7 p.m.|
Paddock Concert Series
Nationally known artists are featured every Friday, May 11 - May 25 in the intimate setting of the historic Churchill Downs Paddock. On May 25, The Black Lillies will take the stage with their unique blend of country, roots and blues.
Admission gates will open at 1:30 p.m. and the first race will be 2:45 p.m. ET. Happy Hour drink specials include $3 Stella Draft Beer from 4 - 7 p.m. in the paddock area.
The featured performance is expected around 8:15 p.m. and each postrace concert will last approximately 90 minutes. The first 850 people in attendance for the concert will be allowed access into the saddling paddock to watch the concert up close in a VIP Watch Area free of charge.
The Black Lillies -
Though The Black Lillies have only been together for two years, it hasn’t taken them long to make their mark on the national Americana scene. They kicked off their first national tour at the Ryman Auditorium, the “mother church of country music,” and have since completed three more cross-country treks. In December, they were featured on the nationally broadcast National Public Radio program Mountain Stage, and the current season of PBS Television’s “Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s” features two Black Lillies episodes. The band is in high demand at music festivals ranging from Bristol’s Rhythm & Roots Reunion to Bonnaroo Music + Arts, Pickathon, Four Corners Folk Festival, and the Americana Music Association Festival. This past June, they became one of the first independent acts to be invited to play the Grand Ole Opry – and then made history by being the only independent act to be invited back two more times within a three month period. Click here to visit their website.
The Bluegrass Art Experience is a family-friendly, multifaceted arts festival offering a unique environment to showcase the vast variety of artistic expression being created in Kentucky and the surrounding region. Designed to entertain as well as enlighten, this event, free with paid general admission of $3 to Churchill Downs, will also be used as a platform to raise money and create public awareness of several nonprofit charities including Home of the Innocents and Habitat for Humanity. The Bluegrass Art Experience is open from 1 - 6 p.m. ET in the infield.