The City of Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism Commission is proud to announce the events it is sponsoring during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. “We are very excited that the World is coming to Central Kentucky,” said Tourism Director Joy Jeffries. “Frankfort is such an incredible, historic location and we can’t wait to show it off to all of our visitors. The rich tapestry of our buildings, politics, and history that surrounds Frankfort, will be shown in all its splendor.”
“To that end, we have events scheduled throughout the weeks of the World Equestrian Games at all our historic properties. Today, we are announcing the events to take place on Saturday, October 2, 2010, what we are calling Capitalpalooza. Beginning at 10:00 a.m., we will have Kids’ Fest for kids of all ages. There will be games and events for children to participate. Then beginning at 11:50 a.m., the bands kick off and we will have 6 bands playing back to back, until 7:30, when the Del McCoury Band takes the stage at the historic Grand Theatre on St. Clair Street in downtown Frankfort. All events will take place at the grounds of the Old Capitol, right in the heart of the city.”
“We think we have struck the right balance between the visitors we know who will be coming to Frankfort, our citizens here in the County, and the budget we had to work with,” said Events Committee Chair, Doug Howard. “The Events Committee has been meeting for a year to discuss ideas and decide on the events we would sponsor. We wanted to do something a little different, and we tried to have something for everyone. The events set for Saturday, October 2, 2010, promise to engage everyone and welcome visitors to Frankfort.”
Franklin County Judge Executive, Ted Collins, is also looking forward to the World Equestrian Games being hosted in Lexington, Kentucky. “Capitalpalooza offers an opportunity for Frankfort and Franklin County to show off and receive some very positive and well-deserved, international exposure. Our family-friendly, historic Capital City with its rolling green fields along the Kentucky River and Elkhorn Creek are certain to make a lasting impression on those visiting us from other countries,” said Judge Collins.
“I’m sure our visitors will also enjoy true Kentucky hospitality at our fine hotels and restaurants along with leisurely strolls through some of our unique retail stores and local museums. From tourism and an economic development standpoint, we stand to benefit not only from the economic impact of this event but also from those who experience our charm and culture and spread the word on an international level. I believe that makes this a winning proposition for Franklin County across the board and we know all of our visitors will want to come back and visit again,” said Judge Collins.
“The City of Frankfort is grateful to the Frankfort Tourist Commission, The Events Committee, and other numerous volunteers for their commitment in preparing our city to serve as a hospitable host to visitors from afar and our local citizens as well,” said Frankfort Mayor Gippy Graham. “We look forward to the events set for Capitalpalooza and to welcome the world to this great state of ours.”
The bands playing for Capitalpalooza 2010 are as follows: (see attached bios)
11:50 – Stir Fry
1:10 – Here for the Party Band
2:30 – Equinox
3:50 –Sacre Bleu
5:10 – Jazmine Brook Band
6:30 – No Tools Loaned
For a complete listing of all events taking place in Frankfort during the World Equestrian Games, please check out www.VisitFrankfort.com.
Stirfry is a musical group made up of Joanna Hay (violin and mandolin), Jeff Ellis (guitars),Ben Griffith (accordion and upright bass) and Bill May (drums and percussion). They play an eclectic mix of gypsy jazz, Celtic, Latin and originals. These musicians have each had varied musical careers, playing in a myriad of bands in performances throughout the U.S., the U.K. and Japan. They bring a virtuosic style to world music and their own compositions. Special guests often join the fun including Jeff’s Austin, Texas-based sons, Jordon and Jaret on percussion.
Stirfry produced a CD called “A World So Small" in 2007, which has had radio play on public radio stations and has been met with rave reviews!
Stirfry can be heard regularly in central Kentucky, Louisville and Lexington. In 2008 they played on the Governor’s Derby Train, entertaining Derby guests from Downtown Frankfort to Churchill Downs and back! In celebration of the 2010 Kentucky Derby, Stirfry played the Derby Eve Gala at the Governor's Mansion.
Here for the Party Band
The Here for the Party Band grew out of the Lexington Area jams hosted at several different venues. As we played together week after week, the music got tighter and tighter and broke out of the all 12 bar blues structure. The Party Band will play its share of blues but throws in a bit of rock, R&B, country, and a few original instrumentals. The Party consists of Lindsay Olive on guitar, Sam Kruer on bass, Ron Salmon on drums, Jonathan Keeler on keys and vocals, Laura Keeler on vocals, and David Harrod on harmonica and vocals.
Because of the origin of our group, you may see some people come in a gig as guests. Believe me these folks are very familiar guests and have played with us many times. Veteran horn players Reed Harrod and Skeets Pennington are some of our most frequent and popular additions.
Once upon a time, the best bands in history gave us the best songs ever; and a handful of teenage rockers in the Midwest embraced the music that would inspire generations. Reunited after 30 years, Equinox continues to carry the banner of classic rock, bringing the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Journey, Kansas, Styx, Boston, The Who, Skynyrd, Grand Funk Railroad, Foreigner, Queen & many others to fans young and old.
MEMBERS: Bryan Phillips (drums), Lee Cowherd (bass/vocals), Jeff Penn (guitar/vocals), Mark Girkey (guitar/lead vocals), Jill Coffman (Lead vocals), Adriel Harrod (keys)
GENRE: Classic Rock
HOMETOWN: Frankfort, KY
Take a heap of “Blues” mix in a mess of crawfish and a whole lot of Gumbo and you'll get the spicy sounds of “Sacre Bleu.” Sliding in from the bayous of Central Kentucky and playing everything from the down and dirty "Blues" sounds of southern Chicago to the red hot swampy sounds of southwestern Louisiana Sacre Bleu will get you "outta yo' seat and on to yo' feet." "Hurricane" Harris Howard and “Big Bob”Allen play mean lead and slide guitars "Honest Gene" Taylor and “The Drummer "Bill Lynch provide the throbbing rhythms that will have you moving, grooving and reaching for another cold one! Whether it's straight blues you want or that little extra Louisiana spice you crave, Sacre Blue will hit the spot and leave you wanting more.
They are 3 time finalists in the Louisville, Kentucky based Kentuckiana Blues Society’s Best Unsigned Blues Band Competition. They have shared the stage with bands such as Big Al & The Heavyweights, Sherman Robertson, and Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater. They have also been featured artists on WRVG-FM radio in Georgetown, Kentucky.
Jazmine Brooke Band
The Jazmine Brooke Band is the hottest country band in this area with the lead singer having over 150 performances since the age of 13. She has been a part of the Nashville performers at the world famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge in Nashville since 2008. In the past she has performed at the 2007 Kentucky Derby on the Fest-A-Villa Stage opening up for country star Joe Nichols; and has opened up for Chris Knight. The band consists of 5 members, drums, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass and vocals, with all members in their 20's with the exception of the lead singer whom is 19. It's not your typical country band. This band will bring a Nashville type show including Top 40 country, classic country, some classic rock and a few surprises in between. The Jazmine Brooke Band is known for having a lot of drive to their music which creates a sound not heard in this area for a country band. ”. Most recently the Jazmine Brooke Band could have been spotted in Nashville, performing at Rippy’s Restaurant and Bar and also performing at Tootsies for a pre-party leading up to the Music City Bowl Game on December 27, 2009. The band returned to Nashville to perform two shows during the SEC Tournament in March 2010. You can obtain more information on the Jazmine Brooke Band by visiting our Web site at www.myspace.com/jazminebrooke and by becoming a fan of the Jazmine Brooke Band on facebook. If you’re interested in booking the band, contact Capital City Promotions at 502-418-4708.
No Tools Loaned
From the bluegrass state of Kentucky, comes a fresh new approach to Bluegrass Music. Supported by a group of accomplished musicians and songwriters, ‘No Tools Loaned’ is a well-oiled-machine when it comes to the acoustic music arena.
The bluegrass band ‘No Tools Loaned’ (A.K.A NTL) appeared on the music scene around the turn of the 21st century. Since that time, they have polished their craft into a masterpiece of team work and originality.
The band appears frequently at popular bluegrass/folk festivals in and around Kentucky and adjoining states. NTL has been performing since the year 2000, and is one of the area's premier bluegrass bands. Their unique mix of original songs, hot new bluegrass tunes, classic rock and folk ballads, and western swing numbers puts a fresh face on the traditional bluegrass sound.
A review in the May issue of Bluegrass Unlimited on ‘No Tools Loaned’ stated:
‘This Frankfort, Kentucky-based bluegrass band has a style that is uniquely ‘No Tools Loaned’. Combining classic bluegrass standards with some unique and intriguing original songs, “No Tools Loaned” has something for everyone to enjoy’.