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Entertainment lineup announced for World Equestrian Games pre-festival

Officials in Central Kentucky make a big announcement about the festival surrounding the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

Lexington mayor Jim Newberry announced the entertainers and performers scheduled for "Spotlight Lexington."

One of those performers, Laura Bell Bundy, was on hand for the announcement.

In addition to Bundy, the committee has also booked J.D. Crowe and the New South, Lula Washington Dance Theater, the Lexington Singers and the River City Drum Corps among others.

Spotlight Lexington will be a 17 day festival held at several venues downtown.

Here is a full list of those scheduled to perform:

* Award-winning J.D. Crowe and the New South on Friday, Oct. 8. Crowe, a Lexington native, is one of the nation's most influential, progressive Bluegrass musicians.
* Lula Washington Dance Theater and the River City Drum Corps on Oct. 9. The dance company, based in Los Angeles, is one of the most admired African American, contemporary dance companies in the nation. Accompanying the dance company is the River City Drum Corps, one of Kentucky's premier youth organizations. The Louisville-based Corps, which performed at a recent Roots and Heritage Festival, combines traditional African Drumming and percussive music into an exciting performance.
* Lexington's outstanding community choir, the Lexington Singers, on Sept. 30, performing "A Bluegrass Tapestry." Councilmember Doug Martin, also a member of Lexington Singers, said Bluegrass Tapestry is an inspired work that evokes Kentucky, Appalachia and joins forces with photographer James Archambeault.

All Spotlight Lexington events will be free and open to the public. Performances will take place at one of three locations downtown, the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, Triangle Park or Cheapside Park. The 17-day festival will be in full swing each evening and all three weekends between Sept. 24 and Oct. 10, the final day of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Spotlight Lexington begins one day before the Games officially open on Sept. 25.

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