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On Derby Eve, the KFC Yum! Center becomes the ‘Love Shack’

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On Derby Eve, the KFC Yum! Center becomes the ‘Love Shack’

B-52s headline The Julep Ball as it expands into new venue; event benefits the James Graham Brown Cancer Center

The “Love Shack” is coming to Louisville, setting up on Derby Eve at the KFC Yum! Center.

That’s when the World’s Greatest Party Band, the B-52s, will perform at The Julep Ball, the premiere Derby Eve Party with a Purpose, being held in the Yum! Center for the first time.

The fun starts with a 6:30 p.m. cocktail hour on Friday, May 3. Dinner will take place on the main floor at 8 p.m. followed by a live auction. The B-52s will take the stage at 10 p.m.

The Julep Ball makes its move to the Yum! Center for the first time this year to take advantage of the venue’s cutting-edge technical and staging capabilities. “As the event has grown over the years, we realized we wanted to feature bigger entertainment, and the Yum! Center is the venue that can best showcase all the events and entertainment that make up The Julep Ball,” said Michael Neumann, associate director for special projects in the Office of Development at the UofL Health Sciences Center.

As big a party as The Julep Ball is, it has an even bigger purpose: to support the clinicians, researchers and patients of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville.

“Kentucky is a beautiful state, a wonderful state, but we still have a major problem with cancer in Kentucky,” Donald Miller, M.D., director of the Brown Cancer Center, said. “Supporters of The Julep Ball help us advance the war on cancer and better meet the needs of our patients and their families. We cannot thank our volunteers and supporters enough for what they help make possible.”

The 2013 Julep Ball will again feature all the fun and excitement of past years – with a few new surprises being planned. Organizers said the attire will be “decidedly more relaxed” this year –party-goers should come dressed ready to party in cocktail attire, which means attendees are welcome to come straight from the track.

Local and national business leaders, horse industry professionals and celebrities from sports, music, cinema and television again will be on hand; already scheduled to attend are “Big Brother” contestants Janelle Pierzina, Mike “Boogie” Malin, Kara Monaco, Frank Eudy and Louisville’s own Wil Heuser. The celebrity red carpet entrance will return, as will dancing until the wee hours of Saturday morning following the B-52s concert. Special moments of The Julep Ball again will come when the scientists and patients at the forefront of cancer treatment and delivery are honored and saluted for their efforts.

The event is already about halfway sold out, Neumann said, so party-goers should get their tickets now. The full evening’s entertainment is $500 per person while dance-only tickets are $150 per person. For further information and to buy tickets, go to The Julep Ball website,

The Julep Ball is sponsored in part by Brown-Forman, Power Creative, Kroger, LG&E, Ingrid Design, Raymond E. and Eleanor H. Loyd, Hilliard Lyons, KentuckyOne Health, Tafel Motors, Advanced Electrical Systems, Montgomery Chevrolet, AT&T Kentucky, BKD, Republic Bank, Stites & Harbison and Publishers Printing. Media partners are Louisville Magazine, NFocus, the Voice-Tribune, WHAS11 and 102.3 The Max.

About the B-52s:

It is well known that the B-52s are the World’s Greatest Party Band. And after 30 years and over 20 million albums sold, there can be no doubt as to why The B-52s remain among the most beloved rock stars ever. Any mystery concerning the longevity and ongoing appeal of the band is immediately solved when exposed to a unique B-52s concert experience. From the timeless gems of “Rock Lobster,” “Planet Claire” and “Private Idaho” to the more recent classics “Channel Z,” “Love Shack” and “Roam,” the B-52s’ unforgettable dance-rock tunes start a party every time their music begins.

Formed on an October night in 1976 following drinks at an Athens, Ga., Chinese restaurant, the band played its first gig at a friend’s house on Valentine’s Day 1977. Soon after, the B-52s began to galvanize the pop world with their stream-of-consciousness approach to songwriting and outrageous performance. They had clearly tapped into a growing audience for new music that was much larger than anyone could have anticipated. As the B-52s continue to take their party-music revolution into the 21st century the band shows no signs of slowing down, serving up its own unique blend of music and showmanship to millions of fans around the world.

About the James Graham Brown Cancer Center:

The James Graham Brown Cancer Center is a key component of the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center. As part of the region's leading academic, research and teaching health center, the cancer center provides the latest medical advances to patients, often long before they become available in non-teaching settings. The JGBCC is affiliated with the Kentucky Cancer Program and the University of Louisville Hospital. It is the only cancer center in the region to use a unified approach to cancer care, with multidisciplinary teams of physicians working together to guide patients through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. For more information, visit our web site,


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