Bon Jovi, Chesney, Matthews, etc. hitting the track

December 2, 2009
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After a series of successful headliner concerts featuring the Rolling Stones (in 2006) and The Police (in 2007), Churchill Downs in Louisville has announced that, on July 23-25 of 2010, it will present the new HullabaLOU Music Festival featuring Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Loretta Lynn and The Dave Matthews Band.

Impressed by the lineup?

Add in performances by Al Green, The Steve Miller Band and Gladys Knight.

Ready to head down 65 now?

Let's keep going: Also on the bill are The Doobie Brothers, Dwight Yoakam, Colbie Caillat, Steppenwolf, The Black Crowes, Kansas, B52s, Richard Marx, Joan Osborne, Jason Aldean, Michael McDonald, Kansas and 38 Special.

And there's more. For a complete lineup, click here (but be patient, the Website was being uncooperative Wednesday morning). Tickets go on sale Dec. 4.

The event is the creation of the newly formed Churchill Downs Entertainment Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Churchill Downs Incorporated. According to CDE President Steve Sexton, "CDE plans to introduce a variety of live entertainment concepts that provide exciting and innovative entertainment options for our customers and that fit with our management team’s core competencies, including the operation and monetization of large-scale, live events.”

Any two of these bands would be a better show than we've seen at our local racinos.

So should our racetracks consider adding more live music to the mix? Would that get you out to Hoosier Park or Indiana Live!

Your thoughts?

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  • It would be negligent for the local racinos not to explore this option. I mean you have a huge grandstand that is not fully utilized. You have a casino with plenty of parking and restaurants. It seems a perfect fit for the racinos to try. They need to diversify their income and come up with alternative ideas to make them successful.
  • Grandstands
    I think the grandstands at both Indiana Downs and Hoosier Park are enclosed so those facilities are really not conducive to a concert. But both venues will need to schedule acts, concerts and events to stay competitive as KY and OH add gambling.

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