Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, an acclaimed jazz group, will play at the Spotlight Lexington Festival, the city's downtown celebration of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Trombone Shorty will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 on the main stage at Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, one of a host of performances during the two-week span.
Mayor Jim Newberry also announced two more sponsors for the festival: Brown-Forman and Pfizer Animal Health. "All Spotlight Lexington events are free because of the support of these and other sponsors," Newberry said. "We greatly appreciate their support."
St. Joseph Hospital is the lead sponsor of the festival.
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Brown-Forman is providing a $60,000 cash sponsorship. Pfizer is providing a $25,000 title sponsorship for the Main Stage, which will be on Barr Street.
A jumbo screen with a live feed from the Kentucky Horse Park will be on the CentrePointe lot so people can watch the competitions as they occur.
Newberry added to the list of regional groups that will perform during Spotlight, announcing performances by Robbie Bartlett, a classic R&B artist who will perform Sept. 26 in Cheapside Park, and the Jimmy Church Band, which will perform Oct. 5 on the Main Stage.
■ Alltech, the lead sponsor of the Games, is planning a door-to-door campaign to give people more information about the event, which is Sept. 25 to Oct. 10.
Spokesman Billy Frey said volunteers will be dropping off leaflets at houses in Fayette and surrounding counties to tell people about all the activities outside of the equestrian competition, such as pavilions devoted to Kentucky's arts, crafts and tourism, a huge shopping area and an Equine Village that showcases different breeds.
Frey said they hope to reach hundreds of thousands of people.
■ In addition, Alltech is hosting a contest for the best video advertising the Games. The video must be no more than 90 seconds long and must reference the correct name of the event: Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
The video must incorporate the dates of the Games, Sept, 25 to Oct. 10, and the official Games Web site, Alltechfeigames.com. Advertising pitches with a call to action must be clearly conveyed in the video, such as "order tickets at 1-888-934-2010 or Alltechfeigames.com/tickets."
Videos should be uploaded to YouTube with an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org that contains a link to the video.
The winner will be determined by the number of views a video receives. The prize is two tickets to the opening ceremony of the Games, two hospitality passes for the opening ceremonies and $1,000.
The Film Star Contest can be found by visiting Alltech's YouTube channel: Youtube.com/alltechexperience. For further contest rules and regulations, go to Alltech.com/en_US/Pages/youtubecontest.aspx.
■ The Spotlight Lexington Festival and Bluegrass Hospitality Association have added a protocol and service session for restaurants and businesses in anticipation of the Games. It will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the private dining room at Portofino, 249 East Main Street. People may register for this session at Bluegrasshospitality.org.
■ The United States Equestrian Federation has named the short list of riders and their mounts for the show jumping team at the Games.
Participants and their ranked order are:
McLain Ward, 34, of Brewster, N.Y., riding Sapphire (first). Ward also will be riding Rothchild (eighth).
Laura Kraut, 44, of Middleburg, Va., riding Cedric (second).
Lauren Hough, 32, of Wellington, Fla., riding Quick Study (third).
Mario Deslauriers, 44 of New York, riding Urico (fourth).
Candice King, 39, of Wellington, Fla., riding Skara Glen's Davos (fifth).
Richard Spooner, 39, of Agua Dulce, Calif., riding Cristallo (sixth).
Rich Fellers, 50, of Wilsonville, Ore., riding Flexible (seventh).
Beezie Madden, 46, of Cazenovia, N.Y., riding Mademoiselle (ninth).
Cara Raether, 30 of North Palm Beach, Fla., riding Ublesco (10th).