What A Gathering For Alternative Radio In Louisville
June 22, 2016 at 3:59 AM (PT)
Approximately 200 folks checked in for THE GATHERING ALONG THE WHISKEY TRAIL in LOUISVILLE last week from JUNE 15th through JUNE 17th for the inaugural three-day music industry event with 15 music showcases catering to the Alternative format.
CHURCHILL DOWNS was the site of the THE GATHERING KICK OFF PARTY sponsored by HOLLYWOOD RECORDS. Mock Horse Racing was sponsored by DANGERBIRD RECORDS and renowned CHURCHILL DOWNS bugler STEVE BUTTLEMAN, who played the official call to post time. CAPITOL artist THE BROODS concluded the CHURCHILL DOWN festivities with a performance. THE GATHERING continued back at the THE BROWN HOTEL with a LATE NIGHT LOUNGE sponsored by REPUBLIC RECORDS.
Day two began with a GRAND SLAM SOFTBALL game, sponsored by CONCORD MUSIC GROUP and managed by CBS RADIO's KITS (LIVE 105)/SAN FRANCISCO APD/MD AARON AXELSEN. Following the morning ballgame was lunch and bourbon tasting at BARTON 1792 DISTILLERY, sponsored by SONY/RED with a performance by THE BRINKS. COPPER & KINGS DISTILLERY was the venue for a evening of dinner, music, and more adult beverages, sponsored by 300 ENTERTAINMENT. The lineup featured performances from COBI (300), 888 (7S), THE MOTH & THE FLAME (7S), BRONZE RADIO RETURN (DIGSIN), HUNGER (1ST PRODUCTION/CO5), FAME RIOT (ANOTHER CENTURY), and THE UNLIKELY CANDIDATES (CO5).
Day three began at AGAINST THE GRAIN BREWERY with lunch sponsored by STRANGE LOOP and The History Of Bourbon Through Bluegrass Music. Cocktails and dinner was back at THE BROWN HOTEL, sponsored by eONE with a performance by STRANGE LOOP artist THE ARKELLS. The music continued down the street at the MERCURY BALLROOM with TEAMMMATE (ROSTRUM), MONA (BRIGHT ANTENNA), IRON TOM (RM64), BEWARE OF DARKNESS, (BRIGHT ANTENNA), and AWOLNATION (RED BULL).
Congratulations to everyone who helped get THE GATHERING off the ground. Special thanks to CO5 MUSIC's TODD SIEVERS, TRACY BROWN, BEBOP HOPEL, PATTI MARTIN, LIDA GALKA, JENN SLIGH, DREW MURRAY, MICHAEL STEELE, MX2 MEDIA's MIKE PARRISH and MIKE BACON, and BLACK DOG MUSIC MARKETING's EDIE LUNDEEN for a very well-organized and well-attended first year for THE GATHERING.
ALL ACCESS Alternative Editor SHAWN ALEXANDER joined the following radio peeps in LOUISVILLE: KIM NEATON, WEQX/ALBANY; ALY YOUNG, WRDA (RADIO 105.7)/ATLANTA; JIM KURDZIEL, WEDG/BUFFALO; AARON ZYTLE, KRXP/COLORADO SPRINGS; DENT, WZDA/DAYTON; NERF, KTCL/DENVER; SHELBY TAYLOR-THORN, KMAX (94.3 THE X)/FT. COLLINS; KEVIN MANGAN, WHHZ (100.5 THE BUZZ)/GAINESVILLE; LAZLO, KRBZ (96.5 THE BUZZ)/KANSAS CITY; JERINEY, KRBZ (96.5 THE BUZZ)/KANSAS CITY; REID MATTHEWS, KRBZ (96.5 THE BUZZ)/KANSAS CITY; JONATHAN PIRKLE, WNFZ (94Z)/KNOXVILLE; ROSS MAHONEY, KXTE (X107.5)/LAS VEGAS; MIKE KAPLAN, KYSR (ALT 98.7)/LOS ANGELES; TOBI, KYSR (ALT 98.7)/LOS ANGELES; CHRIS MUCKLEY, KCRW/LOS ANGELES / SIRIUSXMU; KYLE MEREDITH, WFPK/LOUISVILLE; RON "CRASH" KISSELL, WKZQ/MYRTLE BEACH; ZIGZ, WBUZ (102.9 THE BUZZ)/NASHVILLE; JOHN BOYLE, WZRH (106.1 THE UNDERGROUND)/NEW ORLEANS; CHRIS PAYNE, KRZQ/RENO; AARON AXELSEN, KITS (LIVE 105)/SAN FRANCISCO; SPAM, WSFS (104.3 THE SHARK)/MIAMI; JAMES MACLEOD, CFNY (102.1 THE EDGE)/TORONTO; and free agent PETE MCNAIR.
Below is the opening night CHURCHILL DOWNS grandstand group photo. If you are lucky enough to be able to identify everyone in pic below, contact SHAWN ALEXANDER to claim your prize.