2014 Kentucky Derby Entertainment Line-Up

Posted by Jaclyn Harris on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 @ 11:03 AM

One of the best things about big sporting events like the Kentucky Derby® is that entertainers flock to perform! After all, which star or starlet wouldn’t want to talk about performing at one of the biggest horse races of the year on the next talk show they appear on? Attending the Kentucky Derby might be on your bucket list, but for Hollywood, performing at the Derby is on theirs!

The Derby is a high class event – there is security and VIP signs surrounding the celebrities everywhere at the track! So how are you supposed to meet the stars and see the exclusive live performances? Well, you have to know the right people.

Hello, we’re Derby Experiences… your people. And we’re here to let you in on the biggest 2014 Kentucky Derby secret – the entertainment line-up! Take a look at when and where the best live shows will be taking place!

Elise Testone from American Idol® performing live in the Affirmed Lounge

The Affirmed Lounge is just one of several exclusive hospitality areas open through Derby Experiences. And yes, attend the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby with access to the Affirmed Lounge and you’ll be up front and center for a live performance by American Idol’s Elise Testone!

How do you get access? With Derby Experiences Official Ticket Packages you can get VIP access into the Affirmed Lounge in-track hospitality area! Located between the Kentucky Derby Museum’s Derby Café and Oaks Garden Tent at Gate 1, you’re in a prime location to enjoy all the pre-race festivities with optimal seating in the stands when the horses head to the track.

The Affirmed Lounge is climate controlled allowing you to relax out of the Kentucky elements, and you’ll find a complimentary gourmet lunch and unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks throughout the day! Not to mention, there are private wagering stations and celebrity jockeys who will be making appearances throughout the day!

With all the coveted amenities and VIP access you’ll receive with an Official Ticket Package to the Affirmed Lounge, seeing Elise Testone perform live is the icing on the cake!

Get Access to Elise Testone's   Live Performance!

Wynonna Judd and The Big Noise performing at the Fillies & Lilies Party

Kentucky’s own five-time Grammy winner Wynonna Judd and her band The Big Noise will be performing live in the Kentucky Derby Museum after the 140th running of the Kentucky Oaks! Just let that soak in.

Now, pay close attention because there are two different ways that you can get access to Derby Experiences first annual Fillies & Lilies Party.

No. 1 – Get an Official Ticket Package that includes the invite to the Party

Similar to gaining access to Elise Testone’s performance, you can get access to see Wynonna hit the stage with an Official Party Package! This ticket package will grant you access to the Sunny’s Halo Lounge on both Oaks and Derby race days and will be your invitation in to the Fillies & Lilies Party.

The Sunny’s Halo Lounge is the brand new hospitality area that is paired with seating in the new grandstand. Here you’ll find an elevated view of the starting line and final stretch with great visibility of the happenings on the track. Not to mention, you’ll have an unparalleled view of the “big board,” the largest video board in the world! How’s that for not missing a second of the action on the track?

Inside the Sunny’s Halo Lounge you’ll also have the opportunity to meet celebrities and jockeys while enjoying a lunch buffet and complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks.

See Wynonna with the   Fillies & Lilies Party Package!

No. 2 – Get an invitation to the Fillies & Lilies Party

Already have tickets to the race or live in the area and want to attend the party? Then you’re looking for an a la carte invite to the Fillies & Lilies Party, which Derby Experiences has on deck for you!

More Details on the Fillies & Lilies Party featuring Wynonna and The Big Noise

If you’re on the fence about attending with either of the options above, prepare to be swayed as you find out why the Fillies & Lilies Party is the place to be!

With an invitation to the first annual Fillies & Lilies Party brought to you by Derby Experiences, you’ll dance the night away while Wynonna rocks the house! The party is immediately following the Kentucky Oaks, hosted in the Kentucky Derby Museum, so it’s right on site. You’ll get to mingle with some of Hollywood’s finest in an intimate setting amidst the allure of the Derby exhibits.

Plus, prepare to enjoy and open bar, complimentary heavy hors ‘doeuvres and a bourbon lounge!

Seeking even more entertainment? Magician Matthew Furman will also be in attendance to blow your mind with his incredible illusions and magic tricks! The Fillies & Lilies Party is not a night you’ll soon forget!


Go to the Fillies & Lilies Party!


It’s Kentucky Derby Time!

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get your exclusive access to see these live performances! And if you need a tiny bit more coaxing, take a look at the celebrities you could meet at the Derby this year!


Meet A-List Celebrities at the Derby

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