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Churchill Downs To Host Music Festival

Churchill Downs will be the site of a three-day music festival next summer featuring more than 60 acts.Officials say the event, called theHullabaLOU Music Festival , will be held July 23 through 25 and will be headlined by Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney and the Dave Matthews band.                          

It's the first event organized by the newly created Churchill Downs Entertainment Group, which has hired Quint Davis as consulting producer. Davis, producer/director of the annual New Orleans Jazz Fest, says the Louisville festival will have an eclectic lineup"Down in New Orleans, we'd say 'if you don't like nothin' we have, you just don't like nothin.'   There has to be someone's favorite band on this festival somewhere," Davis said.Other artists confirmed for the festival include Sam Bush,  Steppenwolf and the Black Crowes.Churchill Downs has hosted large concerts in recent years to augment its horse racing income.(Photo of the Dave Matthews Band from www.hullabaloufest.com)

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.