After this presentation Rodney Atkins’ band performed for an hour. They put on a great show and the audience ate it up. He gave Jenna his guitar pick right in the middle of a song. He seemed to have a couple picks on his microphone that he was giving out to people. Unlike some other country artists, *cough Taylor Swift, Rodney Atkins was phenomenal live and sounded just as good as any of his recordings. As a music geek I was checking out the guitarist’s pedal board. He seemed to have a couple things going for him. After they finished playing the auction closed and the stage got setup for DJ Brendan Fallis and Angie Johnson.
The auction lounge was also very well decorated with a pink glow for cancer awareness and VIP white couches. The auction items seemed to do well. Many of the items ranging from UofL sport items to race photos and artwork were going for more than $600 and some double that.
After the auction ended Angie performed a couple cover songs like Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”, which the Pat Patrick Band also happened to play earlier that night. I actually think the singer in the Pat Patrick Band did a better rendition. Grant it she also had a full live band backing her up. Angie was accompanied by a recording. She looked a bit odd being on stage all by herself without a backup band. It would have been neat to have some of the Pat Patrick Band members backing her up. She sang well and that was all that mattered in the end. There were people dancing, although not as many as Rodney Atkin’s had, but people seemed to enjoy it.
When Angie finished singing White Castles and Coco’s Confectionz were served. I saw Christian Siriano snag one of those White Castles too. These seemed to be a hit with everyone. I grabbed two cake pops myself. They were mouth watering. At the same time DJ Brendan Fallis got some good beats going and everyone danced the night away. I guess we will find out today which celebrities know how to pick their race horse. It was a fun, successful event that everyone seemed to enjoy.
Photos: courtesy of Anna Blanton and Jenna Rae
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