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    The headlining entertainer of The Julep, formerly known as the Julep Ball, will be country music star, Rodney Atkins.  You may know Rodney Atkins for his country music hits such as "Farmer's Daughter" and "Take a Back Road." Paul Gish, co-chair of the volunteer committee that helps organize The Julep, said, “We are so excited to have Rodney Atkins provide the entertainment at The Julep this year. This event has a long and rich tradition as one of Louisville’s premiere Derby Eve events. Having Rodney Atkins perform at the event only enhances that heritage.”

    The Julep is a Kentucky Derby Eve party that is hosted the evening of the Oaks, May 4th this year.  Individual dinner tickets are $500 each ($400 tax-deductible) and available in tables of 10 for $5,000 ($4,000 tax-deductible).  There are tickets available strictly for the dance portion of the event for $100 each.  Proceeds from this event benefit the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville.  This event, presented by Brown-Forman, has raised over $2 million to the cancer center since The Julep's inception. 

    Tickets are available online or you may contact Andrea Tankersley at (502) 562-8021 or

    Photos: courtesy of Rodney Atkins' website and The Julep

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    Anna Blanton holds a Bachelors of Arts in Music (violin) and a Minor in Marketing from the University of Louisville. Anna currently plays with the Paducah Symphony, Southern Sirens, and The Porch Possums. She is also organizes the backup string section for the Beatles festival, Abbey Road on the River.

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