February 24, 2014. Louisville, KY.   – The Kentucky Derby Festival is teaming up with Laura’s Lean Beef to bring music fans the Waterfront Jam this spring.  The Waterfront Jam presented by Laura’s Lean Beef will feature The Fray with The Mowgli’s in concert on Thursday, May 1, and Scotty McCreery with special guest Cassadee Pope, and Steve Holy on Friday, May 2.  Both ticketed shows will be held at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront.  Tickets are $22.50 in advance per show and go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday, February 28th.

“Laura’s Lean Beef is proud to partner with the Kentucky Derby Festival to bring the Waterfront Jam to Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville,” said Don Marquess, Vice President, Marketing, Meyer Natural Foods. “As a Kentucky Proud business, we know and understand what the Kentucky Derby Festival means to the people of the state and are excited to bring these concerts to the Festival.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Laura’s Lean Beef to the Festival family,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO.  “We pride ourselves on providing quality entertainment for our fans and the support of corporate partners like this helps us continue to do just that, year after year.”

The Fray releases their fourth album Helios tomorrow.  The Denver-based foursome formed in 2002 after two of the band members, also high school friends, bumped into each other a local guitar shop.  Their 2005 debut featured the hit singles “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life,” which went double platinum.  Alternative rock band The Mowgli’s will open the show.  102.3 The Max is a contributing sponsor of The Fray concert on Thursday, May 1.  The show starts at 8 PM.

Scotty McCreery is one of country’s hottest new stars with album sales topping 1.6 milllion, including a platinum selling debut that made BillBoard history and helped him win several new artist awards.  He’ll be joined by Cassadee Pope, winner of The Voice Season 3. Pope just released her first country album “Frame by Frame.” Singer/songwriter Steve Holy, who’s topped country music charts since his smash hit “Good Morning Beautiful,” will open the show.  97.5 WAMZ is a contributing sponsor of the concert.  The show starts at 6:30 PM.

Advance tickets are $22.50 per show through April 9, and $32.50 beginning April 10. They can be purchased online at www.kdf.org or by calling the Derby Festival Concert Hotline 1-866-636-0068.

Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.  It entertains more than 1.5 million people in a two- week period and has a local economic impact of more than $127 million.  This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.