March 4, 2015 Louisville, KY.  – One of the funkiest bands around, Rose Royce, will perform at Kentucky Derby Festival’s Waterfront Jam Presented by the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign.  Party band, Midnight Star, will also take the stage for the FREE concert set for 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville.  Admission is free with a 2015 Pegasus Pin.

Los Angeles based American soul and R&B group Rose Royce is currently working on a new CD to be released this year.  In their 25-year recording history the Grammy Award Winning and Multi Platinum selling group has sold millions of albums. They’re best known for several hit singles including “Car Wash,” “I Wanna Get Next to You,” and “I’m Going Down.”  Many artists have covered or sampled their hit songs such as “Wishing on a Star“, and “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore.”

After a lengthy sabbatical, Midnight Star is back with hit grooves and melodies that rock the house. Formed at Kentucky State University in 1976, the group began as a self-contained party band in the P-Funk/ Earth Wind and Fire mode, and quickly earned a strong reputation around the world.  The group scored several times on the charts during the mid-’80s, led by their double-platinum album “No Parking on the Dance Floor” in 1983. Other hits include “Don’t Rock the Boat,” “Snake in the Grass” and “Do It (One More Time).”

The concert is sponsored by the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign and Miller Lite, along with Media Sponsors B96.5 FM and MAGIC 101.3.

The Kentucky Derby Festival Waterfront Jam Presented by the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign will include live music on two stages at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville featuring over 30 local and regional bands and 7 national acts beginning Thursday, April 23.  Admission to all concerts will be FREE with a 2015 Pegasus Pin.  Details of all the concert acts will be released in the coming weeks. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville is open from Thursday, April 23, to Friday, May 1.  Fest-a-Ville and Chow Wagon Hours are 11 AM – 11 PM, except Sunday 12 PM – 11 PM.

About the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign: The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers is a non-profit organization that seeks to prevent drunk driving by promoting the use of safe and sober designated drivers. It was established in memory of Navy Ensign John Elliott of New Jersey, who was killed by a drunken driver in July 2000, two months after graduating with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

About Kentucky Derby Festival: 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. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

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