April 4, 2014. Louisville, KY.   – Louisville’s Hard Rock Café is hosting a ‘Thunder Throwdown’ on Monday, April 7, to help kick off Thunder week.

The event, which will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., features the release of the new 2014 co-branded Hard Rock Café and Kentucky Derby Festival Pin.  A portion of the proceeds from each limited edition pin will benefit the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation

Drink specials will be available throughout the evening, along with a signature Thunder Drink.  The night will also be highlighted by a performance from Louisvillle’s own Tayler Lynch & Six Miles South.  The band will perform some of the songs that are also part of this year’s Thunder soundtrack.

Thunder Over Louisville – the Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies – is one of nearly 70 events produced by the Kentucky Derby Festival in the spring. The 2014 Thunder Over Louisville, themed “Throwback Thunder,” is set for Saturday, April 12, and will be the 25th annual production. The show is sponsored by Horseshoe Southern Indiana, KentuckyOne Health, LG&E, Meijer, UPS, and Valero.  

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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