Cameo Presented by CareSource at Waterfront Jam

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Enjoy music by DJ Dwight Johnson before the concert.

Admission is FREE with a 2019 Pegasus Pin.

The Kentucky Derby Festival Waterfront Jam will include live music on two stages at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville featuring nearly 30 local and regional bands and 7 national acts beginning Thursday, April 25.  Admission to all concerts will be FREE with a 2019 Pegasus Pin.  Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville is open from Thursday, April 25, to Friday, May 3.  Fest-a-Ville and Chow Wagon Hours are 11 AM – 11 PM, except Sunday 12 PM – 10 PM.

The music industry. While its style and paradigm will change, over time there are some things that will remain constant. Substance might not always outshine flash but it will surely outlast it. There those are rare instances however, when the two can combine to form something absolutely unique. CAMEO is a perfect example of one of those rare instances.

Founded, produced and led by drummer and Harlem native Larry Blackmon. CAMEO made its debut via the 1977 album “Cardiac Arrest”, This album included the hits, “We’re Going Out Tonight” and “Rigormortis”. Two more albums, “We All Know Who We Are” and”Ugly Ego” helped establish CAMEO with their core audience. However, it was their fourth LP, “Secret Omen”, including the hits “I Just Want To Be” and “Sparkle”, that began the groups journey to a whole new level of popularity and earned them their first of many gold and platinum albums to come.

Between 1980 and 1985 CAMEO released 7 LPs that spawned several Billboard Top Ten hits including: “Shake Your Pants”, “Feel Me”, “Keep It Hot”, “Your Love Takes Me Out”, “Freaky Dancing”, “Alligator Woman”, “Flirt”, “Heaven Only Knows” and more. In 1984, their album, “She’s Strange” shot to number 1 on the charts in both the United States and London bringing them both pop success and critical acclaim. 1985’s “Single Life” album continued the cycle of hits with the groundbreaking singles “Attack Me With Your Love” and “Single Life” which kept people moving on dance floors everywhere.

In 1986, CAMEO released the breakthrough album “Word Up” propelling them to worldwide superstar status. The “Word Up” Album was Grammy nominated for ALBUM of the YEAR. The title song “Word Up”, went to Number # 1 on both the Pop and Black Music charts. The 2nd single from that album, titled “Candy” also went to Number# 1 on the Black Music charts. The 3rd single from the “Word Up”album,“Back & Forth”,peaked at Number # 3 on the Billboard charts.

(1987) The following year, CAMEO released the Blackmon-Produced LP “MACHISMO” (1987). This album featured an all-star array of musicians including Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Bernard Wright, Randy Breckerand Michael Brecker. It also gave BLACKMON/CAMEO the opportunity to collaborate with the extraordinary Miles Davis, on the single “In the Night”. Their 2nd single from that album, “Skin I’m In” was praised both musically and as a social commentary which speaks to many issues that are still prevalent in society today. 1987 was also marked by CAMEO receiving the “American Music Award” for “Favorite Group” in the”Soul / R&B” Category. CAMEO was the opening act for the first ever “Soul Train Music Awards” in 1987 taking home 2 awards that night in the process, for “Best Single / Group” and “Album Of The Year”.