The C-J has a longish story on the cancellation of the HullabaLOU Festival but the short answer remains the same: the event lost in excess of $5 million and that was too steep for Churchill Downs to consider repeating the festival . The executive in charge of the entertainment division , Steve Sexton, also lost his job.
To no one’s surprise, Churchill Downs has scrapped plans for a 2011 HullabaLOU and likely even further out. The 2010 festival lost a cool five million dollars. Page One has the story.
Bare skin wasn’t the only thing gone red after the HullabaLOU Festival – Churchill Downs lost a not-so-cool $5 million dollars on the project, according to the C-J. Apparently, the Downs is not deterred by the loss, even though it was double the expected loss, as they are already planning for next year.
LMN has a few intrepid reporters braving the heat and the masses and we’ll have some reports back whenever they recover enough to right them. If you are going, be sure to stay hydrated and slather your body in sunblock, say about a 50.
Over at ye neo LEO, Ric Mattingly has a phoner with NRBQ’s Terry Adams, who will play HullabaLOU this weekend with his new band, the Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet. Additionally, someone named Alan Sculley has a phoner/previewfor the EXPO 5 show on July 27, which features Mayday Parade.
As usual, Velocity’s print content is not yet available on line, but the main feature this week is a story about the effect of Ear X-tacy’s move on the surrounding businesses on Bardstown Road.
Over at the C-J, music editor J. L. Puckett is working overtime this month; first, there was all the coverage around Forecastle Fest and now it’s time for HullabaLOU at Churchill Downs. The opening salvo from the C-J is a lengthy story about how the festival came into existence. It’s worth a read, if for no other reason to illustrate why big festivals take big money, planning and expertise to pull off.
Apparently, not everybody in the country is clued into the “Louisville sucks” attitude so apparent around town. Check out this little blurb about HullabaLOU.
More acts have been added to the HullabaLOU lineup. In addition to Dierks Bentley, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Ben Folds, Train and The Avett Brothers, Justin Moore, Tonic, Rick BartlettÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s RockinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Soul Revival, Exile, Green River Ordinance, Brigid Kaelin, Hazel Miller, J.D. Shelburne, Stealing Angels and LouisvilleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own Villebillies have also made the list. The ever-lengthening list is available at www.hullabaloufest.com/
That’s all the music news from Gannett’s Louisville Profit Center for this week.