Louisville Slugger Field was honored by USA Today last week for being one of the ten great places for a baseball pilgrimage:
Built on the banks of the Ohio River, this home to the Triple-A Louisville Bats is fronted by a restored 19th-century rail depot that serves as its main entrance and incorporates shops and restaurants. “Depending on where you sit, you can glimpse the downtown skyline or the cantilevered bridge that spans the river to Indiana,” Knight says. Perks include a children’s play area in right field and a continuous concourse that surrounds the field.
Niiiice. I also hear Aroldis Chapman, the Cubano defector who signed a $30 million deal with the Reds, has been assigned to the Bats. He’s scheduled to pitch here on Friday, April 16th.
Aaaand…. Crosley Radio and ear X-tacy are presenting the second annual Vinyl In The Ville:
LOUISVILLE-April 2010-Vinyl is back. And with it comes “Vinyl in the Ville,” the second annual event to celebrate the once-forgotten medium and bring together music lovers young and old who embrace the sound of analog and the glory days of album artwork.
The free event will he held on Thursday, April 15th from 7pm to 9pm at ear X-tacy Records located on Bardstown Road. The event will give attendees a chance to bring in their vinyl, taking turns sharing their “personal favorites” with the audience. Ear X-tacy will also have a few turntables set up throughout the store for personal listening.
“We’re hoping the turnout is even greater than last year.” says Bo LeMastus, president of Crosley Radio. “Not only is “Vinyl in the Ville” something that caters to the growing population of vinyl enthusiasts, but it also helps get the word out that Louisville is host to one of the greatest independent record stores in the country, as well as one of the top turntable manufacturers in the country.”
In 2008, more vinyl albums were purchased (1.88 million) than any other year since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. Today’s artists are even releasing their latest albums on records, including Radiohead, Guns N’ Roses, Cat Power and Tom Petty.
Ear X-tacy will be offering 20% off all vinyl during the event and throughout the day. All attendees will also have the chance to win one of five portable Crosley USB turntables. Magnolia Photo Booth will set up at the event to snap “Sleeveface-style” photographs of attendees.
“We’d love for everyone to come out and show their support for the store and this wonderful event. Everyone had a blast last year. Besides, how often can you get 20% off all vinyl and be your own DJ, all in one night?” said Rebecca Cornwell, ear X-tacy store manager.
Great reasons to love Louisville!