KSO_Bourbon Barrel Ball logoBourbon and the KSO — a match made in Newport

Linking savory Kentucky spirits with tasty nostalgic music has become an anticipated event at the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s 2nd Annual Bourbon Barrel Ball — 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27th. The KSO’s party with a purpose marks the orchestra’s 25th fundraiser, supporting its annual free education and park concerts. This year’s event will be the first held amidst the bourbon at the New Riff West Newport warehouses, tasting & bottling facilities (which formerly housed the Greenline bus & trolley system till 1972).

The evening opens with a cocktail hour, provided by The Party Source, including delicious New Riff bourbon tastings (including the KSO’s own select single barrel), a silent auction and optional tours of the rickhouses and bottling operations. A scrumptious 3-course, duo-entree dinner by McHales follows including wine and dessert. The KSO Big/Boogie Band offers the perfect bourbon/music mix — a Rat-Pack Redux (Frank, Dean and Sammy at the New Riff) — “Come Fly With Me,” “That’s Amore,” “The Candy Man” … and a Dazzling Divas (R&B Royalty) tribute set — Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle… (see full playlists attached). Dancing, music and conviviality continue till the last pour.

Live, silent and on-line auctions feature destinations, sports and entertainment tickets, dining options and much more. The evening’s big raffle drawing features the rarest of bourbons — O.F.C. (Old Fashioned Copper) 1985 from Buffalo Trace. Only 61 bottles were retrieved from this 34-year vintage barrel. $50 per chance / up to 500 sold. In addition the KSO’s tasty select single barrel bottles (112 proof) are for sale on-line, and at the event (limited inventory).

“The KSO has always thrown great parties, but this is a 4D clam-bake!” exclaimed KSO founder James Cassidy. “Smell the angels’ share, check out the players and ring a dings, listen and dance to the Rat Pack and Divas, and taste the bourbons and fancy foods.”

Proceeds from the event keep the music playing across the region. The KSO has performed free education concerts for 239 regional schools and 138,837 students over the past 24 years. Additionally free annual summer concerts in Covington’s Devou Park have brought nearly 388,000 area residents to the iconic concert bowl in 24 summers. The Bourbon Barrel Ball provides funding to keep these vibrant, educational, engaging & entertaining opportunities available for you and your neighbors.

Can’t attend? Support the KSO’s outreach programs by buying raffle tickets or bidding on auction items on-line. Beginning on April 16th, patrons may preview and bid on auction items on-line. Bidders have the opportunity to place absentee bids if they can not attend on April 27th. (raffle tickets available on-line; winner need not be present to win).

6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2019

Evening timeline:

  • 6:30 Cocktails, Bourbon Tasting and Silent Auction
  • 7:45 Dinner by McHales with wine and dessert
  • 8:45 KSO — Rat Pack Redux
  • 9:15 Live Auction & OFC Raffle Drawing
  • 9:30 KSO — Dazzling Divas

To Attend:

  • Cost: $125 per person (reservations close Tuesday, 4/23)
  • Dress: Black Tie Optional

Call the KSO today and make your reservations (deadline— 4/23) for the KSO’s Bourbon Barrel Ball: (859) 431-6216 or visit kyso.org The full evening with reserved seating, cocktails, bourbon tasting, dinner, wine, dessert, dancing / live entertainment is $125 per person ($50 is tax-deductible).

On-Line Auction opens April 16 at kyso.org

Vintage Bourbon Raffle
1 of 61 Bottles in the world
$50 per ticket
(up to 500 to be sold)

Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. christened the O.F.C. (Old Fashioned Copper) Distillery in 1870 using copper fermentation vats, column stills, and the first steam heating system, still used today. This very rare and collectible bourbon honors the O.F.C. Distillery, known today as Buffalo Trace. Each hand-cut crystal bottle is vintage dated according to the year in which the bourbon was distilled.

Drawing 9:30 p.m. April 27, 2019
at the New Riff Rickhouses
West Newport Campus
Winner need not be present
Exemption No. EO-0169

KSO Gala Partners: The Party Source, McHale’s Events and Catering & Newriff Distilling

2nd Annual
KSO Bourbon Barrel Ball
6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019
New Riff Tasting Room, West Newport Campus

Rat Pack Redux
(Frank, Dean & Sammy at the New Riff)

Song – As recorded by
Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
That’s Amore – Dean Martin
The Lady Is a Tramp – Sammy Davis, Jr.
The Way You Look Tonight – Sinatra
Luck Be A Lady – Sinatra, Martin, Davis
Something’s Gotta Give – Davis
Ain’t That a Kick in the Head – Martin
Love & Marriage – Sinatra
The Candy Man – Davis
That’s Life – Sinatra, Martin, Davis
Theme from New York, New York – Sinatra

Vocals: Dan Radank, Zack Steele, Ethan St. Germain

Dazzling Diva Dance Set
(Rhythm, Blues & Bourbon)

Song – As recorded by:
Free Your Mind – En Vogue
I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
Lady Marmalade – Patti LaBelle
Killing me Softly with his Song – Roberta Flack
This Will Be (an Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
Slammin’ – Huey Lewis / TOP (instrumental)
Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
Save The Best For Last – Vanessa Williams
Last Dance – Donna Summer

Vocals: Heather Hale, Marci Hedges, Lesley Hitch, Chris Shenton & Michelle Wells

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