Attendees of the 2015 Green Industry & Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO) and Hardscape North America (HNA) will be treated to three nights of free, top-notch entertainment, featuring country music sensation Kellie Pickler; the iconic blues rock band Grand Funk Railroad; and The Rigbys, a Beatles tribute band, thanks to sponsors Dixie Chopper and Nissan Commercial Vehicles. The two trade shows will be co-located at the Kentucky Exposition Center Oct. 21-23 in Louisville, Ky.
“Our concert series is always a hit with attendees and exhibitors,” said GIE+EXPO/HNA Show Director Warren Sellers. “This year’s lineup features a variety of music styles — something to appeal to everyone. We’re pleased to have Nissan Commercial Vehicles and Dixie Chopper as the concert sponsors. Exhibitor support for GIE+EXPO, HNA and the industry makes events of this magnitude possible.”
The concerts will be held in downtown Louisville at Fourth Street Live! The lineup will be as follows:
Wednesday, Oct. 21
Opening Act: From Paris, 8 p.m.
Headliner: Grand Funk Railroad, 9 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 22
Headliner: Kellie Pickler, 8 p.m.
After-party with The Crashers, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 23
Opening Act: Lyndsey Henken, 8 p.m.
Headliner: The Rigbys, 9 p.m.
From Paris is a group of musicians that performs songs from all genres. Attendees are likely to hear covers from Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, Beyonce, Pink, U2, Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, Rolling Stones, AC/DC, ABBA, Stevie Wonder, Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Mraz, Jackson 5, Norah Jones, Frank Sinatra and more. Band members have shared the stage with such greats as Eddie Money, Cheap Trick, Smokey Robinson, Crystal Gayle, Montgomery Gentry and Meatloaf.
One of the most successful hard rock bands in the 1970s, Grand Funk Railroad helped rule the rock world in the first part of the decade, selling out stadiums, collecting platinum records and scoring hit pop singles along the way. They were even kicked off a 1970 tour as openers for Led Zeppelin after upstaging the headliners. Their hits include “We’re an American Band,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home)” and a remake of Little Eva’s “The Loco-Motion.”
From her days as a breakout presence on American Idol to three albums, hundreds of concert appearances and a 2013 win on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” Kellie Pickler has earned the admiration and affection of countless fans. This spunky, charismatic singer/songwriter remains rooted to the country tradition she grew up loving. Her chart toppers include “Best Days of Your Life,” “Little Bit Gypsy,” “I Wonder” and “Red High Heels.”
Back at GIE+EXPO by popular demand, The Crashers, formed in 2008, have established themselves, both regionally and nationally, as the band to see. They’ve performed all over the country, leaving crowds wanting more, from the Super Bowl (as the official pre-game band for NBC at Super Bowl XLVI) to rockin’ it out as the backing band for national artists like Luke Bryan and Kid Rock.
Lyndsey Henken is a talented young vocalist who began performing at the age of 4 and has grown up to perform at many Louisville venues, including Kentucky Derby Festival events. Her style ranges from country to pop to rock ‘n’ roll.
One of the premier Beatles celebration bands in the Midwest, The Rigbys was formed by veteran musicians out of their personal love for and influence by the Beatles. The band members have carefully honed their craft, delivering stunningly accurate recreations of music recognized the world over. Their repertoire covers the many styles of music recorded by The Beatles as a group and as solo artists — rock ‘n’ roll, pop ballads, dance and swinging ’60s sound.
GIE+EXPO’s 2015 dates are Wednesday, Oct. 21 (Dealer Day), and Thursday and Friday, Oct. 22-23, for all industry participants. The annual event is sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Inc. (OPEI), Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) and Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). HNA is sponsored by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI). For information and online registration for the trade show and education programs, go to www.gie-expo.com. Other contact points: Facebook, info@GIE-EXPO.com, Twitter @GIE_EXPO and (800) 558-8767/(812) 949-9200.