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ESSENCE Music Festival

Jul 5 - 5, 2015
The ultimate party weekend is highlighted by performances from a variety of… more

NASA Week to Blast…

Jul 5 - 5, 2015
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas will host a week of space exploration… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jul 5 - Sep 7, 2015
Ten Years Gone brings together six artists whose work engages with the broad… more

Red, White, and…

Jul 5 - 5, 2015
In a most unusual salute to Independence Day, Audubon Butterfly Garden and… more

Tai Chi/Chi Kung

Jul 6 - 6, 2015
NOMA, in collaboration with the East Jefferson Wellness Center offers wellness… more

LIVE BAND KARAOKE…

Jul 7 - 28, 2015
Rock out on stage with Mixed Nuts as your band! All ages and free each Tuesday… more

Lydia's Purple Cloth…

Jul 7 - 28, 2015
Quilting continues! We're excited to have more time to work on creations… more

Octavia Art Gallery -…

Jul 7 - 25, 2015
This summer, Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present new works by Cuban based… more

Ogden Museum Book…

Jul 7 - 7, 2015
Join us at the Book Club for  Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale… more

Purchased Lives: New…

Jul 7 - 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

The Sweat Social…

Jul 7 - Dec 20, 2015
Designed for wellness travelers visiting New Orleans, the Sweat Social offers… more

Gambit’s 2015…

Jul 8 - 8, 2015
Gambit's 2015 Emerging Chefs Challenge recognizes the next generation of… more

2015 Francisco…

Jul 9 - 9, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's 2015 Francisco Bouligny Lecture will… more

Langlois Girls Night…

Jul 9 - Sep 3, 2015
Bring your friends to Langlois on Thursdays or Fridays this summer for girls'… more

LIVE IMPROV WITH NOLA…

Jul 9 - 30, 2015
Improv Comedy with NOLA ComedySportz is great for all ages. The audience of a… more

San Fermin in Nueva…

Jul 9 - 12, 2015
The 9th Annual Running of the Bulls at San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (SFNO) is… more

Yappy Hour in the…

Jul 9 - 30, 2015
Join us for  Yappy Hour in the Courtyard at Rare Form, to benefit the… more

Friday Nights at NOMA

Jul 10 - 10, 2015
Every Friday evening, come to the museum for activities and entertainment.… more

Smoothie King Center…

Jul 10 - 11, 2015
Garth Brooks is bringing his World Tour with Trisha Yearwood to the Smoothie… more

Toast & Tiki Tails

Jul 10 - 10, 2015
Toasts & Tiki-Tails" will be held at the NO Fleas Market  during… more

ESSENCE Music Festival

Jul 5 - 5, 2015
The ultimate party weekend is highlighted by performances from a variety of… more

mini kiss to rock fair grounds on mardi gras

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jim Mulvihill, Communications and Pari-Mutuel Marketing Manager, 504.948.1233, james.mulvihill@fgno.com

NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, January 24, 2013) - After a full Carnival season of rocking and rolling all night and partying every day, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots is inviting revelers to wrap up their Mardi Gras with a concert by Mini Kiss, the Kiss tribute band comprised of "little people," between races on Fat Tuesday, February 12. The diminutive foursome will perform all of Kiss's greatest hits - including "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Detroit Rock City," "Calling Dr. Love" and "Shout It Out Loud" - from a trackside stage near the winner's circle starting at 4 p.m. General admission for live racing and Mini Kiss will be $5 and advance tickets are available online at FGNO.com/tickets.

Mini Kiss has performed around the world, although they are perhaps best known for starring in a popular Dr Pepper commercial, along with Gene Simmons and other current members of Kiss, which debuted during Super Bowl XLIV (won by the New Orleans Saints) in 2010. Mini Kiss performs in full Kiss regalia, including, of course, the distinctive face-paint specific to each original Kiss member.

Children 12 and under will be admitted free. For dining and box seat reservations, call (504) 943-2200. To book a party for groups of 25 or more, contact the Group Sales department at (504) 948-1285.

Fans can win a table for six in the Clubhouse dining room on Mardi Gras by sharing the Mini Kiss photo on the Fair Grounds Facebook page at Facebook.com/FairGroundsRaceCourseandSlots. The prize package includes a $250 food and beverage credit for the day, as well as a personal meet and greet and photo opportunity with Mini Kiss.

Fair Grounds has brought out large crowds during live horse racing in recent years with new events like Starlight Racing, a series of nighttime programs complemented by bands, DJs and a lively social scene; the Street Fare Derby, the first large-scale gathering of food trucks in New Orleans; and exotic animal racing, which most recently packed the Grandstand with curious fans eager to see zebras and ostriches compete. On March 30, Fair Grounds will stage its largest special event, the first-ever Infield Festival on Louisiana Derby Day with a concert by Cowboy Mouth and an unprecedented number of local food trucks and pop-up vendors.

More About Mini Kiss
For more on Mini Kiss, visit the band's website at http://www.minikiss.com/.

To view a Mini Kiss promotional video, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G78cdNAozeE.

To see the Dr Pepper commercial featuring Mini Kiss, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ibbfvx_K58o.   

To listen to a National Public Radio segment about Mini Kiss and life in a "little people" cover band, click on http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5342555.

About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation's third-oldest racetrack, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 10 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The 141st Thoroughbred Racing Season runs through March 31, 2013, highlighted by the milestone 100th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby for Kentucky Derby hopefuls on March 30, 2013. More information can be found online at http://www.fairgroundsracecourse.com/.