‘Prime’ time

| May 4, 2011
CHRIS HUMPHREYS | Voice-Tribune Joey Wagner is managing partner of PRIME Lounge.

CHRIS HUMPHREYS
Voice-Tribune
Joey Wagner is managing partner of PRIME Lounge.

Once again, PRIME Lounge will play host to a number of Derby week events and offer up an ever-changing lineup to partygoers.

“We’re excited; we have five events in four different nights,” said Joey Wagner, who is managing partner of PRIME.

On Wednesday, May 4, Woodford Reserve & J Wagner Group Present the third annual “Jocktails,” a celebrity jockey bartending event benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockey Foundation. “It’s a really cool concept. You get to see the Kentucky Derby jockeys bartending for charity,” said Wagner. “People can come in and there across the bars are their peers and, to some people, their idols.”

The evening begins with a VIP reception at 6:30 p.m. Doors open to the public at 9:30 p.m. Musician Phil Kelly will perform. Then at 10 p.m., Beats by Dre Headphones Presents the “Best of the Derby City” DJ Event with local mixmasters DJ K-Dogg, DJ Mikus, DJ Prism, DJ Q and DJ Fluid.

On Thursday, May 5, Prime morphs into the Grey Goose Flavor of Life Lounge featuring DJ Vice, who’s performed with a slew of musical superstars, including Lady Gaga and Mariah Carey.

Playboy returns to Prime on Friday, May 6, with a Celebrity Lounge Presented by Grey Goose featuring music by DJ Sky Nellor. Unlike all other nights when the cover is $10, tickets start at $75 for a pre-sale ticket or $100 at the door.

Then on Saturday, May 7, Prime wraps up the horse-racing weekend by recreating one of New York City’s hottest nightclubs at the lounge. Grey Goose Presents Greenhouse NYC @ The Derby. Celebrity DJ Irie – who spins for Jamie Foxx and the Miami Heat – will take care of the tunes. Cover is $10. VIP tables start at $1,000.

Though Wagner wouldn’t release names of celebrities who plan to party at Prime, he never tires of receiving confirmations. He also doesn’t take them for granted. “It’s very humbling when you have CEOs and celebrities calling you direct to get into your events. Back in the day, I was the guy calling to invite them and now they’re calling me to get in. That’s the cool thing. The hard work has just really, really paid off.”

Contact writer Angie Fenton at angie@voice-tribune.com or 502.551.2698.

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Angie Fenton
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.

Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.

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