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Trifecta Derby Eve Gala Returns with Bruno Mars Headlining

The much-anticipated Trifecta Derby Eve Gala is making a grand comeback after a hiatus of four years, promising a night of glitz, glamour, and world-class entertainment. Set to take place on Friday, May 3rd, from 8 pm to 1 am in downtown Louisville near Slugger Field, this star-studded event will feature none other than global sensation Bruno Mars as the headlining act.

Bruno Mars, renowned for his chart-topping hits and electrifying performances, has sold over 200 million singles worldwide, solidifying his position as one of the best-selling artists of all time. His recent triumphs include accepting Album Of The Year on behalf of the duo An Evening with Silk Sonic at the 2022 BET Awards, where their hit single “Leave The Door Open” received widespread acclaim.

“We couldn’t be more excited to host Bruno Mars, one of the most exciting entertainers in music today,” said Eden Bridgeman Sklenar, the host of the Gala alongside her family. “As our final act after many years of memorable Galas and most importantly raising funds for various charities, we can’t wait to celebrate Derby 150 with all of our guests.”

The Trifecta Gala, known for its ability to attract big-name entertainment and A-list celebrities from Hollywood, fashion, and sports, will also serve as a fundraiser for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kentuckiana. This year’s event will pay special homage to the invaluable contributions of African Americans to the history of the Kentucky Derby, blending reverence for the past with a vision for the future.

Churchill Downs recognizes the Gala as an official Kentucky Derby Event, with sponsorship from prominent names such as EBONY, Jet Media, Jackson Family Wines, and Brown-Forman.

The night promises an array of delights, including elevated food and libation selections, musical acts, and an abundance of who’s who from the worlds of sports and entertainment. Additionally, organizers have teased the announcement of more celebrity guests in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the Trifecta Gala are now available for purchase on the official website


The return of the Trifecta Derby Eve Gala has sparked excitement among Louisville residents and beyond. With Bruno Mars headlining the event, attendees can expect an unforgettable evening filled with stellar performances and charitable endeavors. The Gala’s commitment to supporting Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kentuckiana and honoring African American contributions to Derby history adds depth to the festivities, making it more than just a glamorous affair. As anticipation builds and more celebrity guests are anticipated to be announced, all eyes will be on downtown Louisville on May 3rd for what promises to be a night to remember.

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