Wednesday, October 23
Top of the Escalators, Regency Center Ballroom & Prefunction Area
Nope, that’s not a typo. We plan to kick off this year’s national conference with a registration/reception hybrid that’s meant to encourage networking in a laid-back atmosphere. During our “Regiception,” the conference exhibit hall will be open, complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served, a no-host bar will be available, and music will be provided by a local bluegrass band. So, pick up your registration materials, explore the exhibits, and enjoy mingling with your colleagues!
Blakeley Burger Band
A collective of music veterans, each member of the band is a multi-instrumentalist and singer with a diverse musical background playing, bluegrass, old-time country, folk, swing and jazz.
Blakely Burger (fiddle) – An award-winning instrumentalist, Blakeley Burger has studied fiddle/violin for 15 years, as well as guitar and mandolin. For the past seven years, she has performed regionally as both a soloist and an ensemble member at a wide range of venues. Blakeley is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance with a minor in Spanish at the University of Louisville.
Simon Meurer (acoustic guitar & bass) – Native to Louisville, Simon Meurer has been playing guitar in and around Kentucky for many years, having played with some of the finest bluegrass and americana musicians around. The local music scene has heard Simon playing his unique style from inside small intimate venues to large performance theaters.
Jeff Guernsey (mandolin & banjo) – A local legend known for playing and touring with some of the biggest names in country music including Vince Gill and Steve Wariner. He is one of the most sought-after musicians in the area on many different instruments.