I also want to shout a HUGE thanx to everyone involved with the 7th LEXI MUSIC AWARDS: everyone who voted, all the artists out there doing your thing in spite of the new C-19 normal, Eric & Rachel at LeXenomics; Whit & Tim at The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center; and more!
And our sponsors! These are folks who meet me in parking lots at odd hours to make sure we get what we need and write checks or donate product or gift cards when they know we're NOT doing a show with 400 people in the audience & thousands of dollars worth of interviews & ad space/air time....and they do it anyway. They do it for love of the music community. They do it for you.
So major thanx to everyone at Highbridge Springs, Ale-8-One, & The Botany Bay! Linda & Roy & Ginny & Sheila - I owe y'all more than I can ever repay!
And showing even more than this is a HUGE team effort, I want to thank Dave Medley, Bill Meck, Angie Beavin, & everyone at WLEX-TV.....as well as those who always have my back: Edd MacKey & everyone at Lexington Fashion Collaborative; Marcie Timmerman & Angelee Caidyn Feltner; Ranada at Ranada’s Kitchen; and this year the amazing Bill French who showed up on a minute's notice to take photographs.
I also leaned heavily on many for our pro panel & advisors, including David Helmers (Railbird Festival), Israel Cuenca (Latin Music Awards KY), Renee Collins Cobb (Listen Locally/Overtones), Wendy Barnett (WEKU), Whit Whitaker (Lyric Theatre), Steve Baron (CD Central), Joseph Carucci (EKU Dept of Music), Mark Royse (RadioLex 93.9FM), Joe Conkwright (WUKY), Everett McCorvey (UK dept of Music), Neal Sluder (KY Music Hall of Fame), and more!
MANY MORE people to thank...and I will soon!
But for now - congrats again to all of you! Kick back & enjoy the afterglow.
Tomorrow, we get busy again!!!
Busy with what? Working with LEX-18 to get the video available for everyone....working with the Lyric to be ready for next year.....working with local venues to produce shows featuring amazing area talent....working with area businesses to bring more resources so that we might produce an awards show truly worthy of the talent & passion & energy displayed by everyone.....working to make the Lexi Music Awards annual show a true "red carpet event" for the entire community of Lexington & surrounding areas.....working to use the awards to leverage greater opportunities for area artists, to raise money for music education & arts charities, and so much more (read about that HERE). And maybe even planning a summer party to make up for the lack of official after-party!
Yep....it's time to get busy. And if YOU would like to lend a hand, just drop me a line. We need every single one of you!
David M. McLean