Organizers Say Derby MusicFest Will Feature Plenty Of Star Power

By Carrie Weil

(LOUISVILLE) -- It may not feel like Derby time, but as we inch closer to the first Saturday in May, lots of plans are in the works, including events to involve the younger crowd. WAVE 3's Carrie Weil has the details.

On Tuesday, organizers of the Derby MusicFest announced they would be partnering with the Muhammad Ali Center to sponsor a brand new Derby event. Although it's not meant to replace Derby cruising, it is clear that organizers hope to fill a void.

Muhammad Ali Center President Mike Fox says this is a chance for the center to reach out to the community, and that the Derby MusicFest will further Muhammad Ali's ideals in inspiring kids.

As for how that will happen, some details were divulged about plans for Friday, May 5th -- Derby Eve. There will be a step show at the Kentucky International Convention Center, followed by a forum on hip hop, and a celebrity basketball game.

MTV personality "Sway" will help lead that discussion, and there will be plenty of other star power in town.

Former University of Louisville basketball standout Scooter McCray is helping plan the event. He told us Tuesday he was "still getting confirmation in on all the celebrities ... I have some rap artists, I have some NFL players, I have some baseball players -- to actually give you all the names right now, I could not do that."

Organizers say Derby MusicFest was in the works before Derby cruising was canceled by the city. They say whether they reach 200 or 2,000, their goal is just to inspire positive change in this community.

On a side note, we're told Will Smith, his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and their kids visited the Ali Center on Monday.

Online Reporter: Carrie Weil

Online Producer: Michael Dever