'No Strings Attached' as Thunder Over Louisville prepares for 27th launch

'No Strings Attached' as Thunder Over Louisville prepares for 27th launch

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Thunder Over Louisville 2016 will have "No Strings Attached." That's the theme of this year's Kentucky Derby Festival (KDF) Opening Ceremonies.

"No Strings Attached" refers to Thunder's spectacular air show and fireworks, which soar into the sky on Saturday, April 23. It's also a nod to the soundtrack recorded by the Louisville Orchestra under Teddy Abrams' direction, a KDF news release says. More than 40 well-known works by composers such as Holst, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Mozart were recorded for the soundtrack. Popular songs from artists like My Morning Jacket, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson and Metallica were also included in the repertoire.

This year's air show will feature the U.S. Navy Parachute Team - The Leap Frogs - as well as the Trojan Horsemen T-28 Demo Team consisting of Billy Werth and Kate Kyer. Details regarding other acts that will perform in the 2016 Thunder Air Show are being finalized. A complete show schedule will be released closer to the show date.

In addition, six companies are returning as sponsors of this year's 27th Thunder Over Louisville. Horseshoe Southern Indiana, KentuckyOne Health, LG&E, Meijer, UPS and Valero are all Presenting Sponsors. Ford Motor Company returns as sponsor of Ford's Thunder on the Ground, which showcases a variety of activities taking place on Thunder Day in and around Waterfront Park.

"Without the support of these generous sponsors, we simply wouldn't be able to produce the Thunder show the public has come to expect and anticipate," KDF President and CEO Mike Berry said. "Their sponsorship really is a gift to the entire community."

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