From the Grammys to the Derby, Jon Batiste Sets to Dazzle at Louisville’s Mardi Gras Gala

The Derby Gala of the Louisville Urban League will feature Jon Batiste as a special guest. Big, special guests will be attending the Louisville Urban League’s annual Derby Gala, which is being organized.

Known as “Mardi Gras Louisville,” the gala is touted as LUL’s most esteemed occasion of the year. In keeping with that, Jon Batiste‘s attendance was revealed.

Batiste has won five Grammy awards and has been nominated twenty times. Last year, Jon received six Grammy nominations. He is regarded as a virtuoso musician and composer whose modern approach has revitalized jazz and soul.

In addition, he leads the band on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Batiste is the latest celebrity to attend the gala; previous attendees include Babyface, Sisqó, The Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, and others.

In the middle of several large Derby celebrations across the city, LUL hopes the addition will draw a lot of people to the event. Mannie Fresh, an American rapper, DJ, and record producer, will also be performing.

The Norton Sports and Learning Center will host the gala on May 1. There are still sponsorship and table options available. Sales of individual tickets start on Friday, February 16.

Louisville Derby Gala

According to LUL, they have sent hundreds of children on college tours and enrolled over 600 students in intensive tutoring programs in an effort to reduce the opportunity gap.

They also help people become first-time homeowners, develop craft skills, and support Black business owners.

Jon Batiste
Jon Batiste

American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, composer, and television personality Jonathan Michael Batiste was born on November 11, 1986.

Along with Stevie Wonder, Prince, Willie Nelson, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey, Roy Hargrove, Juvenile, and Mavis Staples, he has collaborated on records and given live performances. 

From 2015 to 2022, Batiste performed every night as the bandleader and musical director on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with his band Stay Human.

Furthermore, Jon holds the positions of Music Director at The Atlantic and Creative Director at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. 

He co-won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Grammy, and a BAFTA Film Award (shared with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) for his work on the Pixar animated picture Soul in 2020. 

After receiving 20 nominations for Grammy Awards, Batiste won five of them, including Album of the Year for his album We Are (2021). 

The documentary film American Symphony, which documents the process of composing Batiste’s first symphony, included Batiste in 2023.

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