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HOCKEY MEETS COUNTRY MUSIC

HOCKEY MEETS COUNTRY MUSIC AT BLACK RIVER ENTERTAINMENT EVENT
Guests included NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler and more
 
 
(L-R)
Terry Pegula and Kim Pegula, Black River Entertainment recording
artists Kellie Pickler and Craig Morgan, and CEO Gordon Kerr.
(Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Black River Entertainment)
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn… (April 3, 2014)—
Black River Entertainment held an event last week that mixed the worlds
of country music and professional hockey. The event was co-hosted by
Terry and Kim Pegula, owners of Black River Entertainment and the
Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League, along with Kim Pegula’s
brother and Black River CEO Gordon Kerr. The night was a chance for
country music industry tastemakers to mix and mingle with players from
the Buffalo Sabres and Black River Entertainment recording artists
Kellie Pickler, Craig Morgan and Kelsea Ballerini. 
 
Black
River Entertainment and its studios at Sound Stage set the stage for
the event as the entire property was transformed to give attendees an
authentic Nashville VIP experience.  Upon entry in Sound Stage Studios,
guests were greeted with catering from Edley’s Bar-B-Que and Puckett’s
Grocery & Restaurant.  Guest were then encouraged to venture
upstairs to Black River Entertainment’s publishing wing and try their
hand a being a recording artist by laying down a track in the writer’s
studio.  After guests made their rounds in Sound Stage, the next stop
was Ronnie’s Place legendary recording studio were able to sample
Tennessee Whiskey, in the Jack Daniel’s room.
 
The
night wrapped in a pickin’ party, complete with bonfire, s’mores and
music provided by Black River Entertainment recording artist Kelsea
Ballerini, Passport Records’ Brassfield Aly, Black River Publishing’s
Josh Kerr and even a few Sabres players jumped in.  The evening’s
integration of music and sports reiterated the “We Are Entertainment”
theme presented at the 2014 Black River Entertainment CRS luncheon.
 
The
Sabres players and coaches in attendance are no strangers to country
music. The team, in Nashville last week for a game with the Nashville
Predators, last month hosted “UnPucked,” a night of music and hockey at
First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY. The charitable event, with all
proceeds going to the Buffalo Sabres Foundation, featured a writers’
round with hit songwriters David Lee Murphy (singer/songwriter who has
written multiple top 40 hits by artists such as Kenny Chesney, Jason
Aldean and Jake Owen), Black River’s Doug Johnson (Love Like Crazy – Lee
Brice), Tony Arata (The Dance – Garth Brooks) and Jim Peterik (Eye of
the Tiger – Survivor).  Sabres players also entertained the crowd as
they joined Black River Entertainment’s John King on stage during his
performance.

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