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August 5th, David Helmers, Producer, Railbird Festival

Posted on Jul 30, 2021

LEXINGTON, KY – The Rotary Club of Lexington held its weekly meeting Thursday, August 5,  at the Red Mile and via Zoom. The program  featured David Helmers, Producer, Railbird Festival. To attend via Zoom  please email, To register for lunch click here  Weekly Meetings

An entrepreneur and business owner, David has founded and co-founded several companies in areas as wide-ranging as technology, real estate development, and the music industry. In 2019, David brought dozens of top national musical performers and over 30,000 fans together for the Railbird Music Festival held on the Grounds of Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, KY. Railbird is set to return in 2021 with an even more impressive line-up.

In 2019, David created Railbird Music Festival in partnership with Keeneland and Live Nation. Railbird is a music festival that celebrates all things Central Kentucky – including bourbon, equine culture, and local cuisine. The two-day music festival scheduled for August 28 and 29, 2021, will host over thirty artists on three stages. Over 32,500 fans will attend each day coming from all 50 states. Headliners for 2021 include Dave Mathews Band, Leon Bridges, My Morning Jacket, and Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit.

He is also the co-founder of Wild Duck Investments LLC, a micro angel venture capital firm, along with Edelen Ventures Senior Partner, Phil Holoubek. David co-hosts the weekly show Block or Charge on the Adult Swim Network with his childhood best friend and former University of Kentucky and NBA basketball star, Rex Chapman and manages Chapman’s charitable foundation.

David also spent several years as a defense lawyer, providing general insurance defense, medical malpractice defense and municipality defense, representing individuals and families in civil litigation arising from personal injury and wrongful death and has successfully litigated complex product liability and medical negligence claims.

He holds a law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law and a Bachelors in Psychology from Rollins College. David  spent late 2012 and early 2013 traveling the world with his wife, Anne, his daughter, Laney, and his son, Lee.


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