updated 3/2/2011 8:45:52 AM ET 2011-03-02T13:45:52

NEW YORK, March 2, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Empire Sports and Entertainment Holdings Co. (OTCBB:EXCX), "The Empire," a promoter of entertainment and sports events, today proudly announced the outstanding talent lineup for the 2nd Annual CAPITAL HOEDOWN, making it the largest country music festival in North America.

Riding on the heels of the successful CAPITAL HOEDOWN festival debut produced last summer by Concert International Inc. (The Empire's partner for this year's event), the newly minted partnership expects to present the best and biggest country music event with an incredible star-studded lineup.

The A-list of artists who will be performing at beautiful LeBreton Flats Park, August 11, 12, and 13, include Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, recent Grammy-award winner Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Doc Walker, Sara Evans, Billy Currington, Tara Oram, Easton Corbin, Justin Moore and The Keats. Additional artists will be added to this historic and exciting program as the festival approaches.

"I am so proud for The Empire Sports & Entertainment to be promoting what will be remembered as one of the best music festivals of all time," says Shelly Finkel, the CEO of The Empire. "As a leading promoter of sports and entertainment, our good fortune in working with Concert International gives country music fans everything they desire: great music in terrific surroundings. You simply cannot beat this star-studded lineup of the biggest names in country music."

With the new location LeBreton Flats Park, and 45,000 people anticipated per day, VIP tickets are expected to be a hot commodity. With a limited number of VIP tickets available, and with each costing only $250 for the entire three days, the VIP tickets are expected to sell out immediately.  

3-day general admission passports are $175, and a limited number of single day tickets will be made available for $75 for each individual day.

Tickets for Capital Hoedown 2011 are available starting March 5th at 10:00 am online through capitaltickets.ca, by phone (613)599-3267/ Toll-free (877)788-3267, or in person at Scotiabank Place Box Office, The Sens Store locations, and Ottawa Sports Experts locations.

For updates on the artist lineup and festival information, visit www.capitalhoedown.com .

The entertainment lineup for Capital Hoedown 2011 (as of March 2nd) includes:

Thursday, August 11 – 4 pm to 10:30 pm (Gates open at 2 pm)

Kenny Chesney, Doc Walker, Tara Oram, and others TBA

Friday, August 12 – 4 pm to 10:30 pm (Gates open at 2 pm)

Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Billy Currington and others TBA

Saturday, August 13 – 2 pm to 10:30 pm (Gates open at noon)

Rascal Flats, Sara Evans, Easton Corbin, Justin Moore, The Keats, and others TBA

About Concert International

Concert International is fast gaining a global reputation for promoting and presenting world-class concert events and festivals throughout North America. Having produced shows for some of the biggest names in music, such as The Tragically Hip, Jessica Simpson, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, and more, Concert International continues to provide fans of all genres of music with incredible live music experiences.

About The Empire Sports and Entertainment

The Empire Sports and Entertainment, Inc. is a leading promoter of sports-driven promotions and entertainment events such as concerts, music festivals, pay-per-view programming, as well as other exciting events. The company is led by CEO Shelly Finkel, a legendary promoter and member of The Boxing Hall of Fame. To learn more about "The Empire," visit www.theempirese.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, including, without limitation, those with respect to the objectives, plans and strategies of the Company and SPI set forth herein and those preceded by or that include the words ``believes,'' "expects,'' "given,'' "targets,'' "intends,'' "anticipates," "plans,'' "projects,'' "forecasts'' or similar expressions, are "forward-looking statements." Although the Company's management believes that such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee that such expectations are, or will be, correct. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, which could cause the Company's future results to differ materially from those anticipated. The Company assumes no obligation to update any of the information contained or referenced in this press release.

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