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Metro Parks Newsroom

35th Annual Kentucky Music Weekend festival coming to Iroquois Amphitheater

Wednesday July 21, 2010

For the 35TH consecutive year, Kentucky Music Weekend will bring the finest folk musicians and Kentucky traditions to Louisville's Iroquois Amphitheater and the tree-lined area nearby on Friday, July 30, and Saturday, July 31.

This year, the festival will continue celebrating Kentucky’s rich musical heritage through concerts, workshops, the dulcimer and hammered dulcimer championship contests, regional dulcimer club performances, and a huge jam session. The event begins 7 p.m. on Friday evening and again at around 10 a.m. Saturday morning. The music will last well into the evening both nights.

Although no formal tickets will be sold, a suggested donation of $10 will be collected at the main gate for the Friday and Saturday evening performances. Non-perishable food items will be collected for Dare To Care Food Bank as in past years.

For the seventh year KMW, will host the Kentucky State Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer Championship contests. This event will be held on Saturday beginning at noon, with the first place winners receiving a new dulcimer or hammered dulcimer, trophy, plus entry fees to the Walnut Valley National Contests in Winfield, Kansas.

In the late afternoon on Saturday, a large jam session will take place in the tree lined area near the Amphitheater entrance. The public is encouraged to come, bring an instrument, a folding chair or blanket and enjoy sharing music together – and listeners are also welcome.

Sponsors for the event include Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, Kentucky Theater Project (Kentucky Homefront Performances), the Louisville Dulcimer Society, Louisville Country Dancers, Folkcraft Instruments, Jake's Cabin Dulcimers, and the Kentucky Music Week.

For more information, band bios, and a complete schedule of events visit

About the Iroquois Amphitheater:
The Iroquois Amphitheater was originally built in 1938 by 275 employees from the Works Progress Administration. The Amphitheater has undergone an $8.9 million renovation, while carefully preserving portions of the original structure. The Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Louisville Metro Government, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky partnered to fund the renovation, which was completed in 2003. For more information, visit The Amphitheater is located in Iroquois Park, near the intersection of New Cut Road and Kenwood Drive. For more information, please call 502/368-5865.