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Legendary Band The Monarchs To Play Iroquois Amphitheater Sept. 12

Tuesday September 7, 2010

The Monarchs, best known as “Louisville’s Music Ambassadors” and a band celebrating its 50th anniversary during 2010, will perform a free concert at the Iroquois Amphitheater on Sunday, September 12, beginning at 5 p.m.

Prior to the show, Mayor Jerry Abramson and city officials will dedicate a permanent historical marker noting the Amphitheater’s 72nd year of serving the Louisville area. The Iroquois Amphitheater is the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s official amphitheater, and was opened in July 1938. It was commissioned through President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration, and was built in 75 days using 250 employees. It received $8.9 million of upgrades during a renovation project in 2000. In 2004, the Amphitheater hosted its first full season of productions following the renovations.

In addition to local theater productions and free movie nights, the Amphitheater has hosted performances by Wilco, The Black Keys, Travis Tritt and Weird Al Yankovic. A full range of refreshments, including alcoholic beverages, will be for sale during the event.

“For 72 years, the Iroquois Amphitheater has been a landmark in South Louisville, hosting folks from throughout the Louisville area who want to see the best in music and performing arts,” Abramson said. “It is only fitting that The Monarchs – another Louisville institution – helps us honor its tradition.”

Formed as The Blue Angels back in 1960, The Monarchs still continue to play several dozen gigs per year across the Louisville area. They’ve appeared in concert with Del Shannon, the Beach Boys, Glen Campbell, Bo Diddley and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. They made $20 for their first engagement – and split that among the entire nine-member band. They took a break in the late 60s as some of the band’s members joined the military, got “real jobs,” got married and had children. Newspaper columnist Billy Reed invited the group to get back together and reunite as the subject of a 1972 newspaper article, and the band has been back together in some form ever since.

Brightside, a non-profit agency dedicated to keeping Louisville clean, green and beautiful, will also kick off its 25th anniversary during the event. Over the past year, Brightside mobilized 22,000 volunteers for litter cleanups, served 3,000 youth through environmental education programs and maintained 36 beautifully landscaped medians throughout our community.

About the Iroquois Amphitheater
The Iroquois Amphitheater, located in Iroquois Park, is a state-of-the-art, handicapped-accessible theater with seating for 2,402 that stages a variety of performing arts and cultural programs. The Iroquois Amphitheater is the official amphitheater for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. For more information on the Iroquois Amphitheater schedule of events for 2010, visit