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Mayor Fischer Officially Opens Iroquois Amphitheater 2012 Season

Wednesday April 25, 2012

With the flip of a switch, flooding the Iroquois Amphitheatre stage with lights and sound, Mayor Greg Fischer announced that Iroquois Amphitheater is powering up for its 2012 season!

The historic, 24-hundred-seat, open-air venue, is poised for a strong season, with a schedule that welcomes headliners such as Corey Smith, The Shins, David Gray, Alice Cooper and Rufus Wainwright. Fischer announced today that Seattle-based singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile will join the stellar season lineup, with a concert on August 11.

“Iroquois Amphitheater is quickly becoming the venue of choice for concert promoters looking to bring first-rate artists to our city,” Fischer said. “This historic amphitheater is solidly building on its reputation as a go-to place for great concerts, theatrical productions, dance, films, and many other cultural offerings.”

While the number of concerts has doubled just since last season, a growing schedule lists an array of entertainment, including a new series, “Iroquois Amphitheater Presents”, which offers theater-goers a concert by The Louisville Winds, and a local production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore. This new series maintains the amphitheater’s historic tradition as a community resource and venue for showcasing local programs and talent.

The season kicks-off Sunday April 29 with the “And They’re Off!” concert by the Louisville Youth Orchestra. A concert featuring Louisville’s own Monarchs and The Ladies for Liberty (benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project), the popular Kentucky Music Weekend, and two free “movie night” series, round out the growing schedule of events and shows planned for the 2012 season.

Fischer also unveiled a new website designed to handle ticketing and event information for Iroquois Amphitheater, set up through Ticketfly, the exclusive ticketing agent for the amphitheater.

The 2012 season will also see the expansion of productions in the amphitheater’s “black-box” performing space. Parkside Studio: Inside at Iroquois, launched in 2011, is an innovative conversion of the historic main stage into a smaller, more flexible and intimate theatre space. Available October through April, this 100-seat space creates an opportunity for year-round programming at Iroquois, and is available for rentals.

Since the renovation of the Iroquois Amphitheater in 2003, it has seen resurgence in activity from people all across the community. The state-of-the-art handicapped-accessible theater has a partial roof that protects performances from rainouts and other amenities such as a new stage, expanded concession options, increased number of restrooms and a year-round room for community meetings.

2012 Season Highlights

Louisville Youth Orchestra “And They’re Off!” April 29

The Monarchs & The Ladies for Liberty May 20

The Louisville Winds June 3

The Shins June 9

Corey Smith June 16

Alice Cooper June 19

Black Jacket Symphony June 23

David Gray June 29

Kentucky Music Weekend July 27-28

Rufus Wainwright August 5

Brandi Carlile August 11

H.M.S. Pinafore August 17-25