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Metro Parks selects Triangle Talent subsidiary to manage Iroquois Amphitheater

Friday June 16, 2006

Metro Parks has seleted THS, LLC -- a subsidiary of Triangle Talent, Inc -- to manage the Iroquois Amphitheater.  THS, LLC is responsible for marketing and overseeing the operation of the Amphitheater.

Iroquois Amphitheater"Undoubtedly the Iroquois Amphitheater is one of the best venues in area.  With the renovation, it is a state of the art facility and it has been returned to its past glory," said David Snowden, Triangle Talent CEO.  "This is something that I have been very interested in doing for a long time.  We appreciate Metro Parks and Louisville Metro Government giving us the opportunity to be a part of the Amphitheater’s renaissance."

"We are very excited to have the THS team on board," said Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz.  "With the Triangle Talent tie in, they bring a level of professionalism that will help us attract a greater variety of arts programming to this great facility in South Louisville.  It is the next step in the process of revitalizing the Iroquois Amphitheater."

THS, LLC will work to bring promoters to the venue.  They will also work with the producers and promoters to ensure the smooth and efficient production of events at the Amphitheater.

THS, LLC has employed Betsy Kronish as the Amphitheater’s general manager.  Triangle Talent CEO David Snowden and President Clay Campbell will also work on developing programming, and implementing the overall strategic plan.

Kronish recently completed 35 years as an employee of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville. In her various capacities, she was responsible for event research, planning and production, sold event sponsorships, and purchased and scheduled entertainment.

People interested in booking the Iroquois Amphitheater may contact Betsy Kronish at 502-267-5466 or 502-368-5865.  Booking information is also available at www.iroquoisamphitheater.com or www.triangletalent.com
 
After the 2000 performance season, Metro Parks began an ambitious project to modernize the facility while preserving the Amphitheater’s historic features and unique character. The original 1938 stagehouse was carefully restored, and historic materials were saved and re-used in the renovated Amphitheater. The renovated Iroquois Amphitheater offers greatly expanded opportunities for the highest quality arts entertainment while staying true to the historic spirit of the facility.

Then-Alderman George Melton, who represents the neighborhoods around Iroquois Park, lined up a team of local and state leaders to finance the project, which received funding from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, as well as the City of Louisville and Jefferson County Fiscal Court, both of which have since been replaced by Louisville Metro Government. The Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy provided private funds to support the project.

Renovation to the Iroquois Amphitheater was completed in Summer 2003 and a first full season of productions took place in 2004. Improvements include seating for more than 2,400, a partial roof that protects performances from rainouts while still giving the audience an open-air experience, a new stage, a state of the art sound system and first class lighting.  It also has expanded concession options, increased number of restrooms, and a year-round room for community meetings. Some of the most dramatic changes will be appreciated by performers and backstage personnel: modern dressing rooms with heating and cooling systems, control rooms, a green room, and more.

The expanded concessions operations are being run by Associated Enterprises.  The menu will reflect an expanded selection, and full food and beverage operations.  Highlights include grilled fare and a full service bar.

Highlights of the season include concerts and activities.  Music Theatre Louisville has expanded its season for 2006, based on the improvements at the Amphitheater. 

THS, LLC is a subsidiary of Triangle Talent, Inc. Triangle Talent, Inc. is a full service entertainment booking agency and production company. Established in 1960 in Louisville, KY., Triangle is the Mid-west's oldest and largest agency. It has successfully scheduled, negotiated and produced entertainment in more than 38 states and exclusively represented more than 70 acts.  Triangle's clients include the Kentucky State Fair, the Kentucky Derby Festival, Toyota, Churchill Downs, and FFA, and more than 2000 other clubs, corporations, events and fairs.  Triangle Talent has booked everyone from Garth Brooks, Rascal Flatts, Black Eyed Peas, James Taylor and Hank Williams, Jr. to Michael W. Smith.  The professional staff of 14 includes talent buyers, agents, DJ's, event producers and marketing experts.