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Mayor Fischer Opens Iroquois Amphitheater's 75th Anniversary Season

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Joined on stage by local performers and musicians, concert promoters, and city officials, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced a strong lineup of entertainment for the 75th anniversary season at the Iroquois Amphitheater.

Highlights include the popular Garrison Keillor and his "Prairie Home Companion's" Radio Romance Tour on July 20. Major music acts include Local Natives, Paul Thorn and Jason Isbell, Gregg Allman and the Louisville-based band Houndmouth, opening the season on April 26. More than 10 major shows are expected to be offered as part of the Coors Light Iroquois Amphitheater Summer Concert Series.

Opening weekend features the River City Drum Corp's "Da Ville Classic" on April 27, and the Louisville Youth Orchestra's "And They're Off!" concert on April 28 – themed to lead in to Kentucky Derby week.

"The Iroquois Amphitheater is one of the best venues of its kind anywhere to enjoy live entertainment in a spectacular setting that's convenient to so many of our citizens," Fischer said. "The 75th anniversary season will provide a great mix of major concerts, performances by local artists and groups, the popular free movies, festivals and other arts and cultural events."

The 2013 season offers a variety of entertainment for all ages. Now in its second year, the "Iroquois Amphitheater Presents" series continues the venue's tradition of showcasing Louisville's music, dance and theater talent. This season's schedule features performances by the Louisville Jazz Society, the Louisville Vocal Project, and Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.

Two free movies series – Monday Night Movies and Movies Under the Stars – also return this summer with current and classic movies like Skyfall, The Goonies and The Lion King on the roster. A long-time favorite event, the Kentucky Music Weekend, returns in late July.

In celebration of the amphitheater's 75th anniversary and to generate support for its future, plans were also announced for an opportunity to "Sponsor a Seat". For a donation of $100, individuals can have their name imprinted on a small plaque affixed to a seat, or may sponsor a seat in honor of a loved one or friend. A special anniversary event is planned for later in the season.

The 2,400 seat, open-air amphitheater continues to grow in popularity as an alternate concert venue for acts such as The Shins, David Gray, Brandi Carlile, The Black Keys, The Decemberists and Rufus Wainwright, all of whom have performed in the past two years.

The state-of-the-art handicapped-accessible amphitheater 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.

2013 Season Highlights

April 26
Houndmouth – with Joe Pug & Ranger (Coors Light Iroquois Amphitheater Summer Concert Series)

April 27
River City Drum Corps "Da Ville Classic"

April 28
Louisville Youth Orchestra "And They're Off!" concert

May 5
The Iroquois Amphitheater and Louisville Jazz Society Present "An Afternoon of Brazilian Music"

May 12
The Iroquois Amphitheater Presents Derby City Brass Band

May 19
Louisville Winds concert

June 1
Americana World Festival

June 7
Paul Thorn & Jason Isbell (Coors Light Iroquois Amphitheater Summer Concert Series)

June 11
Local Natives (Coors Light Iroquois Amphitheater Summer Concert Series)

June 26
Gregg Allman (Coors Light Iroquois Amphitheater Summer Concert Series)

July 26 & 27
Kentucky Music Weekend

August 8­–17
Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance"

Sept 7
The Monarchs

Sept 14
Dark Side of the Wall – Pink Floyd tribute celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic "Dark Side of the Moon" album (Coors Light Iroquois Amphitheater Summer Concert Series)

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