Newly renovated Iroquois Amphitheater set to kick off new season


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 25 at 6:43 PM

(WHAS11) -- A popular south end amphitheater is undergoing a rebirth after a multi-million dollar renovation. A list a high profile acts is kicking off the season at Iroquois Amphitheater, so what is the city doing to attract these headliners?

The stage is set, the lights are on and its almost showtime at the revamped Iroquois Amphitheater. This season the historic 2400 seat open air venue is hoping to attract big names, big stars and allow this area to compete with others around the country .

"It's a one of a kind venue. To my knowledge [there are] not many amphitheaters that are in an Olmstead designed park of this magnitude," said concert promoter Joe Argabrite

Concert promoter Joe Argabrite has been going after those big acts and on Wednesday Mayor Fischer announced a number of top artists for the upcoming season. These artists include the Black Jacket Symphony , David Gray , Bradi Carlile and Rufus Wainwright.

"It doesn't take long for the word to get out in the industry and we are working with our various partners here and around the country in the music business. So you are gonna see nothing but bigger and better things at the Iroquois Amphitheater," said Mayor Fischer

In 2003 the Iroquois Amphitheater underwent a 10 million dollar renovation. The hope is to attract high quality entertainment from all across the world into this state of the art facility

Argabrite believes that the smaller venue will be a draw to certain artists. And the fans will certainly enjoy the air conditioned stage and seating area that is three quarters covered. But when it comes to attracting bigger artists, the price could go up as well.

"We could see anything from a 17  dollar ticket to upwards of 45 depending on level of artist,"  said Argabrite.

The goal is to keep it within reason and put Iroquois on the map with other nationwide venues like Denver or Chicago.

Here is a list of the 2012 SEASON:

April 29  Louisville Youth Orchestra

May 20 The Monarchs and The Ladies for Liberty

June 3 The Louisville Winds

June 9 The Shins

June 16 Corey Smith

June 19 Alice Cooper

June 23 Black Jacket Symphony Orchestra

June 29 David Gray

July 27-28 Kentucky Music Weekend

August 5 Rufus Wainwright

August 11 Brandi Carlile

August 17-25 HMS Pinafore