Solomon Khup A Behind The Scenes Player at Iroquois Amphitheater

Solomon Khupp
Solomon Khupp

From Metro Parks staff

On Nov. 13, the best and the brightest in the hospitality industry in Louisville will gather at the Marriott Hotel downtown for the Rose Awards, hosted by the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Solomon Khup, as a nominee in the “Behind The Scenes” category, is critical to the success of the events hosted at the Iroquois Amphitheater, which include concerts, free movie nights and other events, including the Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular. Here’s what Michael Hallett, production manager at the Amphitheater, said about Khup’s value to the team at the Amphitheater in his nomination essay:

“Mr. Solomon Khup is in his 6th year at Metro Parks and Recreation. He takes care of the back of house functions here at the Iroquois Amphitheater. The size and scope of Solomon’s daily duties are vast. Solomon is involved in custodial, maintenance, janitorial and is usually the first point of contact with our clients when they arrive for set-up. Our clients are varied from Music celebrities to our immediate neighbors coming to watch a free Monday night movie. His serene nature and friendly disposition amazes everyone.

Mr. Khup takes total ownership for the condition of our facility. We strive for a level of quality and cleanliness not often found in outdoor music venues. We are open to the elements and all the park animals which have made for some wild days. I remember when we removed a large black snake from the seating area right before we opened. But more seriously, Solomon encounters all the unpleasant aspects of what large concert venue’s deal with when you have crowds of hundreds who are consuming alcohol. He has never hesitated to correct any cleaning issue that has occurred.

Solomon is at best an example of the human spirit. His personal journey alone is a success story most would be proud of.  Solomon is from Myanmar/Burma. He came here alone and made Louisville his new home. His citizenship is a source of pride to him.  He has overcome language and cultural barriers to become a successful employee. Still a young man, he wants to retire here expanding his role and responsibilities. The Amphitheater and the citizens of Louisville could not be better served.”


Iroquois Amphitheater 75th Anniversary Celebration

The Iroquois Amphitheater ended its 75th Anniversary season with a BANG! Wonderful performances by the University of Louisville Big Band Jazz Ensemble and Justin Paul Lewis.  Attendees  celebrated with a cocktail hour, tour of the facility and dancing onstage. In a special moment to commemorate this anniversary; past and present performers, musicians, crew members, ushers, and patrons were invited to join us for a photograph on stage.

75th group
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If you were unable to attend the 75th Anniversary event, we also unveiled a short film (25 min.) depicting the history of the Amphitheater and its impact on the community. Check it out!

Celebrating 75 Years With the Iroquois Amphitheater


By Mike Slaton
Iroquois Amphitheater General Manager

We are excited to celebrate 75 years of magic at the Iroquois Amphitheater!

The popular Coors Light Iroquois Amphitheater Summer Concert Series returns this year, with even more excitement than before. The season kicks off with hometown favorites Houndmouth on April 26th.

We’re looking forward to great shows from Brandi Carlile, Gregg Allman, Local Natives, Michael Franti, and more!


Our summer musical is Gilbert & Sullivan’s beloved “The Pirates of Penzance,” running August 8-17. This production features some of Louisville’s finest performers and promises to be a fun-filled time for the whole family!

The Iroquois Amphitheater Presents series returns featuring, FREE performances all summer long. Highlights include The Monarchs, The Louisville Winds, U of L Dance Theater, Appalatin, and The Louisville Vocal Project. All performances are free, but donations are welcome to help support programming.

Speaking of support, did you know that starting this year you can Sponsor A Seat? For just $100, you can inscribe your name, or the name of a loved one, on a seat of your choosing, It’s a great way to show your support of quality programming at your Iroquois Amphitheater!

We’re also excited that Garrison Keillor is bringing his Prairie Home Companion’s Radio Romance Tour to the amphitheater on July 20. Get your tickets early, this promises to be a night to remember, and is sure to sell out!

And of course, we’ll keep showing great films this summer, with Movies Under the Stars on the second weekend of May through September, and  in June and July.

We hope to see you a lot this summer! Walk, drive, bike, or take a bus. We’ve expanded our menu options and our picnic area, so grab a hot dog, popcorn, beer or soda when you get here, and sit back and enjoy our 75th year of making magic under the stars!

PS. You’re invited to the Iroquois Amphitheater 75th Anniversary Celebration on September 22. Stay tuned for details!

Escape to Your Iroquois Amphitheater This Summer!

By Mike Slaton
Iroquois Amphitheater General Manager

What an exciting season we have lined up!

We will be hosting at least 14 concerts this year, and this will be the third year in a row we have more than doubled the number of national acts to play at the amphitheater! We’re looking forward to great shows from The Shins, Alice Cooper, David Gray, Corey Smith, Rufus Wainright, Black Jacket Symphony and more!

The Counting Crows
Coming to the Iroquois Amphitheater June 25th

Live theater has always been a part of the amphitheater and we are proud to continue that tradition with Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS PINAFORE in August. This production features some of Louisville’s finest performers and promises to be a fun-filled time for the whole family!

We are expanding our arts programming with our inaugural Iroquois Amphitheater Presents series featuring concert music and dance. The series kicked off with the Louisville Winds on June 3.
Kentucky Music Weekend returns the last weekend of July. As always, it’s free!

Did you know we moved indoors for the winter last year?
Last fall, we created “Parkside Studio: Inside At Iroquois,” a flexible ‘Black Box’ theater capable of holding about 100 seats and presenting an intimate experience very different than the outdoor experience you’re used to. It was christened with a staged reading of Sinclair Lewis’s “It Can’t Happen Here” and Theatre 502’s “Broadsword,” a contemporary heavy metal play. We’re looking forward to a full season of contemporary and classical plays this fall!

David Gray
Performing at the Iroquois Amphitheater June 29th

And of course, we’ll keep showing great films this summer, with Movies Under the Stars on the second weekend of May through September, and Monday Night Movies in June and July.

We hope to see you a lot this summer! Walk, drive, bike, or take a bus. Grab an Ehrler’s ice cream cone, hot dog, popcorn, beer or soda when you get here, and sit back and enjoy our 74th year of making magic under the stars!”








And The Winner Is…

Iroquois Park!

Iroquois Park

Iroquois Park is the 2012 Parks Madness Champion and will be the featured park in the next Metro Parks recreation guide.

I would like to take a moment to thank all of our stupendous parks that participated this year and give a special thanks to all who voted and followed along in this year’s inaugural Parks Madness tournament.  I hope that you got a laugh or two out of our silly voting commentary and learned a little about the amazing parks Louisville has to offer.

Parks Madness Championship!

It’s been a long and grueling tournament, but championship day is finally here. The championship poll will close the morning of April 9th.  

(The Championship poll has ended, visit the results page.)

Iroquois vs. Creason

By now (if you’ve been following the Parks Madness tournament) you are at least familiar with Iroquois and Joe Creason Park.  But which park deserves to be the 2012 Parks Madness champion?

Iroquois Park was planned by Frederick Law Olmsted as a “scenic reservation” of forested hillsides and breathtaking vistas. The park features the WPA-era Iroquois Amphitheater, an open-air theater that accommodates 2,407 people.  Acquired in 1888, Iroquois Park includes a network of pedestrian paths, bridle trails, and circuit drives.  The lands were set aside as a preserve and developed for access and enjoyment with the forests remaining essentially intact.

Iroquois Park
Iroquois Park

Joe Creason Park is the remainder of the former Ben Collings Estate, which was assembled from several pieces of two large estates that were founded almost 200 years ago. Ben Collings died in 1951. His wife, Bess, inherited the estate at his death, and sold off about half to private interests, and to the Archdiocese of Louisville. After she died in 1965, Bellarmine University purchased the remainder of the estate. And in 1966, the city paid Bellarmine approximately $600,000 for 68 acres, including the mansion.

Joe Creason Park
Joe Creason Park

Vote for your Champion!


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Parkside Studio: A Success?

By Amy Attaway
Co-Artistic Director, Theatre [502]

With the recent conclusion of 2011, I’m reflecting on everything Theatre [502] did during our inaugural season.  One of the biggest risks we took was helping to create and christen the new Parkside Studio space at Iroquois Amphitheater.  Was it a good idea to try something so huge in our first season?  Would our audience drive all the way out Third Street to see us?  Would we be able to reach out to the people in the Iroquois neighborhood to come see our crazy show about heavy metal?  And most importantly, would we be able to convince people that it really wasn’t outside?

The answer to all of those questions is emphatically, YES.  We had a wonderful experience with all of the staff at Iroquois, who worked with our designers and technicians to create a fantastic little theatre space.  People are still talking to me about how cool it was to enter the theatre through the backstage dressing room hallway.  Our regular audience managed to find the new space just fine, and no one complained about venturing so far away from the Highlands.  And, on the last weekend of performances, we saw more and more zip codes from south Louisville, which hardly ever happens when we perform downtown.

Theatre [502] is proud to be a part of opening this great new space to our sister theatre companies all over the city!