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Dolly Parton announces Kent concert appearance

Dolly Parton arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards April 3 in Las Vegas. Parton announced Monday she will perform Sept. 21 at the ShoWare Center in Kent.
Dolly Parton arrives at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards April 3 in Las Vegas. Parton announced Monday she will perform Sept. 21 at the ShoWare Center in Kent. Invision

Country superstar Dolly Parton is coming to Kent on Sept. 21, part of a new “Pure & Simple” tour she announced Monday afternoon.

Parton will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the ShoWare Center in Kent. The first leg of the tour will include 16 stops, starting June 3 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Described as her biggest tour in more than 20 years, Parton will perform in support of a new double album, “Pure and Simple with Dolly’s Biggest Hits,” coming out later this summer. The albums will include some of Parton’s most popular hits as well as some new songs.

The 70-year-old Parton’s career includes 25 No. 1 songs on the Billboard country chart, a record for a female performer. The sales of all her singles, albums, hits collections and digital downloads have topped 100 million copies.

She also has received seven Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association awards, five Academy of Country Music awards. She has her own theme park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and has appeared in multiple movies, including “9 to 5,” “Steel Magnolias” and “Joyful Noise.” In addition, she starred in her own television movie “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.”

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday. They can be purchased at the center’s box office 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, by calling 866-973-9613 or at showarecenter.com. Prices are $39.50-$125 in advance and an additional $5 at the door.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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