One of the most anticipated events of Dollywood’s Season of Showstoppers—the Spring Mix music series—has guests buzzing with excitement as more than 30 award-winning artists prepare to take to the park’s stages this month.
“I’m so excited to perform at Dollywood this spring”
Dollywood’s Spring Mix (April 11- 29) features three weeks of stellar performances across multiple genres. The impressive roster of Spring Mix artists have combined to earn 42 gold albums, 18 platinum albums, 25 Grammys, 12 Country Music Association Awards, 10 American Country Music Awards, four American Music Association Awards and 56 Dove Awards.
If there ever has been a year to take advantage of the value of a Dollywood season pass, this is it. All concerts are included with park admission, so guests planning to see artists appearing on different days should consider a season pass.
The first week includes classic country artists like Pam Tillis, Shenandoah, T.G. Sheppard, Suzy Bogguss and Connie Smith. The second week plays host to inspirational artists including Amy Grant, The Blind Boys of Alabama and comedienne Chonda Pierce – also known as “The Queen of Clean.” Classic artists like The Marshall Tucker Band, The Drifters, Atlanta Rhythm Section and Debby Boone entertain park guests during the final week of the event.
A limited number of reserved seating options are available for guests to guarantee their seats in the show of their choice. These packages—some of which include dinner at Front Porch Café, t-shirt and more—are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Packages are available at www.dollywood.com or by calling 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.
Even with all of the opportunities these iconic performers have had during their careers, the chance to play at Dolly Parton’s theme park is something they all hold in high regard. Atlanta Rhythm Section makes their Dollywood debut on Friday, April 27.
“We have been around for nearly 50 years, but there are always goals that you want to achieve,” said Rodney Justo, lead singer and founder of the group. “Finally, The Atlanta Rhythm Section gets to perform at Dollywood. We’re looking forward to seeing Dolly’s fans, as well as ours. One more off the bucket list!”
Superstar Grant anticipates her chance to grace the stage of Dollywood’s Celebrity Theater. She kicks off the inspirational week of performances on Wednesday, April 18.
“I’m so excited to perform at Dollywood this spring,” said the six-time Grammy winner and 22-time Dove Award winner. “I’m a longtime admirer of Dolly’s, so what a great opportunity this is going to be for me and for so many of my friends to gather for a day of music and adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains! There couldn’t be a more beautiful backdrop. I hope to see everyone there!”
Bogguss, a Dollywood entertainment alumnus, looks forward to her return as she and Gayle open the series on Wednesday, April 11.
“It’s always a homecoming of sorts when I play Dollywood,” Bogguss said. “Not only did I hone my show while I was there the first season in 1986, but I also got my record deal and became engaged! Lots of warm fuzzy memories as you’d guess, and I can’t wait to be back.”
2018 Dollywood Spring Mix Concert Schedule*
Week One (Country)
Wednesday, April 11- Crystal Gayle and Suzy Bogguss
Thursday, April 12- Shenandoah and Restless Heart
Friday, April 13- Janie Fricke and The Malpass Brothers
Saturday, April 14- Connie Smith and Mandy Barnett
Sunday, April 15- T.G. Sheppard and Sylvia
Monday, April 16- Pam Tillis and Exile
Tuesday, April 17- DOLLYWOOD CLOSED
Week Two (Inspirational)
Wednesday, April 18- Amy Grant and The Martins
Thursday, April 19- Chonda Pierce and Triumphant Quartet
Friday, April 20- David Phelps and Wayne Watson
Saturday, April 21- Blind Boys of Alabama and Dallas Holm
Sunday, April 22- The McKameys and Carman
Monday, April 23- Selah and Larnelle Harris
Tuesday, April 24- DOLLYWOOD CLOSED
Week Three (Classic)
Wednesday, April 25- The Marshall Tucker Band and The Drifters
Thursday, April 26- Orleans and Al Stewart
Friday, April 27- Atlanta Rhythm Section and Maureen McGovern
Saturday, April 28- Firefall and In My Life: A Beatles Tribute
Sunday, April 29- Debby Boone and The Tams
*Artists currently scheduled to appear. Performer listed first appears in DP’s Celebrity Theater; performer listed second appears at Showstreet Palace Theater. Artists at DP’s Celebrity Theater have two one-hour performances (2 and 5 p.m.), while those at Showstreet Palace Theater have three 40-minutes performances (2:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.).
For more information about the Spring Mix music series, please visit www.dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.
About The Dollywood Company: A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of more than 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 26 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). The park is located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which celebrated record attendance in 2017. Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today in 2014 and 2017, and TripAdvisor recognized Dollywood as a top-20 worldwide theme park in 2015. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel and TripAdvisor as one of the country’s most beautiful water parks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from mid-May to Labor Day. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, which received the 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.
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