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Vocal Trash Brings “Upcycled” Instruments, Unique Sound To Dollywood

Published May 9, 2018 / Last Updated May 9, 2018
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Vocal Trash set to perform in Dollywood’s new Plaza at Wilderness Pass during May

As Dollywood’s Season of Showstoppers continues, a refreshing new performance group visits during May, but as talented as they are, it’s their instruments that may catch guests’ attention.

Vocal Trash, which performs in Dollywood’s new Plaza at Wilderness Pass May 9-11 and May 16-24, is best described as “music with a message.” This environmentally-minded cast combines high-energy singers, drummers and dancers to captivate Dollywood audiences with a meaningful experience they won’t soon forget.

“In a day and age where family entertainment is becoming more and more difficult to find, we feel Dollywood is the perfect opportunity to present a positive family-friendly experience for everyone,” group co-founder and performer Steve Linder said. “We are honored to be part of such an admirable brand for good, clean fun and have always considered Dolly herself to be a positive force for the community based on her history of giving back to those who need it.”

Vocal Trash has played to crowds across the nation, presenting their own unique take on recycling and conservation through their “upcycled” musical instruments. The group’s instruments all come from items that most people would consider refuse. Vocal Trash, however, wants to remind audiences that many items have a second useful life.

The Vocal Trash ensemble uses a toolbox bass and an upright milk urn bass. Their percussion section consists of metal trash cans, PVC pipes, pots and pans, and water bottles and jugs, among other landfill-rescued items. The group combines breakdancing, singing, comedy and more to create an experience guests have never seen before.

The band’s message also includes their THINK Program. Utilizing song and dance, the curriculum provides useful methods to teach young minds that their imagination can help them find meaningful ways to reuse items that normally would end up in a landfill. With the number of school groups traveling to Dollywood in the spring, Vocal Trash’s performances are perfect for visiting students.

“Vocal Trash encourages both children and adults to use their imagination in a meaningful and lasting way as it relates to ‘eco-friendly living,’” Linder explained.

For more information about Vocal Trash and Dollywood’s Season of Showstoppers, please visit Dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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GRAMMY Award Winners, Former Dancing With The Stars Performers At Dollywood’s Festival Of Nations

Published March 13, 2018 / Last Updated March 19, 2018
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Dollywood’s Festival Of Nations (March 16 – April 9) includes GRAMMY Award winners, former Dancing with the Stars performers and more!

With Dollywood’s emphasis on show-stopping entertainment in 2018, the park’s annual Festival of Nations kicks off the new season with a multi-cultural event featuring world-renowned talent. The celebration takes place March 16-April 9 and lets guests take a trip around the world without leaving the Smokies.

This colorful, interactive event marks the beginning of Dollywood’s Season of Showstoppers. Enjoy cultural music, food and crafts that immerse the entire family in festive fun.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

GRAMMY award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo have transcended musical barriers to produce awe-inspiring projects with artists such as Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and even Dolly Parton herself. The group sings of peace, love and harmony. Now in its sixth decade they have produced more than 60 albums. They won their fifth GRAMMY in January, this time for Best World Music Album. Their name is a combination of Ladysmith, South Africa (the group’s hometown), the color of oxen (one of the strongest farm animals), and the Zulu word for “chopping axe” (a symbol of the group’s vocal strength). Ladysmith Black Mambazo songs have been featured in multiple motion pictures, and the group even traveled to Norway with Nelson Mandela to perform when he received the Nobel Peace Prize. Guests can find this talented group at the Showstreet Palace Theater.

National Dance Company of Siberia

Founded in 1960, the National Dance Company of Siberia has wowed audiences around the globe with colorful and expressive dance, traditional folk music and vivid costumes. This renowned dance company brings their amazing performance to life for guests in a must-see display of talent and passion. High energy, dazzling colors and authentic Siberian customs combine for an astonishing visual masterpiece. See the National Dance Company of Siberia in the park’s largest theater, DP’s Celebrity Theater

The Flamenco Kings Featuring Los Vivancos

Los Vivancos is comprised of seven Spanish brothers who traveled the world before studying at the prestigious Barcelona Dance Conservatory. Drawing from their years of study, Los Vivancos have created an eclectic style that combines flamenco, ballet, martial arts, street dance, theater and acrobatics into one thrilling, non-stop performance that truly showcases their charisma and flair. The brothers have served as guest performers on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Their show, The Flamenco Kings featuring Los Vivancos, is located in Pines Theater.

Dollywood’s Festival of Nations 2018 Lineup

JigJam – This quartet hails from the heart of Ireland and blends the best of traditional Irish music with the unique sound of American bluegrass to create a genre of music affectionately known as “Celtgrass.” The group has been humorously described as “the best Irish group so far in bluegrass.” Thanks to their gregarious personalities and entertaining antics, this show is an upbeat, foot-stomping good time Dollywood guests won’t want to miss. Location: Back Porch Theater

Invaders Steel Orchestra – One of the world’s oldest and most respected steel drum bands, Invaders Steel Orchestra celebrates more than 75 years of creating festive music for audiences around the world. This guest-favorite group returns to Dollywood to bring the tropical sounds of the Caribbean to the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. While the songs they play are familiar, the unique sounds of Invaders Steel Orchestra’s drums will transport guests to a sandy beach far away. Location: The Valley Theater

Atahualpa – Hailing from Ecuador, Atahualpa combines native Incan instruments with contemporary backups to celebrate the history and culture of the Andes Mountains. Atahualpa’s mix of songs includes contemporary music, South American dance rhythms, as well as the traditional music of the Andes. Through their sharing of music, culture and heritage, Atahualpa hopes to promote brotherhood, friendship and peace to all the people of the world. Location: Showstreet Gazebo

Zebra Stelzentheater – Zebra Stelzentheater features German stilt dancers in original costumes who perform while roaming the streets of Dollywood. They are always looking for guest interaction, so be on the lookout for fun. This lively troop is always on the search for new friends! Location: Roaming

Taste of Nations

Guests also can find food from around the globe at various locations throughout Dollywood. Items include Elote w/Pimente Espelette, Citrus Ancho & Coca-Cola Braised Beef Tostada, Lamb or Chicken Gyros, Crepe Suzette, Pad Thai and much more!

Dollywood’s “Season of Showstoppers”

Dollywood’s Festival of Nations sets the stage for a show-stopping 2018 season. The park celebrates the arrival of spring with the all-new Spring Mix Music Series April 11-29. Spring Mix includes performances by artists including The Marshall Tucker Band and Amy Grant. Also see Pam Tillis, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Crystal Gayle and more. Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 25-June 10) includes more than 350 performances by the best in bluegrass, while the park’s Summer Celebration features iLuminate, DRUMLine Live and Dan Dunn’s PaintJam. Extended hours and nightly fireworks shows highlight Dollywood’s summer season, June 16-Aug. 5. Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 28-Nov. 3) features Southern gospel’s greatest performers alongside the second year for the guest-favorite Great Pumpkin LumiNights. Dollywood’s 2018 season concludes with the ten-time winner for Best Theme Park Christmas Event. See Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana, Nov. 10-Jan. 5, 2019.

Season Passes

If there has ever been a year to take advantage of the value of a Dollywood season pass, this is it. A number of new entertainment options (all included with park admission) are available throughout the season. And guests certainly will want to make several return visits in 2018!

Guests can learn more about Dollywood’s Season of Showstoppers by visiting Dollywood.com or calling 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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Dolly Parton’s Spectacular Dinner Show

Published March 9, 2018 / Last Updated July 20, 2018
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Experience “A 2018 Celebration” at Dolly Parton’s Spectacular Dinner Show

The marvel of acrobatics, aerial wonders and incredible entertainment create memorable moments for guests experiencing the Spectacular Dinner Show at Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures. The show is set to debut on Friday, March 16, in Pigeon Forge, TN.

This family-oriented fun-filled action and spectacle begins upon entering the Outpost. There you’ll find old-time games, Dolly trivia and Magical Makeovers (where children of all ages can transform into a beautiful Princess or lovable Puppy). The Outpost also has snacks and refreshments as you await the main show in Celebration Ridge.

Fabulous Four-Course Feast

Upon entering Celebration Ridge, the dining experience begins with a fabulous four-course feast. This mouth-watering meal treats guests to tantalizing tastes of creamy vegetable soup, homemade biscuits, sugar-cured ham, pan fried chicken, signature macaroni and cheese, sweet potato delight and a specialty dessert. Adding spice and the flavor of fun to the show’s meal are the exuberance and whimsy of comedic characters that will take guests through the first of a series of adventures that make up this dynamic show.

A 2018 Celebration

The real celebration and thrills begin with music, dance, special effects and acrobatics led by an energetic Master of Ceremonies and his songstress partner, set in a small Smoky Mountain town preparing itself for an epic celebration. Performances and breathtaking showmanship soon take center stage as the cast creates true excitement through a combination of feats rarely seen together in a single show. Experience tumblers that fascinate the eyes, music that sparks a song in every heart and acrobatic feats that touch the heart and soul, combined with laughter and smiles that bring families and memories to the forefront of this mountain celebration of life and love. Visitors will be amazed by the seemingly impossible feat that is the amazing Fire-wheel, twirling and spinning several stories high with incredible precision and creating a sense of wonder.

“Our show will cause your spirit to soar,” said Smoky Mountain Adventures General Manager Jamie Parish. “I watch our amazing company of performers nightly and see something new and exciting that amazes me every time. We can’t wait to share that celebration spirit with each of our visitors.”

This Spectacular Dinner Show quickly becomes a passport to a world of wonder, laughter and memories seldom found in the hubbub of today’s world.

For the complete show schedule, contact the box office at 844-322-4400 or visit DPDinnerShowTickets.com or SmokyMountainAdventures.com for tickets.

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Dollywood Announces 2018 Festival Of Nations Lineup

Published February 2, 2018 / Last Updated February 2, 2018
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Entertainment is in the spotlight during Dollywood’s 2018 season.

During 2018, guests will be treated to an exciting new Festival of Nations lineup, thrilling summer shows and more great entertainment throughout the season. If there has ever been a year to take advantage of the value of a Dollywood season pass, this is it. With a number of new entertainment options (all included with park admission) available throughout the season, guests certainly will want to make several return visits in 2018.

Festival of Nations (March 17- April 9)

The season begins with Dollywood’s Festival of Nations (March 17- April 9), a fascinating festival offering a captivating glimpse at a number of cultures from across the globe. Three internationally-known groups—all new to Dollywood in 2018—headline this season’s festival. The National Dance Company of Siberia, The Flamenco Kings starring Los Vivancos and Ladysmith Black Mambazo—who worked with Dolly Parton on her 1996 album Treasures—bring three unique, high-energy shows to Dollywood.

Also new to Festival of Nations in 2018 is JigJam, a quartet from the heart of Ireland that blends traditional Irish music with bluegrass to create a new genre known as “Celtgrass.” Perennial Festival of Nations favorites including the Caribbean’s Invaders Steel Drum Orchestra and Ecuador’s Atahualpa return to provide guests a fun, educational escape around the world without leaving the heart of the Smokies.

Spring Mix (April 11- 29)

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.

Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 25 – June 10)

Dollywood’s popular Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 25 – June 10) adds an extra week in 2018 and includes performances by Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Dailey & Vincent, The Grascals and many more.

Summer Celebration (June 16 – Aug. 5)

Dollywood’s Summer Celebration (June 16 – Aug. 5) is just that—a time to celebrate making memories with family at a place everyone enjoys! This summertime event features extended park hours, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (park hours are extended to midnight on June 30 and July 7). America’s Got Talent finalists iLuminate bring their electrified glow-in-the-dark costumes to perform dynamic dance routines and illusions which will mesmerize guests, while DRUMLine Live! creates a synchronized musical masterpiece based on the hit 2002 movie Drumline—but it’s not the typical halftime performance! To complete the day, the park’s festive nightly fireworks show is a colorful extravaganza set to uplifting music which celebrates the fun of Dollywood after dark!

Harvest Festival (Sept. 28 – Nov. 3)

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 28 – Nov. 3) provides more fall family fun with the expansion of the new guest-favorite Great Pumpkin LumiNights and the largest Southern gospel event in America. Dollywood is open until 9 p.m. every night during the festival.

Smoky Mountain Christmas (Nov. 10 – Jan. 5, 2019)

Celebrating a decade of being honored as the Best Christmas Event at any theme park worldwide, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 10 – Jan. 5, 2019) provides the perfect holiday atmosphere to put families in the Christmas spirit. For the first time, the park is open every day during the festival, except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For guests who wander through the park’s more than four million holiday lights, enjoy the spectacular holiday performances and warm Christmas atmosphere, or taste the holiday-themed food, it is easy to understand why it has become a family tradition for so many.

Dollywood won the 2017 Golden Ticket from Amusement Today for Best Entertainment at any theme park in the world. The honor was the ninth consecutive triumph for the park in that category. With Parton’s commitment to show-stopping entertainment in 2018, Dollywood looks to lead the way in securing its 10th victory in the category.

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Spring Mix Music Series Schedule At Dollywood

Published February 2, 2018 / Last Updated February 2, 2018
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Dollywood’s “Season of Showstoppers” includes an impressive line-up of award-winning stars.

With Dollywood’s “Season of Showstoppers” now on the horizon and with the buzz surrounding Dollywood’s Spring Mix continuing to grow, excited concert-goers can begin circling dates on the calendar as the lineup has been set for the park’s impressive new music series.

If there has ever been a year to take advantage of the value of a Dollywood season pass, this is it. With a number of new entertainment options (all included with park admission) available throughout the season, guests certainly will want to make several return visits in 2018.

Spring Mix (April 11- 29)

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.

The first week includes classic country artists like Crystal Gayle, Shenandoah, Pam Tillis and Dollywood entertainment alumnus, Suzy Bogguss. 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 and The Atlanta Rhythm Section entertain park guests during the final week of the event.

The Atlanta Rhythm Section
The Blind Boys of Alabama
Chonda Pierce
Connie Smith
Crystal Gayle
Debby Boone
Firefall
The Marshall Tucker Band

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.).

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