Singer-songwriter, actress, philanthropist, businesswoman and true national treasure Dolly Parton turns 77 on January 19th. In an illustrious career spanning over six decades, the country music legend has worked 9 to 5 (with tons of overtime) to bring us some of the most insightful songs of the modern era. With her easy charm and grace, she has also become one of the most beloved figures in pop culture.
“It seems so rare to find someone as sincere as Dolly. There is something familiar and comforting about her. Whether it’s in the human condition or from a woman’s point of view, she’s very attractive,” says singer-songwriter Austin Katherine Legendre.
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Legendre admires Parton’s “courage, wit, awareness and positivity” and is inspired by her skillful songwriting. “With her depth, dedication and ever-growing catalogue, she sets the bar that I really aspire to,” says Legendre.
Legendre will take the stage Thursday to honor Parton during the third annual Dolly Birthday Bash and Tribute Show at the Sagebrush in South Austin. Other artists on the bill include Bridget Bandit, Darcy Carlson, Paige Pleasance and Devin Jake.
In addition to music, the event will feature pop-ups of Dolly merch and vintage clothing from Feels So Good, Rosehound Apparel and Ramblin Rose. There is also a Dolly look-alike contest.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Austin branch of the Parton Imagination Library, a program that provides free books to children in need.
If one day of Dolly’s wasn’t enough, local birthday celebrations continue on Friday with the Empire Garage hosting the Dolly Party, a touring event dubbed “a western-inspired country diva dance party inspired by Dolly Parton.” Expect to hear your favorite Dolly songs mixed with tracks by Reba McIntyre, Carrie Underwood, The Chicks, Tina Turner, Donna Summer and more.
Dolly tribute show in Sagebrush: 8:00 pm Thursday, $15 up front, $20 daily show, sagebrushtexas.com.
Dolly’s Dance Party at Empire: 8:30 pm, Friday, $15 Empireatx.com.
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