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New Artpark ticketing plan to debut with Dolly Parton show

When country music superstar Dolly Parton opens the Artpark summer season on June 12, concertgoers will be the first to see the venue’s new ticketing plan that includes seating for what it is calling a “special event concert.”

And it comes with a price tag that will range from $22 for people who bring their own chairs to almost $1,900 for an experience that will include a photo with Parton.

These changes continue an evolution of the Artpark concerts which for a number of years included a mix of ticketed shows and free concerts on Tuesday and Wednesday. In recent years, Artpark has started charging for all concerts.

In a joint statement from Artpark Executive Director Sonia Clark and Management Consultant George Osborne, this new seating arrangement was called “a new model for Artpark which we hope may open the doors to more opportunities to present major talent of this caliber while preserving the low ticket prices at the Tuesdays and Wednesdays series in general. Artpark’s ticket prices are substantially lower than other venues on Dolly Parton’s tour. We aim to continue to make tickets affordable as we present more events of this nature.”

For the Parton show, patrons will be able to choose from four pricing plans that include reserved seats or general admission with and without chairs.

Here’s the rundown:

• General admission (no chairs provided; one chair per person carry-in is permitted): $22.

• General admission grass bowl seating, with chairs provided: $52.

• General admission front of stage seating with chairs are provided: $77.

• Reserved seating, with numbered chairs provided: $77.

Parton’s tour also is offering a limited number of VIP tickets priced at $575 and $1,875; they go on sale at 10 a.m. April 13.

Tickets for the concert go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. April 15 at the Artpark box office, online at tickets.com and artpark.net and by phone at (888) 223-6000.

The Parton concert is an addition to the Artpark summer concert season, which includes the popular annual Tuesday and Wednesday night summer concert series also held in the amphitheater area.

Previously, these shows were general admission standing but this year, Artpark has added a limited number of new reserved seats for the Tuesday and Wednesday concerts. These $27 tickets give patrons a seat provided next to the soundboard area, 100 feet from the stage. General admission tickets for the Tuesday and Wednesday concerts are $12.

All concerts are scheduled to be held rain or shine. To see a seating map, visit artpark.net.

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