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For King + Country Headlines Dollywood’s Rock the Smokies

Guest-favorite event takes place Aug. 19

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Tuesday, May 2, 2023) — The Smokies “rock” this August thanks to Dollywood’s popular contemporary Christian event, Rock the Smokies. The event, which provides an inspirational way for families and church groups to end the summer, takes place Saturday, Aug. 19, and features headline performances in DP’s Celebrity Theater by FOR KING + COUNTRY.

Quadruple GRAMMY-winning duo FOR KING + COUNTRY returns to Dollywood hot off their most recent album What Are We Waiting For? Joel and Luke Smallbone, the Australian-born brothers who comprise the duo, used the abundance of time they had during the pandemic to pour themselves into their music. Thanks to a diverse group of producers and collaborators, the new album marks a profound and professional growth for the brothers as it reflects the state of the world and their growth as men, fathers, husbands and humans.

Anne Wilson also joins FOR KING + COUNTRY in DP’s Celebrity Theater. Rock the Smokies will feature several other contemporary Christian artists performing on stages throughout the park, including Luke Bower, Brennley Brown, Emerson Day, and Megan Woods. All performances outside of DP’s Celebrity Theater are free with park admission.

Tickets for the headline events are extremely popular, and premium seats tend to sell out quickly. Sign-ups for an exclusive pre-sale take place at Pre-sale begins Thursday, May 4, at 10 a.m., with tickets on sale to the general public on Friday, May 5 at 10 a.m. Super early bird pricing is available. Tickets are good for seats in DP’s Celebrity Theater shows only; all other general admission concerts are first come, first served.

Meet & Greet opportunities are available through the platinum VIP package. Special Dollywood season passholder pricing also is available on the event website.

By combining all the adventure of a day at the theme park with great music, Dollywood has crafted a unique event packed with fun for all ages. A ticket purchase includes admission to Dollywood. Discounts are available for groups, season passholders and guests who order tickets early. Packages are available that include VIP seating, t-shirts, pictures with the artists and much more!

For more information about the event, visit To learn more about multi-day ticket options or 2023 Dollywood season passes, visit or download the Dollywood app.


About Dollywood Parks & Resorts: A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 165-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; and Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa. Currently under construction, the 302-room Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge & Resort is scheduled for completion in 2023. 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 48 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 28 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment. The park is located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park and was named in 2022 by Tripadvisor as the #1 theme park in the country based on actual guest reviews. It also has been recognized as a top-three U.S. theme park by USA Today on multiple occasions. Dollywood is open mid-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, operates from mid-May to Labor Day. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, a favorite of USA Today voters and Tripadvisor reviewers, provides guests with spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. For more information, visit Operating days and hours vary.

Media Contacts:

Pete Owens: Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, (865) 428-9486, (865) 755-7972 or [email protected]

Wes Ramey: Public Relations Director, (865) 428-9484, (865) 640-3805 or [email protected]

Ellen Liston: Public Relations Manager, (865) 428-9629, (865) 919-7001 or [email protected]

Jennifer Webb: Publicist, (865) 428-9602, (865) 323-7584 or [email protected]

Josh Sauer: Publicist, (865) 428-9891, (865) 323-2653 or [email protected]

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