The Grassroots Acoustica troupe will be saluting country music icon Dolly Parton on her birthday, in a benefit for Grassroots Acoustica Foundation, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at The Talking Stick Coffee Lounge, 1411 C Lincoln Blvd., in Venice.
The Grassroots Acoustica Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works to inspire musicians and music fans to support local charities through benefit concerts.
The Grassroots Acoustica troupe of local singers/songwriters will perform roughly three dozen Parton songs that include classics such as “Coat of Many Colors,” and “I Will Always Love You,” duets and collaborations, movie themes and pop hits. Parton has received accolades including eight Grammy Awards, a Songwriters Hall of Fame induction, a Kennedy Center honor for excellence, and been called the “Queen of Country Music.”
Featured tribute performers include Debra Davis, Dudley Saunders, Karen Tobin, Lauren Adams, Lauri Reimer, Lisa Johnson, Lois Blaisch, Marc Francoeur, host Mark Islam, Nicole Gordon, Paul Zollo, Steve Smith and Wendy Conrad.
The five-year-old songwriter showcase meets on the second Saturday of every month, never charges a cover, and has raised over $56,000 in voluntary contributions supporting education, arts, social services, medical research and animal rescue organizations, said event organizers.
Information, (310) 450-6052, or www.thetalkingstick.net.

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