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                                Booker T. Jones comes to KPC Nov. 8.

Courtesy photo Booker T. Jones comes to KPC Nov. 8.

Music legends coming to Kirkland Performance Center

Booker T. Jones and Micky Dolenz are two of KPC’s most anticipated November shows.

Legendary acts are coming to the Kirkland Performance Center this month.

Soul music legend Booker T. Jones will take the stage Nov. 8. As part of the first house band for Stax Records, he formed the category-defining group Booker T. & the MG’s. Now a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, winner of four Grammy Awards and recipient of the Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement, he will perform the songs that make up his musical identity and material from his new album “Note By Note.”

KPC executive director, Jeff Lockhart, said having Jones at KPC is a big deal.

“I was super beyond excited when we signed him,” Lockhart said. “To have people like Booker T. — someone who has helped define modern soul music — is really remarkable.”

After the show, Jones will greet fans and sign copies of his memoir “Time is Tight” and new album “Note By Note.” He announced his tour on his Instagram account and said he was looking forward to the tour, which began Oct. 29 in New York.

Lockhart said audiences can look forward to have an intimate, live experience with Jones.

“It’s going to be amazing just to see him live and in-person,” Lockhart said. “It’s going to be so special.”

The following night, Nov. 9, Micky Dolenz will take on the KPC stage. Dolenz is best known as the lead singer for the 1960s rock band and TV show, The Monkees.

Lockhart said it’s a real honor to have Dolenz at KPC. As a longtime music lover, he said he grew up with a Monkees’ posters on his wall.

Dolenz will be performing all the hits Monkees fans remember and love, including hits “I’m a Believer,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” “Daydream Believer” and more.

“You’ll know every song and it’ll be a lot of fun,” Lockhart said.

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Having music legends like Dolenz and Jones coming to the Kirkland community is exciting, Lockhart said.

“It’s so cool that acts like these are coming to KPC,” he said. “We’re continuing to extend our reach and we’re getting more known as a place for artists to come. It’s fantastic.”

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Micky Dolenz comes to KPC Nov. 9. Courtesy photo

Micky Dolenz comes to KPC Nov. 9. Courtesy photo

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