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Pitbull will play Washington State Fair in September

Rapper Pitbull will anchor the final concert of the Washington State Fair this year, it was announced Monday.

Tickets for the Sunday, Sept. 27 concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Pitbull, the Florida-based alcohol-shilling sharp-dressed rapper, has sold millions of digital singles and albums including “Timber” featuring Kesha, “Time of Our Lives,” “Feel This Moment,” and “Get It Started.”

Born Armando Christian Pérez, the Cuban-American rapper has worked with Jennifer Lopez, Redone, Priyanka Chopra, Flo Rida and Shakira. He recently hosted the American Music Awards.

In 2012, Pitbull performed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in a free show.

Tickets for the show are $110 for Golden Circle, $90 and $75, and include Fair gate admission. Tickets will be available on the Fair website, thefair.com or by phone at 888-559-3247 daily, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Washington State Fair’s Box Office at Ninth Avenue Southwest and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Online orders are subject to standard processing fees, and a $2-per-ticket service fee will be charged for on-site purchases.

Here’s more from the announcement:

Pre-Show Party

To make it a very special evening, ticket holders to the concert can purchase a Pitbull Pre-Show Party ticket for $32.50 each, held in the Fair VIP Tent, inside the Gold Gate. The price includes a catered dinner (Chipotle Chicken and Carne Asada Street Tacos, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, seasoned black beans, Spanish rice and Santa Fe salad) by The Vault Catering, and one beverage. Enjoy a fun party atmosphere with a hot DJ, prizes and no-host bar drink specials. A VIP lanyard is included in the cost. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 5:30 p.m. To book your Pitbull Pre-Show Party ticket, visit www.thefair.com/concerts, or contact the Washington State Fair Box Office at (888) 559-FAIR (3247) daily, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST. Limited seating is available, so book right away. Online orders are subject to standard processing fees, and a $2 per ticket service fee will be charged for on-site purchases. Pitbull will NOT make an appearance at the party.

Pitbull

Pitbull learned early in life that music can be an escape from a lifestyle that can take you in the wrong direction, and since that point his career has become limitless. He was born Armando Christian Perez in 1981 in Miami, and is of Cuban descent. His father taught him to recite the words of Cuban poet and independence leader Jose Marti. After his parents split up, his mother struggled to make ends meet. For a while he spent time with a foster family in rural Roswell, Georgia. Pitbull began rapping in high school after his mother kicked him out for dealing drugs. Upon graduation he focused on his career, performing wherever he could.

It was Lil Jon that turned his career around, inviting him to appear on his 2002 album “Kings of Crunk.” Pitbull signed with TVT Records, which issued his three #1 independent albums, his gold debut “M.I.A.M.I.: Money Is A Major Issue” (2004), “El Marie” (2006), and “The Boatlif” (2007). These albums solidified his reputation as rap’s most versatile leading man. He is known for his rapid-fire rhymes, billion-dollar beats, and globally infectious hooks.

From there he moved on, signing to Polo Grounds Music/J Records. It was at that time that he won the first-ever “Latin Digital Download Artist of the Year” award at the 2009 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

His sixth album, Planet Pit featured hot single, “Give Me Everything,” while his seventh album, Global Warming included the lead single “Get It Started” featuring Shakira and “Feel This Moment” with Christina Aguilera. Pitbull’s latest album,Globilization was released last November, with “Time of Our Lives” peaking at No. 9 on the Hot 100 chart.

Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitter performed the song, “We Are One” at the opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Last year, he also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and completed the year hosting and co-producing a live New Year’s Eve concert special on Fox TV. Looking ahead, Album Dale is scheduled to be released later this year.

On the business side, he has introduced his specialty vodka Voli, partnered with Sheets, the dissolvable energy strip, inked major sponsorship deals with blue-chip brands Kodak, Dr. Pepper, and Bud Light, and started a fragrance with Jacavi Worldwide and Parlux Ltd. For more information, visit: www.pitbullmusic.com/us.

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