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Rock icon Linda Ronstadt coming to Harris Center

Iconic rock star Linda Ronstadt shares her life story during a special evening at Folsom's Harris Center on Sept. 21.
Iconic rock star Linda Ronstadt shares her life story during a special evening at Folsom's Harris Center on Sept. 21. Danny Zelisko Presents

Linda Ronstadt, one of rock music's all-time leading ladies, comes to Folsom College for "A Conversation with Linda," set for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Harris Center. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 27.

Reflecting a 40-year career, this special multimedia event features rare videos, personal photos, music and memories, as shared by the iconic performer.

Ronstadt, 71, plans to reminisce about her early days with the Stone Poneys, the Eagles as her backup band and her longtime friendships with such notables as Jackson Browne, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Aaron Neville. A true crossover artist, she'll also discuss her Tony Award-winning stint on Broadway, her groundbreaking recordings of American standards and her love of Mexican folk music, reflecting her heritage. Expect some commentary on current affairs, too, from the outspoken singer.

One of the most famous faces and voices of her generation, Ronstadt is best known for such albums as "Heart Like a Wheel" and "Living in the U.S.A." (She also dated Gov. Jerry Brown during his first stint as governor.) Her records have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. Her work has earned 11 Grammys, 31 gold and platinum records, and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2013, Ronstadt no longer sings, but she hasn't lost her speaking voice. A highlight of the evening should be a question and answer session with the audience.

Tickets ($38-$88) are available via the Harris Center box office. For an extra $100, a "meet and greet package" includes a photo with Ronstadt, a copy of her CD "Simple Dreams," and a signed, personalized copy of her best-selling biography, "Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir." Interested patrons must request the meet and greet package when purchasing reserved tickets via the box office.

For more information, call 916-608-6888 or go to www.harriscenter.net.

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