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Pitbull sinks his teeth into the Puyallup Fair

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on June 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm with No Comments »
June 11, 2012 2:31 pm

Pitbull (courtesy photo)
Pitbull, the Miami-based rapper who just gave a free show at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is returning to the area for a concert at the Puyallup Fair on Sept. 21.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Pitbull has sold millions of singles including “Hey Baby” featuring T-Pain, “Give Me Everything,” “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho),” and his latest single “Back In Time.” That last one is on the soundtrack for the new MIB movie “Men In Black 3.”

Pitbull will perform on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center – part of the Columbia Bank’s Puyallup Fair Concert Series. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, June 16 at 10 a.m. on the Fair website, or by phone 888-559-3247, daily, 8 a.m.–8 p.m. To save the convenience charges, purchase tickets in person at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center box office at 9th Ave. SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Golden Circle tickets are $75, with other tickets selling at $55, $45, and $35. All are reserved seating and include Fair gate admission.

There are still some empty nights on The Fair’s entertainment schedule so expect a few more announcements in the coming days.

More from the announcement:

Pitbull, born Armando Christian Perez in 1981 in Miami 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. He 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 Mariel (2006), and The Boatlift (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 latest album, Planet Pit features hot single, “Give Me Everything.” It features the talents of Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer. The album is a star-studded affair including contributions by a host of pop music luminaries, including Marc Anthony, Jamie Foxx, Chris Brown, Kelly Roland, T-Pan and Sean Paul.

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. For more information, visit:

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