Parmalee to Headline Greer Family Fest
April 16, 2019
(Greer, SC) It feels like Carolina! The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome country superstars Parmalee as the headlining performer for the 35th Annual Pelham Medical Center Greer Family Festival.
“We are excited to bring Parmalee to Greer and look forward to a great weekend!” said festival Chairman Brent Garrett.
The festival happens throughout downtown Greer and Greer City Park on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. Parmelee will perform a free concert Saturday, May 4, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Greer City Park. Pelham Medical Center returns as the event’s title sponsor. The City of Greer and the Greer Citizen also return as the festival’s presenting sponsors.
“We are proud to be part of the Greater Greer community and want to be as connected as we can. We are honored to again be the title sponsor for what is traditionally the best family-oriented festival in the Upstate,” said Pelham Medical Center President, Tony Kouskolekas.
ABOUT GREER FAMILY FEST
With a rich history of providing family fun for all ages, the annual Pelham Medical Center Greer Family Fest promises to be better than ever this year, the 35th anniversary of the event. This year's event will feature the best of the old and add exciting new activities, with the goal of being the Upstate's favorite family festival. This two-day event features live music on the Crescom Bank and D&D Ford Main Stage and the GSP International Airport Community Stage, the return of the Mitsubishi Anne Helton Creation Station, a fun filled KidsZone, Greer CPW Rudy’s Restaurant Row, and more than 150 vendors throughout the festival.
“The weekend will also offer the opportunity to get heath screening of all types, and children will be able to experience a large arts and crafts area to make something special for Mom,” Garrett said.
"The Greer Family Fest has become a signature event for the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce and for the past 35 years, the festival welcomed more than 20,000 people annually to downtown Greer. A special thank you to our event sponsor, Pelham Medical Center, for their continued support for the event as well as our more than 300 volunteers that help make this annual event a success. I hope to see you there!" said Greer Chamber President, David Merhib.
The festival runs Friday, May 3 (6-10 p.m.) and Saturday, May 4 (10 a.m.- 10 p.m.). A full list of food and craft vendors, as well as the complete entertainment lineup and schedule of Pelham Medical Center health screenings will be available on the event website at www.greerfamilyfest.com.
The festival is FREE to the public! Tickets for food, beverage and children’s rides can be purchased on site; craft vendors sales are cash transactions. The event is alcohol-free, and pets, coolers, skateboards and bicycles are not allowed in the event site.
Comprised of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas (lead vocals and drums), cousin Barry Knox (bass) and their best friend Josh McSwain (lead guitar), Parmalee are the quintessential American Country band. Named after the small town where the band started, Parmele, N.C. (population 278), the chart-topping quartet pays tribute to their humble Carolina upbringings with their name and their sound. Raised on a diet of Southern rock, Country, and Blues, they formed in 2001 as a bunch of small-town boys chasing wild weekend nights, but their talents eventually took them beyond the little cement block barn they rehearsed in and onto Country music’s biggest stages, not to mention the top of Billboard’s Countrychart.
The band’s blue-collar persistence made their 2013 breakout single, “Carolina,” into a Platinum-certified #1 hit, while their debut album landed in the Top 10. Two more singles (“Close Your Eyes” and “Already Callin’ You Mine”) rose to #3 and #10 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, all while they kept their noses to the grindstone, touring hundreds of dates a year. Awards nominations from the Academy of Country Music and Teen Choice Awards came rolling in, and headlining tours were launched but the hard-working virtues of their upbringing stand tall.
Both singles from their sophomore album 27861, “Roots” and “Sunday Morning”, enjoyed chart time on Billboard’s Top 40 Country Airplay chart and have seen more than 30 million combined streams on Spotify. The band has an impressive 6 singles that have landed Top 40 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.
The band’s latest release “Be Alright”, produced by David Fanning, is an emotionally-driven song about hope, knowing that when a relationship is struggling, things will work out for the best in the end. Matt Thomas explains “The first time we heard the song we loved it. We knew immediately we wanted to record it Parmalee style. It’s such a relatable song. We are just glad to have the opportunity to reimagine and record this for the Country music fans.” Australian singer and songwriter Dean Lewis originally recorded and released the global hit in 2018. Until now, it has never been recorded and released as a Country song.
Parmalee continues to be one of the hardest working touring bands on the country music circuit and now more than ever, they exude the spirit that built the foundation of their music. The band brings the fire with them on stage every night, delivering high-energy shows to enthusiastic fans clapping and singing along, wrapped up in rafter-shaking abandon. Eyeing the crowds’ response, one thing is very clear—Parmalee knows a thing or two about having a good time.
“We love bringing people together for a good time and we hope they'll clap, sing along, and raise one up— that's what our live show is all about,” Matt says with a grin. “And we are incredibly thankful for every night that we get to be on stage sharing our music.”
The band is no stranger to a little creative wording as well. After decades of friendship and endless days spent on a bus together, the four guys nearly have a language of their own. They’ve even begun sharing some of their original vocabulary with fans through a hilarious video series called “Parmalisms,” which shows off their fun-loving nature and routinely leaves their 580,000+ fans in stitches. “Parmalisms” recently celebrated its 100th Episode.
“Seeing people smile, laugh and enjoy themselves because of something you’ve done is a great feeling,” said Barry as Scott added, “Sharing that joy and making people have fun makes all those rougher days worth it.”
The road to success wasn’t easy for the band. They have come a long way since their modest beginnings, working odd jobs like logging forests, construction, and any other type of manual labor to make ends meet. They’ve also had a few setbacks— in 2010, two men attempted to rob the band at gunpoint after a show, which led to Scott being hospitalized for 35 days, 10 of which he spent in a coma, for multiple gun shot wounds. Despite a five percent chance of survival, he miraculously pulled through and the band went on to secure a record deal just four months later.
No matter the obstacle, the foursome never waivered. Their tenacious work ethic, small-town values and love for each other has allowed them to persevere, grow stronger and rise to where they are today. At heart, they’re still the fun-loving Carolina boys with the same adventurous spirit they left home with on the road to Nashville and beyond.
The event website (www.greerfamilyfest.com) is the central location for complete event information and to register to volunteer at the event.
The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, non-profit organization that represents approximately 710 businesses in the Greer area. The mission of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is “To Champion Economic Prosperity for our members and the greater Greer community.” For more information on the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, call 864-877-3131 or visit www.greerchamber.com.