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Posted on: August 7, 2018

Parmalee to Headline at The City of Pinellas Park’s BBQ & Rodeo


Parmalee is 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 to tribute 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 Country chart.


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.

The work continued with the release of their most recent album, 27861 in July of 2017. Both singles from the project, “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.

Other events include a BBQ Cook-Off with local amateur competitors. Contestants can either enter Pork Butts, Ribs or both. First, second and third prize trophies will be awarded for both categories. New this year will be an opportunity for youth to show-off their BBQ talents - as there will be a youth cook-off competition.

Also, entertainment includes a full rodeo with bull riding, live entertainment, beer, fireworks, vendors, children's blowups, bounce houses, electronic bull, and much more.

Schedule of Entertainment
Parmalee 8 PM
Pirate Flag Band 6-7:30 PM
Chad Montana Band 4-5:30 PM
Professional Rodeo - 4- 6:00 PM

Opening Ceremony/BBQ Winners Announced – 3:35 pm
Erica DiCeglie Band 2-3:30 PM

The proceeds from the BBQ Cook-Off will benefit People Helping People (a local charitable organization that helps residents that are elderly, disabled or incapacitated on fixed incomes with their yardwork or minor repairs to their property), Boys & Girls Club and Kiwanis Club of Pinellas Park.

England Brothers Park is located at 5010 Dave McKay Way, Pinellas Park, FL 33781. Free admittance.

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