For the folks of Angola, Indiana, Parmalee brought some warming entertainment to them and their neighbors.
On this chilled Wednesday night in October, students of Trine University, along with residents of Angola and surrounding towns congregate into the T. Furth Performing Arts Center, located just off the campus of Trine University. Tonight is the night they had prepared for asÂ ParmaleeÂ is to be their entertainment for the evening.
The venue goes dark to indicate the beginning of the show. Â The music of AC/DC’s “Back In Black” erupts from the speakers as the mountain of light cabinets on stage strobes with the beat. Â As the song ends, darkness fills the room once again for a brief moment. Â When the lights come back up , Parmalee, already on stage, proceeds to turn up the heat.
From the beginning intro throughout the show, the crowd dances and sings along to every song. Â Most notably were Parmalee’s four singles, “Musta Had A Good Time” (2012) to which they add an insert from Jason Aldean’s “That’s Country,” “Carolina” (2013) that has been certified gold, and show closers, “Close Your Eyes” (2014) and “Already Calling You Mine” (2015). Â All four are from their debutÂ album, Feels Like CarolinaÂ (Dec 2013).Â
Along with the four singles, the band also plays a set of what they call “Sunday drive around songs.” These include “Night Moves,” “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” “Midnight Rider,” and “Love Like Where We Are.” These songs were songs they used to hear as kids through the back window of a pick-up truck as they were riding around North Carolina with Matt and Scott’s parents.
Parmalee consists of brothers Matt Thomas (lead vocals and guitars), Scott Thomas (drums), cousin Barry Knox (bass and vocals), and long time friend Josh McSwain (guitar, keyboards, and vocals).
The band has been spending much time lately in the studio working on their sophomore album. Â One song, “I Just Want To Kiss You,” is a new song from that work which they debuted on this evening.
One additional song performed that the crowd approves is a parody to Miley Cyrus’ song, “Wrecking Ball,” which Parmalee calls “Fireball.” Â The song is about a song writing night in Nashville where they ended up walking to a club downtown and agreed to only have one drink. Â Unfortunately, one drink led to another and ended up being a whole night of drinking and not remembering much the next morning.
Although the venue isn’t filled to capacity, those in attendance are thrilled to be a part of the evening as all are part of the performance showing off their own dancing and vocal talents. Â At the end of the show, the crowd stands in line at the back of the venue to show their appreciation by waiting for their chance to meet the band and get a photo.
Opening the show was Nashville’s new artist, Jordan Davis. Â Jordan is originally from Shreveport, Louisiana and is also working on songs back in Nashville. Â He performed a few of his own original songs, “What’s That Sound Like,” “Slow Dance In A Parking Lot” and “Girl In A Trucker Hat.”