march, 2022

12mar7:00 pmDunbar Music Festival - Parmalee & LANCO Concert7:00 pm CST


Event Details


This Concert is Standing Room Only!  No Reserved Seating!

No Refunds or Exchanges!




Parmalee makes country music for the modern world. It’s a contemporary sound with
classic ingredients, filled with larger-than-life Pop hooks, southern storytelling, and the
amplified attitude of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Front man Matt Thomas calls it “New Country.” Fans
around the world just call it Parmalee.
Years before scoring a multi-national No. 1 hit with “Just the Way” — the first single from
Parmalee’s 2021 album, For You — brothers Matt and Scott Thomas grew up in the
small town of Parmele, North Carolina. Their father was a working musician, and the
boys inherited his appreciation for Soul, Country-Rock, and the sounds of the American
South. “Dad’s music was a mixture of Gregg Allman, Bob Seger, and Delbert McClinton,”
Matt remembers. “We loved that stuff, but we listened to everything else, too. Blues.
Beach music. Motown. Once we began making our own music, it didn’t matter what we
were trying to play — that Country twang just carried over into everything we did.”
For Parmalee, music has always been a family business. Joined by cousin Barry Knox
and longtime friend Josh McSwain, the group began began building an audience in North
Carolina before moving to Nashville. Nominated for the ACM’s “New Vocal Group of the
Year,” they stood out as something different: a tight-knit family band whose members
played their own instruments, wrote their own hits, and created songs that didn’t just
nod to Country music’s past, but helped shape its present, too.
A multinational, platinum-certified smash of a collaboration with TrailerTrap creator and
“The Git Up” star, Blanco Brown, “Just the Way” topped the charts in 2021. The song
mixed Parmalee’s sharp songwriting and vocal harmonies — both of which had fueled
the band’s first No. 1 single, “Carolina,” as well as Top 10 hits like “Close Your Eyes”
and “Already Callin’ You Mine” — with a modern message of self-love and individuality.
A feel-good hit with more than 300 million streams, “Just the Way” helped lay the
foundation for Parmalee’s newest album, For You.
“‘Just the Way’ connected with so many people,” says Matt. “I think people liked its
message, the positivity and the way it made them feel— like it spoke directly to them.
That’s when we feel most authentic and our best as a band—when we feel like we’re
having a conversation with the audience. That’s what For You really focuses on. It’s an
album for the fans — the ones who’ve supported us for years, and the new ones we’re
getting to know every day.”
From the anthemic, arena-friendly rush of “Only You” to the rugged romanticism of “Take
My Name,” For You is Country music at its modern-day best. Working with co-writers
like Ashley Gorley, Nolan Sipe, and producer David Fanning, Matt Thomas wrote the
majority of the 13-song album during a year that found his touring schedule brought to
a halt by the global pandemic. It was a time of regrowth and collaboration. “We didn’t
know when we’d be able to tour again, so we just kept writing and writing,” Matt says.
“We’re used to always being on the road but staying at home gave us time to focus on
who we are as a band and create more songs that narrow in on our connection with our
fans. We’re leaning into what makes Parmalee sound like Parmalee.”
Years after Matt, Scott, Barry, and Josh held their first band practice in a tin-roofed barn
in rural North Carolina, Parmalee continues to expand the boundaries of Country music.
They’re southern hitmakers with a multi-genre twist, creating songs that are every bit as
diverse as the music they grew up loving. For You is the latest chapter in a story that’s
just getting started — and like any good storyteller, Matt Thomas has learned to turn his
personal experience into universal anthems that mirror his fans’ experiences, too. After
all, this isn’t just Parmalee’s story anymore. It’s our story.
“If you can write songs that are real — songs that are rooted in the things you’ve
experienced, or remind you of a person you once loved, or trigger memories from an
earlier time in your life — that’s where you find some real magic,” he says. “That’s what
creates a bond and starts a dialogue. With For You, it’s not just an album — it’s a



Multi-Platinum selling band LANCO continues to forge new territory after the roots-frontier
explorers and live-performance junkies broke out with the 2x Platinum multi-week No. One hit
“Greatest Love Story.” Creating a heartland rocker for a new generation, the band followed up
with the Billboard Country Albums chart topper HALLELUJAH NIGHTS, marking the first
Country group to earn a No. One debut in a decade. Additionally LANCO garnered another
PLATINUM certified hit with “Born To Love You”, before the launch of their new anthemic
HONKY-TONK HIPPIES EP, which was self-produced by the band, with each track penned by at
least two members. The group traveled to the iconic Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL to
record the new music, absorbing its heart-pounding and soul-shaking influence. Now set to
release five new tracks fit perfectly for the road. New music from the ACM “New Group of the
Year” follows multiple nominations from the CMT, CMA, ACM, AMA and iHeartAwards, while
Lancaster became the first member of a group to win NSAI’s “Songwriter/Artist of the Year”
award. As LANCO continues to “bring the full-band sound back to Country” (Newsday) the
five-man band will build off their deep-rooted connection with fans on their headlining
HONKY-TONK HIPPIES TOUR. For more information on LANCO visit


(Saturday) 7:00 pm CST


The Pavilion

1602 Sioux Drive

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