Country Music Stars Parmalee to Highlight the 37th Annual Deerfield Township Harvest Festival

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DEERFIELD - The 37th Annual Deerfield Township Harvest Festival will feature a performance by nationally known music stars Parmalee on Sunday, October 11th.
“We are excited and proud to host these very talented and popular stars for their first appearance at the Festival this year," said Roy Spoltore, Chairperson of the Festival. "Major contributions by the New Jersey Council of the Arts, Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Southern Shore Tourism Council, VisitNJ.org and others continue to support the Festival to allow us to bring great entertainers to the stage in Rosenhayn."
Parmalee’s country rock sound includes a blend of bluegrass, traditional country, southern rock, and blues covers the guys grew up hearing their families play. Matt and Scott Thomas grew up near Greenville, NC watching their father Jerry front a popular local southern rock blues band. The boys watched and learned, picking up their instruments, and jamming along with their dad’s band. Barry Knox, who played drums for the church choir, loved what his cousins were doing, and soon joined them. The line-up became the newly minted, The Thomas Brothers Band. They often shared the same marquee with a cover band that starred their friend Josh McSwain on guitar and keys. Matt invited Josh to play with Barry, Scott, and himself and the foursome clicked immediately on stage. Their first gig was held near East Carolina University, where they went to school.
Their journey took them all over the country including New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, as they tried to find their musical direction. All of the producers, managers, and label representatives said the same thing: "you guys need to be in Nashville." and they took their RV to Nashville in 2010 as their journey continued.
All of Parmalee’s hard work, dedication, and perseverance through the years is paying off, as country fans voted the band’s debut single, Musta Had A Good Time, #1 for 4 consecutive weeks on SiriusXM’s The Highway “Hot 30 LIVE” countdown. The song also became a Top 40 hit on mainstream country radio. The anthem has been featured in national sporting event broadcasts from the PGA to MLB. Parmalee was named a “Bubbling Under Artist” by Billboard magazine (June 2013) and one of Clear Channel’s NEW! Artists to Watch in 2013. MTV Networks also hand picked Parmalee to perform as part of its 2013 O Music Awards and the foursome recently appeared on the 4th Annual American Country Awards.
Parmalee recently made history when its multi-week #1 smash Carolina became the longest climbing single by a duo or group in the 24-year history of the Billboard Country Airplay Chart. Carolina was also certified GOLD (for over 500,000 in sales).  In 2014, Parmalee toured with Jake Owen, on his “Days Of Gold Tour” and began 2015, on tour with Brad Paisley on his “Country Nation World Tour.”
There will be a limited number of reserved seats available in the "Friends of the Festival" section in front of the main festival stage for this and other bands. Friends of the Festival seats may be ordered online or paid for by mail at the Deerfield Township Municipal Hall or via credit card or PayPal.
Seats are $16 per person. After Wednesday, October 7th, seats will only be sold at the festival, while the supply lasts. Seats in the friends section will be available to purchasers at 6 p.m.  From noon to 6 pm the friends section seating will be open to everyone for free.
The festival opens its amusement ride and games of skill midway only on Thursday, October 8th.  There is no admission fee for anyone on Thursday. The amusement ride super pass sells for $40 on Friday, the 9th through Sunday, the 11th. They may be purchased on Thursday for $35. The super pass allows unlimited rides all four festival days or all remaining days from the day of purchase.
On Friday, there will be a $1 admission fee for people six years of age and older with no admission fee for those five and under.  Saturday and Sunday, there will be a $2 per day admission fee for people six years of age and older with no admission fee for children five years of age and younger.
For the latest information on entertainment and other events, visit www.dthf.org or call 856.455.3200.