LIMA — Local radio station 92.1 The Frog is bringing the country music group Parmalee to Lima at 7 p.m. today at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital benefit concert.
Program director Dave Woodward is passionate about finding groups to bring to Lima, as well as being passionate for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fundraiser.
“We’re always looking for bands on the rise. Parmalee has three top 10 hits, ‘Carolina,’ ‘Close Your Eyes’ and ‘Already Callin’ You Mine,’ they’ve been nominated for an Academy of Country Music award and they have a new single, ‘Roots,’ which will be released May 2nd, so we felt they were the best band to bring to Lima,” Woodward said.
This is the seventh year that The Frog has hosted a benefit concert for St. Jude.
“This is a local cause, even though the hospital is in Memphis. I know people who have been treated there and cured and others that are still being treated. We know these people. Geographically it is very much a local cause in two ways: One, everybody can get cancer at at any time. Two, St. Jude shares research to all hospitals. People are getting procedures done here that have come from St. Jude researchers. We are honored to be able to do this,” said Woodward.
While the cause is important, the concert promises to be uplifting and fun. Parmalee is a family band with brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, their cousin Barry Knox and their childhood friend, Josh McSwain.
“Come out and have a good time with us,” said Matt Thomas, of Parmalee. “We are excited and ready to go.”
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511