County music shines at Fonda Fairgrounds
Country fans were recently treated to night of good ole fashion Country music at the Fonda Fairgrounds with Skeeter Creek, Chris Lane and Parmalee. Most people who attend the fairgrounds are used to the loud speeding cars but this time they heard the loud, powerful and gritty sounds coming from the stage.
Skeeter Creek was first to take the stage with their covers of some of today’s popular country tunes. This well-known, popular band performs all over New York State and then some. Opening for many national acts, this band has gained quite the fan base. The guys were humble and made sure they thanked their fans for voting them the most popular band in NY. The performance of this band is like no other, fans spilled out onto the track to pick a spot to dance and enjoy their favorite music
With a brief change over Chris Lane and his band made it to the stage; each raising a red solo cup as a toast to the fans. Fans showed their love by sporting their favorite Lane shirts. Lane covered all angles of the stage so no fan would miss out. He certainly wasn’t lacking energy with his energetic performance. The fans even got to listen to them cover Backstreet Boys songs. His country/pop music blend keeps the crowd intrigued to hear more. Lane asked if there was any military in the crowd and thanked all the past, present & future. A few of the songs from his performance: Fix- Girl Problems – Let’s Ride – For Her – Maybe – I Want It That Way. Lane mixed things up by bringing a female to the stage from the crowd so he could sing to her. She sat alongside Chris as he sang “Her Own Kind Of Beautiful “to her. Chris after his and the bands awesome stage performance climbed into the crowd for nearly 20 minutes to take photos and sign autographs.
Parmalee fans eagerly waited for them to hit the stage with fair goers lining up at the fence to get a glimpse of the action. Lead singer Matt Thomas started out the night telling fans how they came up with their name: They used to ride in the back of his dads pick-up truck as children next to a greasy old toolbox. His father would slide the window open so they could listen to the country music. And, that is where Parmalee came from – family and where they grew up – a small town in North Carolina called Parmalee. His brother Scott is the drummer for the band and his cousin Barry plays the guitar with his good friend Josh also playing the guitar and keyboard. Parmalee is all over the stage as if they’re worried grass will grow under their feet if they were to stand still too long. Amazing lights and sound kept the fans moving to the music. Cell phones light up track as if spot lights were turned on. Matt gets the crowd into a big wave and all that can be seen is arms in the air. Parmalee never seems to have enough time in a night to perform, they say time flies when you’re having fun and it truly does. The guys had a meet & greet earlier in the day but even after the show they met with any fan that had stayed around to take photos and sign their merch. The set list consisted of: Bring The Music, Calling You Mine, My Montgomery, Back In Day, Lonely Girl, Close Your Eyes, Roots, Day Drinkin, Kiss You, Hank JR, Musta Had A Good Time, Old Montage, Billie Jean – Million To One, Dance, Carolina and Midnight Rider.
The concert was followed by a great fireworks display. Thank you Bug Country for a hot night of country music. We were there to capture the magic of the night through our lens. Enjoy!
Roger Johnston / Captured Momentz Photography / The Fuze Magazine
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