Randy Houser, Parmalee to headline Party in the Park

Sarah Hawley

September 3, 2013

RACINE — The fourth annual Racine Party in the Park will kick off on Sept. 12, running through Sept. 14.

This year will feature three nights of musical entertainment, with national recording artists set to perform on Friday and Saturday.

County chart topper Randy Houser will be the featured entertainment on Saturday evening, taking the stage at 9 p.m.

Country/rock group Parmalee will be the featured entertainment for Friday evening.

Houser is a man refreshed. “I don’t know how it happened, but everything in my life has started lining up,” says the Lake, Mississippi native. “I must have done somebody right in the past.”

Those positive vibes of renewal ripple through Houser’s newest single “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and “How Country Feels,” his first radio No. 1 and Gold® certified title track from Stoney Creek Records debut, How Country Feels, which hit stores on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. The title track was his fastest-rising single to-date on the country radio charts and sparked a wildfire of accolades and media appearances. “It was the obvious choice for a lead-off,” Houser says of “How Country Feels.” “It caught my ear the first time I heard it — like, ‘I wanna hear that again.’”

Houser’s past contains no shortage of achievement, as it includes multiple nominations for ACM and CMA Awards, a No. 2 single in the form of “Boots On,” and songwriting credits for major names such as Trace Adkins, Justin Moore and Chris Young. In 2008 — mere months after the release of his debut single,“Anything Goes” — Houser was even asked by David Letterman himself to appear on the Late Show. The singer’s first full-length, Anything Goes, came out later that year, followed in 2010 by They Call Me Cadillac which spawned hit “Whistlin’ Dixie,” and fan-favorite “A Man Like Me.”

New tracks on How Country Feels echo the single’s sunny self-assurance, including “We’re Just Growing Younger” and“Along for the Ride,” which Houser co-wrote with Zac Brown. “We were playing a festival and I just had this song rolling around in my head,” Houser remembers of the latter. “I stayed up till about 5 in the morning but then got stuck. So I called up Zac and we went on his bus and knocked it out of the park.”

After Midnight will open for Houser beginning at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Parmalee is a Country Rock band hailing from Greenville, North Carolina. The band’s name was derived from the tiny, southern town of Parmele, NC, located a couple miles from their hometown, where they started creating music together in a small barn known as Studio B.

Parmalee consists of lead singer and guitarist Matt Thomas, bassist and vocalist Barry Knox (Matt and Scott Thomas’ cousin), Josh McSwain (lead guitar, vocals, and friend), and drummer Scott Thomas (Matt’s brother).

The group has recently made the country charts with songs “Musta Had a Good Time” and “Carolina.”

South of the River Band will open for Parmalee on Friday night.

In addition to musical entertainment, there will be a car show, 5k race and parade.

First, second and third place awards will be given in the following parade categories: floats, antique vehicles, walking units, bicycles, doggy parade (dressed in party attire), school bands, antique tractors and horses.

Line up for the parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Southern High School, with the parade beginning at 10 a.m.

A complete schedule of events for the three day festival is as follows,

Thursday September 12, 2013

5 p.m. — Food vendors open; arts and crafts vendors open; video arcade games open.

6 p.m. — Amusement rides open; carnival games open.

6:45 p.m. — Soul Harvest Praise and Worship band on stage.

8 p.m. — Wayfarers on stage.

Friday September 13, 2013​

5 p.m. — Food vendors open; arts and crafts vendors open; video arcade games open.

6 p.m. — Amusement rides open; carnival games open.

6:45 p.m. — South of the River band on stage.

8 p.m. — Parmalee on stage.

Saturday September 14, 2013​

8 a.m. — 5k registration begins.

9 a.m. — 5k race; parade lineup at high school.

10 a.m. — Parade begins.

Noon — Food vendors open; arts and craft vendors open; video arcade games open; amusement rides open; carnival games open; parade winners announced on stage; chain saw carver.

1 p.m. — 2013 queen crowning on stage; Cruisin Saturday Night car show registration begins.

2 p.m. — Kiddie tractor pull on basketball court; balloon artist; antique tractor show and games.

3 p.m. — Air-evac medical helicopter; car show judging.

5 p.m. — Car show awards.

6:45 p.m. — After Midnight on stage.

9 p.m. — Randy Houser on stage.