Parmalee Turn Annual ‘Feels Like Carolina’ Concert Into Flood Relief Benefit
Proud North Carolina natives Parmalee are doing their part to help those affected by the recent Hurricane Matthew. On Friday (Nov. 18), the band's second annual Feels Like Carolina Concert will double as a flood relief benefit show, with 100 percent of the net proceeds going to the Red Cross, to help the more than 36,000 people who need assistance in the storm's aftermath.
Benefiting Hurricane Matthew victims in the eastern part of North Carolina, the Feels Like Carolina Flood Relief Benefit is set to take place at East Carolina University's Minges Coliseum, located in Greenville, N.C. In addition to Parmalee, acts on the bill include Thompson Square, Runaway June, Luke Combs and Dee Jay Silver.
"We couldn't imagine not making this year's event a flood relief benefit," Matt Thomas recently told The Boot. "The people of North Carolina are our greatest supporters; we considered them family, and we couldn't leave them behind during this time of need. We knew something had to be done, and we can't thank the American Red Cross enough for their help in making this event happen."
Tickets for the Feels Like Carolina Flood Relief Benefit are available at FeelsLikeCarolina.com. Fans unable to attend the show can also make a donation to the American Red Cross, designated for victims of Hurricane Matthew.
In addition to their philanthropic efforts, Parmalee are working on a new album, which they hope to have available early next year.
"We’re currently picking through all our songs to make the album choices," Thomas shares. "It’s all about guitars and harmonies ... We used a lot of different tools to create the album this time -- a lot more loops and programmed beats and things like that. But that’s where it’s at right now. There’s also organic stuff that ties right in to Feels Like Carolina."
Feels Like Carolina spawned three Top 20 hits, including the No. 1 single "Carolina." But this time around, Parmalee say they have a loftier goal in mind.
"I just want to be connected with people," Thomas admits. "I just hope people can listen to it, and it puts a smile on their face, and it makes them want to sing, or maybe it gives them chill bumps.
"We just do what we like; we create music that we like," he adds. "If we hear a song we like that somebody else wrote, we just try to find the people you have that in common with, and that becomes your band and your family. You want to connect with as many people as you can over something that you dig."