The famed Vidalia® onions may taste even sweeter this year, since harvest season will kick-off with a serenade by some of today’s leading musical performers: Uncle Kracker, Parmalee and Old Dominion.
Of course, Georgia’s official state vegetable is not the exclusive audience. The annual concert is one of the annual Vidalia Onion Festival’s most popular events.
“Last year, over 10,000 people showed up for this fantastic event,” said Ingrid Varn, executive director of the Vidalia Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Uncle Kracker, Parmalee and Old Dominion are a perfect fit for this year’s festival and we anticipate even bigger crowds this year since a lot of music fans live within a two-hour drive of Vidalia.” The festival continues through Sunday, when the event lineup includes the 3rd Annual Golden Onion professional chef competition.
Multi-genre singer, songwriter and musician Uncle Kracker (www.unclekracker.com) will headline the concert.
Whether it’s the dumped-but-loving-the-future “Nobody’s Sad on a Saturday Night,” the gone for the weekend “In Between Disasters” or the Tom Petty-feeling small town truth behind what people reveal “It Is What It Is,” Uncle Kracker’s conversational baritone puts life in perspective with his newest album Midnight Special, produced with Sugar Hill Records.
That easy-going ability to take life as it comes has given Uncle Kracker a place in Country (with the Top 10 hit “Smile”), Pop (“Drift Away,” his Dobie Gray redux that featured Gray on vocals, set a Billboard record for most weeks at No. 1 on any chart, topping their Adult Contemporary chart for 28 weeks), Rock (“Follow Me,” from the double platinum Double Wide, was a Top 5 hit) and as a D.J./vocalist in rock/rap icon Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band. Then there was “When the Sun Goes Down,” the No. 1 Country hit that sat on top of the charts for six weeks with friend and sometimes tour mate Kenny Chesney plus the multi-format smash hit “All Summer Long” which he co-wrote with Kid Rock.
Country rockers Parmalee (www.parmalee.com) include brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Knox and longtime friend Josh McSwain. With its roots in North Carolina, the band’s sound has its roots in bluegrass, traditional country, southern rock and blues. The band’s debut single, “Musta Had A Good Time,” held the No. 1 spot for four consecutive weeks on SiriusXM’s The Highway “Hot 30 LIVE” countdown and went on to became a Top 40 hit on mainstream country radio. Parmalee was named a “Bubbling Under Artist” by Billboard magazine (June 2013) and one of Clear Channel’s NEW! Artists to Watch in 2013. Current single, “Carolina,” is a Top 10 hit. Parmalee released its debut album for Stoney Creek Records, Feels Like Carolina, in December 2013.
Country rockers Old Dominion (www.olddominionband.com) have been playing and writing music together for more than ten years. The four friends from Virginia and one Michigander have opened for stars like Taylor Swift, Randy Houser, Brett Eldredge and others. They’ve also written songs for artists like Chris Young, Steve Holy, Craig Morgan, and The Band Perry just to name a few.
As its opening act, the concert will feature the winner of the “Battle of the Bands” (that competition will take place on March 8, 2014, at the Historic Pal Theatre in downtown Vidalia, Ga.) Old Dominion will then take the stage followed by Parmalee and, finally, Uncle Kracker.
The concert will be held at the Vidalia Regional Airport the evening of April 26, 2014; gates open at 10 a.m.; musical performances begin around 5 p.m. Tickets cost $5 per person (children two and younger are free). Saturday evening’s festivities will also include a fireworks display. All activities at the airport including carnival access are included in the admission price.
More Musical Entertainment
On Friday, April 25, 2014, Motown’s The Temptations Review with Dennis Edwards will perform in Historic Downtown Vidalia. The American vocal group is best known for its success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s.
Alabama blues man Chris Simmons (www.getchrissimmons.com), who plays guitar, sings and is a songwriter, will open that evening’s performances.
About the Vidalia Onion Festival
Celebrating its 37th year in 2014, the Vidalia Onion Festival will be held April 24-27 in Vidalia, Ga. The event has been featured on The Food Network and recognized as one of the “5 Don’t-Miss Festivals Across the U.S.” by MSNBC. The four-day festival offers something for everyone, including the Miss Vidalia Onion Pageant, a children’s parade, outdoor music concerts, professional chef competition, an arts and crafts show, street dance, the Kiwanis Onion Run, and the Famous onion eating contest. Come to Vidalia to experience the “whole onion.” For more information, visit www.VidaliaOnionFestival.com.
Ingrid M. Varn
Executive Director, Vidalia Area CVB