Parmalee celebrates personal homecoming while raising funds for hurricane victims

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — The Greenville-native band Parmalee is rocking Minges Coliseum, all for a good cause. After Hurricane Matthew hit the band’s hometown, the brothers who founded the band knew their “Feels Like Carolina” Tour had a bigger purpose.

“It just made sense,” said Matt Thomas.

“This was our chance,” continued Scott Thomas.

The Thomas brothers call Greenville home and are putting their money where their mouth is.

“We wanted to help out,” explains Matt. “We were here when Floyd came through and we saw how bad the area was hit. We were helping friends move out of their apartments and stuff like that. We knew we needed to help. We wanted to help.”

The concert at ECU is the biggest show of the year for the group. Proceeds from this year’s show will go to the Red Cross to help Hurricane Matthew victims.

Coming home puts the pressure on Parmalee. The band says they feel a connection with the audience in eastern North Carolina and know a lot of people in the crowd. Those people tend to have their own opinions on Parmalee’s performance.

“It’s different from being other places in the country because nobody really knows who you are so if you mess up, it’s cool, but if  you do it here, you’re going to hear about it,” says Scott.

But no matter the feedback, Parmalee says they will always support Pirate Nation and the people of eastern North Carolina.

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