Eric Paslay, Frankie Ballard, Zach Paxson and the group Parmalee will be the headline performers at this year’s Festival of the Bells in Hillsboro.
“In the past we had local performing acts and others as the warmup bands, but this is our 30th year and we wanted to bring in two Nashville acts each night, especially on the Fourth of July,” festival entertainment chairman Rick Williams said. “We had some other people in mind that we couldn’t get, but we’re really happy with who we have. I don’t know if we could have got anybody better.”
On Friday, July 4, Ballard will kick the night off at 7:30 p.m., followed by Paslay at 9 p.m.
On Saturday, July 5, Paxson will serve as the opening act at 7:30 p.m., followed by Parmalee at 9 p.m.
“We’ve had some people here in past years that were young like these guys, and I’m talking about people like Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, who were all early in their careers when they came here,” Williams said. “I think with these four, their songs have done so well, and that’s how those others got started. I think these four have the same potential those others had at some point in their career.”
Paslay, Ballard and Parmalee have all had number one hits, according to Williams.
Paslay’s big hit, according to Williams, is “Friday Nights,” and Ballard’s is “Helluva Life.”
Paxson has a song out called “Ohio” that Williams said the singer is trying to get named the official state song. To that end, Williams said Paxson played the song Tuesday at the state capitol.
Parmalee is a group of four males whose biggest hit to date is “Carolina.”
“For the 30th year we’ve really added some big things. It’s going to be a great time in Hillsboro again,” Williams said.
The Festival of the Bells runs from July 3-5 this year.
There is usually a popular Christian group featured the first night of the festival, but no announcement has been made yet on who that might be.
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