The Band Perry to rock App Summer
FactsMore Appalachian Summer events
July 5: TCVA Summer Exhibition Celebration – Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, 7 to 9 p.m.
July 6: Outdoor Fireworks Concert: The Band Perry – Kidd Brewer Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
July 7: Independent Films from Around the World: “The Other Son” – Valborg Theatre, 8 p.m.
July 8: Broyhill Chamber Ensemble – Rosen Concert Hall, 8 p.m.
July 10: Lunch & Learn – Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, noon
July 10: Broyhill Chamber Ensemble – Rosen Concert Hall, 8 p.m.
July 11: Belk Distinguished Lecture: Joseph Bathanti – Belk Library, Room 114, 3:30 p.m.
July 13: TCVA Family Day – Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, 11 a.m.
July 13: Triad Stage – “Tennessee Playboy” – Valborg Theatre, 8 p.m.
July 14: EMF Young Artist Orchestra: “Peter and the Wolf” – Rosen Concert Hall, 4 p.m.
July 15: Independent Films from Around the World: “No” – Valborg Theatre, 8p.m.
July 17: Lunch & Learn – Turhcin Center for the Visual Arts, noon
July 18: Idina Menzel with the Eastern Festival Orchestra – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 19: Eric Carle: Lecture – Reich College of Education, 4 p.m.
July 19: Family Film Night – Schaefer Center, 7 p.m.
July 20: Boz Scaggs – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 21: Eastern Festival Orchestra: Andre Watts and Julian Schwartz – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 22: Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, Rosen Concert Hall, 8 p.m.
July 24: Lunch & Learn – Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, noon
July 24: Broyhill Chamber Ensemble – Rosen Concert Hall, 8 p.m.
July 25: Carolina Ballet: “A Balanchine Celebration, featuring Rubies” – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 26: Independent Films from Around the World: “11 Flowers” – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 27: 27th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Walk – Schaefer Center, 10 a.m.
July 27: An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 28: Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists – Rosen Concert Hall, 1 p.m.
July 29: Independent Films from Around the World: “La Rafle” – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
July 31: Lunch & Learn – Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, noon
Aug. 1: An Acoustic Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin with special guest Suzanne Vega – Schaefer Center, 8 p.m.
The Band Perry, which will appear at Appalachian State
University’s Kidd Brewer Stadium this Saturday night, has only been in the national spotlight for
about three years now.
Like a lot of top acts, step by step the group has climbed to No. 1 on the charts, although in a seemingly short period of time.
The truth is that the three siblings who make up The Band Perry have been playing music together for more than 15 years. Unlike many new artists who achieve instant fame through TV talent shows, like “American Idol” and “The Voice,” Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry have been performing in public since their teenage years.
“At the CMA Awards about three years ago, they gave us like 30 seconds to play ‘If I Die Young,’ and we gave out the radio award that night, so on every award show since then, we’ve tried to get just 30 more seconds, and now we’ve worked up to a full three and a half minutes with pyrotechnics and crazy hair-sprayed hair, and it’s been a blast,” Kimberly Perry said. “We know live performance. It is what we know more than anything else. Before we were doing interviews, and, honestly, before we were writing songs, we were playing live music. That is really where we stack all of our cards. We are almost at home there onstage.”
The two brothers and their older sister began singing at a young age. They built on the advantage that many family bands have when their voices blended naturally.
“We are siblings, so 24/7 we heard each other talk, so I think that in some ways that has helped with our family harmonies,” Neil Perry said. “We are kind of partial to (harmonizing together). We love it. We enjoy singing together.”
“Some of our earliest musical memories are also some of our earliest family memories,” Kimberly added. “I remember the first time that we ever sang three-part harmony. Our family took a vacation out to the wild, wild West. We traveled in a motorhome — a teeny, tiny little thing — and our mother had the night driving shift, and it was really late one night. So, to keep her awake, the three of us sat around the driver’s seat in this little RV, and we sang in three-part harmony.
“We picked out parts of different songs, and that was our first recollection of that. So, we’ve been doing it a long time, before we learned how to do it properly. Before we did it in the confines of a band, we did it as brother and sister.”
Kimberly was the first to begin performing professionally, and then the brothers eventually joined her. Early on, there were some lean times where they played before little to no people, and it taught them a lot about the hard side of the music business.
“We’ve been doing this for 15 years as of this October, and on our very first shows, we didn’t play in clubs,” Reid Perry said. “We’d play anything from father-and-son camps to after high school football game parties, and there were times when there were literally more people onstage than out in the crowd.
“But, during all of those days in the dark, if you will, we learned how to perform onstage and how to recover from it. We were able to grow up, I guess, kind of behind closed doors. A lot of people have known about The Band Perry for the last three years, but it is that previous decade that we wouldn’t trade for anything.”
The Outdoor Fireworks Concert, featuring The Band Perry and the Chris Lane Band, is a part of An Appalachian Summer Festival, presented by Appalachian State University. Tickets for the show are $37, $32 for Blue Ridge Electric members and $5 for kids 6 and younger. For tickets or more information, call (828) 262-4046 or visit http://www.appsummer.org.