FOREST CITY — After more than a year of no concerts, no large gatherings, Forest City’s POPS (Pavilion on Park Square) is hosting “Country Music’s Breakout Stars” Parmalee and Dirty Grass Soul. The concert will be Friday, May 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday.

POPS has been cleared to open with a reduced capacity, currently set at 1,250. Courtney Ashley, Forest City marketing and events coordinator, says everyone on the Forest City team is excited to welcome guests back to POPS.

“I’m beyond thrilled to bring Parmalee to Forest City,” said Ashley. “They are one of the most popular bands in country music right now, and with the combination of Dirty Grass Soul, it is going to be an incredible show. We are excited to bring live music back this year, and we will be engaging in COVID-19 compliant protocols to ensure that we can get together, safely, and enjoy a great night of country music.”

The last time POPS hosted a concert at full capacity was in October 2019, when Sammy Kershaw performed.

“We had no concerts at all in 2020,” Ashley said. “We had a few smaller events like the pumpkin patch in the fall, and a few things like yoga. But we haven’t been able to have concerts.”

Ashley is hopeful that as the pandemic continues to wane, guidelines will continue to loosen, allowing more people to attend events.

“I am hopeful that maybe by mid-summer, we could be back in the full swing of things,” Ashley said.

VIP tickets will go on sale Friday at 12 p.m., and the general admission tickets will go on sale Friday, April 23 at 12 p.m. The public is asked to review the POPS Reopening Procedures at and purchase your tickets at exploreforest

2016 ACM “New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year” nominee Parmalee is one of country music’s most successful acts. The platinum-selling band is one of only four groups since 2001 to earn three consecutive top 10 singles from a debut country album. Parmalee has supported Brad Paisley and Jake Owen on national tours and accrued over 427 Pandora streams, 253 million on-demand streams and over 58 million YouTube views.

Dirty Grass Soul hails from the foothills of Cleveland County, and has been entertaining audiences across the Carolinas and beyond since the band formed in 2011. Dirty Grass Soul’s music has been described as somewhere between country, bluegrass and Southern rock & roll reminiscent of acts like The Charlie Daniels Band and The Marshall Tucker Band.

No outside food and beverages are allowed inside POPS, but there will be food trucks from local vendors and a concession stand featuring pizza, nachos, popcorn, candy, soda, beer and wine.

Ashley expects a good turnout for the event.

“These groups put on a good show,” she added. “I believe people are eager to get out and do things. People are excited to do that.”