The Band Perry made the most of a tour stop in their birth state of Mississippi over the weekend. The busy schedule included a record-breaking performance, a special stop at Kessler Air Force Base, a meeting with the Governor and of course, a little time with their Grandparents.
Kimberly, Reid and Neil spent Saturday afternoon with service men, women and their families at Keesler Air Force Base before heading over to perform at the 20th Annual Mississippi Coast Coliseum Crawfish Music Festival in Biloxi. Of the concert, Coliseum Assistant Executive Director Matt McDonnell told The Sun Herald that The Band Perry’s performance sold more tickets in advance than any other single act to ever play the festival.
"Both of our parents grew up in Mississippi, and we were born there. The people have just been amazing to us,” says Neil Perry.
While waiting in line, a fan holds a photo to be signed by The Band Perry members, Kimberly, Reid and Neil. The group came to Keesler’s Bay BreezeEvent Center to sign autographs and take pictures with the base’s families prior to their concert in Biloxi, MS Saturday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Rae Moore)
On Sunday, the sibling trio took a rare day off to visit with relatives and savor some of their Grandmother’s home cooking in preparation for a big day at the state capital in Jackson, Mississippi. Governor Phil Bryant and The First Lady of Mississippi greeted The Band Perry at a private brunch held for the band at the Governor’s Mansion on Monday morning. Later that afternoon, the trio was presented with a resolution in the Mississippi State Senate Chamber commemorating their career success and accomplishments. The resolution was introduced by Senator Michael Watson and was passed by both the House and the Senate.
“It was such an honor for us to not only share our time in Mississippi with the Governor and First Lady but to be invited to visit with families at Keesler was definitely humbling,” says Reid Perry.
The Band Perry’s weekend of monumental events culminated Monday afternoon with a CMT Music Award nomination for Group Video of the Year.
US Air Force Maj. John Ponton, 81st Force Support Squadron Commander, poses for a photo after presenting The Band Perry’s members, Kimberly, Reid and Neil with a commemorative coin to thank them for coming out to the Bay Breeze Event Center in Biloxi, MS for a meet and greet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Rae Moore)
“We are so thankful, and honestly, a little overwhelmed at all of the wonderful blessings we have received. Being invited to have brunch with the Governor and First Lady and to stand on the floor of the Senate Chamber in Mississippi and be recognized was such an honor. Then later to find out about our CMT nomination on the same day was incredible,” says Kimberly Perry.
After the Mississippi trek, The Band Perry headed to New Orleans, where they are currently shooting a music video for “Postcard From Paris,” the fifth single off of their Platinum-certified, debut album on Republic Nashville.
On April 29, they will resume opening for Brad Paisley’s VIRTUAL REALITY WORLD TOUR and playing their own headlining dates.
Still trying to catch up! Hope to be back in full swing soon!