September 8, 2017
Writer: Brett Crandall
The National Parks band will return to Brigham Young University-Idaho for a concert on Friday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hart Auditorium.
"Center Stage and the Activities Program wanted to kick off the new semester with a big student concert," said Don Sparhawk, coordinator of the Center Stage Performing Arts Series. "They were so popular last time they came that we decided to move them into the Hart Auditorium where there's room for more than 3,000 people."
Opening the show will be Yahosh Bonner, a Utah-based singer.
The National Parks was formed by frontman Brady Parks in early 2013 in Provo, Utah. To date, the band has independently released two full-length albums (and a standalone single, "As We Ran"), which together have amassed more than 13.2 million Spotify streams.
The National Parks is currently at work on their third studio album, "Places," with the title track having been released as a lead single this summer by Rock Love Magic Records.
The band continues to be led by Parks and saw a number of changes before settling into a dynamic five-piece group being re-joined by original member Sydney Macfarlane (Kaysville, Utah) as a lead vocalist, John Hancock (Sacramento, Calif.) on electric guitar, Cam Brannelly (Draper, Utah) on drums and Megan Parks (Draper, Utah) on violin.
The group was named Utah's "Band of the Year" in 2016 by Salt Lake City Weekly.
Tickets for the Center Stage concert are $12 for the general public and $6 for BYU-Idaho students. Tickets can be purchased at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office, by calling 208-496-3170 or online at tickets.byui.edu.