Platinum-selling local country rock band Parmalee has joined the line-up for the second Carolina Kickoff Concert Aug. 19 in East Carolina University's Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

 Concert headliner is country music superstar Blake Shelton. Performers also includes Big & Rich, Tucker Beathard, David Ray and Adley Stump.

 Parmalee -- brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, their cousin Barry Knox and friend Josh McSwain -- are ECU alumni who celebrate their hometown of Parmale and their ties to eastern North Carolina. Their hits include "Carolina," "Close Your Eyes" and "Roots."

 Shelton, an Oklahoma native, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry who has recorded such hits as "Austin," "Some Beach," "Boys Round Here," "Over You," "Honeybee" and "Sangria." He has earned Male Vocalist of the Year accolades from the Annual Country Music Awards and has been a judge on the NBC show "The Voice."

 Early Bird tickets are available now from $39-$199 at www.eckickoff.com. VIP Lounge admission for $234 includes a ticket in the Club Level, buffet and access to a cash bar. 

 The inaugural Carolina Kickoff concert featured Kid Rock and Eric Church.