DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Woodville native James Barker and his band will be hoping for a positive reaction from the crowd, when they take to the stage for the Port Perry Fair concert on Sunday, Sept. 4.
The band will be performing as the opener for country music band Cold Creek County.
“We’ve played with Cold Creek before and they are great guys. We just can’t wait to play for them, and to get the crowd fired up,” Mr. Barker said.
Mr. Barker’s love of music started when he was just four years-old, while he was learning how to play the violin.
“I think you could say [the band members] were born musicians. We all played instruments at a young age, and it escalated into us becoming professionals,” Mr. Barker said.
Growing up on a farm, Mr. Barker said it was just natural that he ended up choosing country music.
“The subjects are so relatable since we experienced them,” he said.
Mr. Barker also described the band’s music as country with funk and groove influences. In the past few years, the band has opened up for names such as: Kira Isabella, Emerson Drive, Leah Daniels and Tim Hicks.
Mr. Barker mentioned one of the more memorable performances for him was when the band opened for Thomas Rhett, at the Boots and Hearts festival last year.
“There was just over 40,000 people there. You can’t describe how many people that is unless you experience it. No picture will ever do that justice,” he said.
The James Barker band last performed in Port Perry at the first ever Port Perry Ribfest.
“Since it was the first Ribfest, we weren’t sure what kind of a turnout we would get, but the place was packed.”
Mr. Barker shared that the group is really excited about the opportunity to perform at the fair.
“We’ve been there to see the acts the last few years, and it is always a great show.”
The concert will start at 8 p.m., at the entertainment shelter. The fairgrounds are located at 15835 Old Simcoe Rd.
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