Big dreams start early and for Dixon native Jon Pardi, chasing that neon rainbow started soon after graduating Dixon high school in 2003 when he moved to Chico and played bars and frat parties in and around Butte County with his band at the time, Northern Comfort. A year later, Jon found himself sweating along with the rest of the crowd at a sweltering Country in the Park held that year at Gibson Ranch. The headliner was Clint Black, and the show also featured, among others, Tracy Lawrence, Julie Roberts and Josh Gracin. In an interview done in advance of our Country in the Park 2019 announcement, Jon told us, as he was looking at the stage that day…
“I was like, I’m gonna get Northern Comfort on there!”
And then he chuckled, as though at the thought’s audacity.
But sometimes audacity is exactly what it takes, because 8 years later, with his first single, Missin You Crazy, Jon played his first Country in the Park…it was a very brief set but, it was a boot in the door.
Then, he was back in 2013 with a bona fide hit, Up All Night, under his belt and a debut album that would go on to sell over a half a million copies. He played a little longer that time. In 2016, Jon, now an established up-and-coming country star, was third in on a line-up that included Trace Adkins and Lee Brice, playing almost a full show.
And this year..? Get ready for a full set because, after 15 years Jon is our headliner. It’s funny…through those proceeding years Jon always told us, whenever we’d talk, that his ultimate goal was to headline a Country in the Park and to be able to announce that dream is finally coming true, well, you could hear the pride and excitement in his voice when he exclaimed over the phone to us,
“Wooh! Goal reached!”
Country in the Park will be May 11th, Cal-Expo and also starring Lauren Alaina, Midland, LoCash and Tyler Rich (tickets are on sale now on our website main page).
It pays to dream big, doesn’t it?
And who knows, maybe there’ll be a young man or woman in the crowd that day, formulating the same dream. We hope it comes true for them, too.
Hear more of our chat with Jon, including what he sees his mom doing at Country in the Park AND what he is asking that a dollar of every ticket sold for this year’s Country in the Park goes towards. Just click below