Local teen is also a rock 'n' roller

July 11, 2010|By LUCIA TAYO
  • Justin Parks, 17, will perform at Williamsport Bike Night on July 17.
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He might be a shy kid, but on the weekends, 17-year-old Justin Parks transforms into a rock star.

Parks will be a senior at Williamsport High School this fall, but this summer he's focusing on his music career.

Justin said his parents have been his major supporters as he pursues his music and his dad inspired him to pursue music.

"When I was little my dad had a band called Frenzy, and I would watch them, and I was amazed. That's what kicked it off," Justin said.

Parks' dad, Rik Parks, is a control room operator for Lando Lakes. He's also the band manager.

Rik Parks said Justin's music career began when he was 14. He played his first show at an open-mic night at the Delmar Inn west of Hagerstown. However, he said Justin's love for music began long began his first show.

"When he was 3, he would bring out the pots and pans from under the sink and play drums," Rik said.


Currently, Justin said he plays the guitar and is the backing vocals for a band called Dean Cramer's SO LOW.

On July 17, Justin will perform a solo side project at Williamsport Bike Night, which is titled "One Time Deal with Justin Parks."

July 25, Justin and his band will perform at the Whisky A Go Go on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

Justin said he is excited and can't wait to go.

Rik said he sees this show as a great opportunity that could advance Justin's career.

"We'd love to have some record executive in the audience to catch the show. Sunset Strip is the place to be to meet some major players," Rik said.

Later in the summer, Justin hopes to open for KISS. Rik said the band is in competition with 70 other bands, and ranks third right now.

Justin said he hopes that he will get signed to a major label in the future. He's not sure if he wants to pursue college.

Even though his dad is not 100 percent behind this decision, he said he believes in son's musical abilities.

"I'd like for him to have something to fall back on, but we're putting all our eggs in one basket and shooting for the stars, with the hopes that something will happen.

He's got the talent with no question; we're just hoping we meet the right people," Rik said.

So far, Justin said the highlight of his career was playing with Steel Panther. His dad said the band called him up on stage to do a song with them.

His dad said he currently plays weekend gigs, so his schooling is not affected. His dad said he runs a website for the band, and sends CDs and videos out to different people in the business, hoping to further his son's career.

Justin said he would finish high school, even if he gets signed.

Justin said a he would love to eventually play with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page or even John Paul Jones.

On the Web ...

To check out Justin Parks and his band, visit:

To vote for Dean Cramer's SO LOW to open for KISS, visit:

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