While most students were getting ready for the first day of school, Williamsport High School senior Justin Parks was preparing for the biggest concert of his career -- opening for the rock band KISS.
On Saturday, Parks and his bandmates from Dean Cramer's SO LOW will perform before KISS at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va., as part the "Hottest Show on Earth" tour.
"I love KISS. I've always been a fan," said Parks, 18, of Halfway. "My favorite song as a kid was 'Shout it Out Loud.'"
The band landed the gig by winning an online contest coordinated by KISS and Guitar Center, a national vendor of guitars and other music-related merchandise. Guitar Center spokesman Chris Macowski said SO LOW earned the most web votes and was named the winner by representatives of Guitar Center and KISS.
Justin Parks' father, Rik Parks -- who's also the band's manager -- entered SO LOW in the contest in June and was notified that the band won the contest in an e-mail dated Aug. 11.