Three Chord Justice to perform for Music in the Park Thursday


Fans of old-time country music should enjoy the Music in the Park performance on Thursday evening.

Three Chord Justice will take the stage at about 7:30 p.m. at the Seaton Family Pavilion in Forest Park. Music in the Park is a free summer concert series organized by the city of Parsons and sponsored by CST Storage.

Matt Hoisington, the city’s events and media director, bills Three Chord Justice as the Heartland’s finest honky-tonk band.

“They have a very strong singer/guitar player, and she’s just got fantastic stage presence,” Hoisington said in May.

With the recent addition of Lee Roy Whisenhunt on steel guitar, Three Chord Justice has a combined total of 168 years of playing experience. The band also includes Liz Grace, lead vocals and guitars; Jason Richison, lead guitars and vocals; Rick Alumbaugh, bass guitar and vocals; and Mark Markowitz, drums.

Formed in March 2008 by Grace in San Diego, the band considered itself the only true country honky-tonk dance band in Southern California.

Hailing from Missoula, Montana, Grace sings Three Chord Justice through a mix of classic country-influenced originals and handpicked covers from Emmylou Harris, Hank Williams Sr., Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens, Patsy Cline and other country greats. She got an early start singing in bars and honky-tonks, far before legal age, having to wait in alleys during band breaks. In 2020, Grace and her husband, drummer Markowitz, relocated to Grove, Oklahoma, and without missing a beat found some of the area’s best seasoned musicians and introduced Three Chord Justice to the Heartland.

Three Chord Justice refers to themselves as a “traditional honky-tonk country dance band” and are so “old school” that they consider Garth Brooks to be classic country.

When they take the stage Thursday evening, music fans might recognize a familiar face on stage as Three Chord Justice’s lead guitarist, Richison, is a regular in the Duke Mason Band.

Before Three Chord Justice begins playing, Janelle’s Kettle Korn will be set up by 6:30 p.m. Typically the Music in the Park series has a couple of dedicated concessionaires for the entire series. This year, only Genelle’s Kettle Korn has committed to be there each week. The other concessionaire will change often, but this week only Genelle’s Kettle Korn will be available. Hoisington said Genelle’s will add baked goodies and a more diverse selection of beverages.

Bench and picnic table seating is available at the pavilion, but concert attendees also can bring blankets or chairs.

All but the July 4 Music in the Park concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday, with the last performance scheduled for July 22. If there is unfavorable weather for a show, it will be relocated to the Parsons Municipal Auditorium (except for the July 4 show, which would be canceled), but Thursday’s forecast looks good for an outdoor show, with mostly sunny skies and a high near 89.

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