Covington will headline the festival with a free performance starting at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday at Star Mill Park. The singer spoke to The Daily Sentinel yesterday from his farm outside of Nashville, Tenn.
“We’re bringing a high energy show,” Covington promised.
Part of that show is Covington’s identical twin brother, Rocky, who is also a percussionist in his band and often hits the stage first, confusing the fans with a case of mistaken identity.
“If you think you see me on stage first and thought I’d be better looking, I really am,” Covington joked.
Covington promised fans will hear several songs from his debut album which hit the number one slot on the country charts as well as songs from his new album. He also teased there may be some “choice covers” throw in, saying he loved Elvis Presley, Pink Floyd and Joe Cocker.
Covington said he wanted to acknowledge the people all around the country who are keeping festivals, like the one in Racine, going. He added it seems like a lot of these festivals are shutting down due to the economy and for a community to pull together and start one up and do so well was encouraging.
“The main reason these festivals do so well is because of the people who go and support them,” he said.
Covington has a loyal, devoted fan base, some of whom have been taking down Party in the Park posters, with his picture on it, as fast as they can be put up. Covington will be doing a “meet and greet” for members of the fan club before the show and if there’s time, may meet with fans after the show for autographs.
“I have some awesome, wonderful fans,” he said. “There are some great people out there who have been jumping on the boat ever since American Idol.”
Covington said he’s had fans follow the tour bus for hours to the next stop and he’s even autographed babies for them (and other adult body parts) though he joked it took him a little while to get used to holding babies.
“You have to give a big thanks to all the fans,” Covington said.
Again, Saturday’s concert is free. There are no alcoholic beverages permitted in the park and visitors are encouraged to bring a lawnchair to the show.