The 7 p.m. event is being sponsored by Covington’s recording label, Lyric Street Records, a subsidiary of Disney Music Group, and will benefit Backpack Pals for Richmond County and the Our Daily Bread Christian Food Ministry of Rockingham.
Covington will also be accompanied by a Great American Country (GAC) television crew that will be recording the concert for broadcast on cable television outlets across the country.
“The City of Rockingham is looking forward to having the national attention of the Great American Country camera crews,” said City Events Planner Kim Williams.
She noted parking will be a concern. There is a large crowd expected to show up to see Covington perform songs from a debut album that produced three national top-10 hits, and his upcoming release due out at the beginning of the year.
“We want to steer people towards the county administrative office lot and the downtown Rockingham lot,” Williams said. “There’s also the courthouse lot, the county Health and Human Services lot on Caroline Street, and the parking lots of businesses that aren’t open at the time of the concert.”
Even so, she said concert-goers are being urged to cut down on the traffic.
“The city encourages everyone to car pool to the concert if possible,” Williams said.
Certain downtown streets in the immediate vicinity of the event will be closed at 6 a.m. Saturday, as preparations for the show begin.
Those streets include the intersection of Washington Street and Hancock Street, where ArtsRichmond is located, Lee Street between the Daily Journal office and the RBC drive-thru, Washington Street between RBC and BB&T’s ATM drive-thru and finally Lee Street at BB&T’s ATM exit.
She also said AmVets will be on-hand selling drinks, but there will be no food vendors at the concert.
“However, Hudson Brothers will be open,” she said. “We think once people get their spot at the stage, they’re not going to want to move anyway.”
In addition, collection bins for both Backpack Pals and Our Daily Bread will be located throughout the event grounds, and all foods will be collected together.
“Anything that is child-friendly will go to Backpack Pals, while mostly the canned goods will go to Our Daily Bread,” Williams said.
Meanwhile, Covington has been continuing his charitable efforts by raising $25,000 for The Arthritis Foundation from a Wednesday night appearance on Country Music Television’s popular game show, “So You Think You’re Smarter Than A Fifth Grader.”
“Just like any good student, I called my mom first after the class ended,” Covington said in a release. “Arthritis hits close to home with our family, and I had to let her know about the A+ win!”
According to the release, he answered all first round questions correctly, with the help of his classmates in Jeff Foxworthy’s classroom, and considered going on to the bonus round where he could’ve won $250,000 for the non-profit.
In the end, he elected not to risk the winnings he’d earned for The Arthritis Foundation.
The foundation supports people with more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions to help them take control of their illness through public health education, pursuing public policy and legislation.