ROCKINGHAM — Bucky Covington returned to his roots Saturday, playing downtown for the return of SpringFest.
But before Covington took the stage, he had Scuba Steve — who remained on stage the entire time — walk out first.
The show opened with “American Friday Night,” and also included his 2007 hit “A Different World.”
During his performance, Covington named several of the local venues where he used to play — most of which are no longer in operation.
Covington gained popularity during his run as a finalist on the fifth season of “American Idol” alongside felllow North Carolinans Kelly Pickler and Chris Daughtry.
At one point, Covington tried to get one fan to join him on stage. When she refused, he walked off the stage and went to her. That was the first of two times he walked into the crowd.”At one point, Covington tried to get one fan to join him on stage. When she refused, he walked off the stage and went to her. That was the first of two times he walked into the crowd.
Covington was joined on stage by his band, including his twin brother Rocky on drums and Donald “Ducky” Medlock on rhythm guitar — both of whom had a chance to take the spotlight.
About midway through the show, Covington had kids from the audience come on stage to dance.
While playing a cover of the Georgia Satellites hit “Keep Your Hands to Yourself,” Covington called to stage Erik Hawks, who opened the show, and former bandmate Eric Whitfield.
Click here to see photos of the Erik Hawks performance.
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Covington last perfromed in Rockingham at SpringFest in 2016.
See more photos from the performance below.