By CHRIS LADD
The 77th Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival will have a special patriotic theme this year. This year, the festival will honor the men and women of the military with “Stars, Stripes & Strawberries.”
Going along with the patriotic theme, Sherri Ferguson the President and CEO of the Portland Chamber of Commerce wanted to add something special to the firework show.
A few weeks ago, Ferguson was watching a video on Facebook. The video featured Joe Everson, a famous artist, vocalist, musician, and photographer, performing at a National Basketball Association game. Everson sings the National Anthem and completes a painting during the song.
“I thought bringing Joe in would be a long shot,” Ferguson said. “We got in contact with him and we’re very excited that he will be performing leading up to the fireworks show.”
Everson does a paintings upside down and once the song is almost over, he flips the them over to reveal the final product.
According to joeeverson.com, the video performances of him singing national anthem and painting a live-action artwork have been viewed over 175 million times.
Joe has traveled the nation and has been featured on Fox News, ESPN, Fox Sports, SB Nation, NHL.com, and other major websites across the country.
He has performed all for the Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Florida Panthers, San Antonio Spurs, University of Arkansas, University of Mississippi, University of Alabama, and many other sports organizations around the country.
A free concert featuring Four on the Floor will take place at 6 p.m. After the concert, Everson will take the stage and perform the national anthem along with his live-action painting that usually has a patriotic theme. Then, the big firework show will begin around 8:30 p.m.
The painting that Everson will doing will be kept secret until the night of the performance according to Ferguson. He will also be doing another painting for the Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival.