Darius Rucker to bring music festival back to South Carolina this year
A two-day music festival featuring Darius Rucker is returning to South Carolina for the second year in a row.
The Riverfront Revival will again be held at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park, promoters said Wednesday in a news release. The musical acts will perform on Oct. 7-8, according to the release.
Other than Rucker, who headlined last year’s festival, the 2023 lineup of performers has not been announced. Promoters said the lineup will include a range of musicians and bands who mix “the best of country and rock.”
Rucker, the Hootie & the Blowfish frontman turned country music star, is a three-time Grammy Award winner with a deep catalog of songs to play in concert. But he will also perform new music at the event, according to the release.
“Charleston’s hometown spirit was on full display last year and showed us what a local music festival meant to this community,” Rucker said in the release. “We know 2023 is going to be an even greater experience for fans and we can’t wait to see you there!”
Early access presale tickets are on sale now, with prices starting at $140 for general admission and $475 for VIP. This does not include taxes and fees, but layaway plans are available starting at $25, promoters said.
VIP tickets include an exclusive merchandise package, dedicated entrance, priority and up-close viewing areas at both stages, dedicated bar and access to VIP lounge areas and premium restrooms, according to the release.
To gain access to the presale, go to RiverfrontRevival.com to sign up now for event’s e-newsletter and receive a code to secure early access tickets via email.
When announcing the initial Riverfront Revival, Rucker said that for year’s he’s “had this bucket list dream of bringing together a bunch of friends to perform in a way that also showcases Charleston,”
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In addition to the music, the two-day festival features a showcase of the Lowcountry’s best food, drinks, art and culture, promoters said.
“We were overwhelmed with the support and attendance of our first Riverfront Revival and are thrilled to bring the festival back for more fans to enjoy,” SRE Entertainment Partner Rob Lamble said in the release. “This is a festival built by Charlestonians who want nothing more than to showcase the best our city has to offer with great music, culture and food.”
Proceeds from each ticket sold will once again benefit the Arts in Healing program at the Medical University of South Carolina, according to the release.
“Rucker is passionate about giving back to the Charleston community and has raised millions of dollars throughout his career for the hospital where his late mother was a nurse,” promoters said.
Rucker rose to prominence with Hootie & the Blowfish, who have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide including their Double Diamond-certified (21x Platinum) “Cracked Rear View,” which remains among the top 10 best-selling studio albums of all time.
The Charleston native released his first country music album in 2008, and fans responded by sending four of Rucker’s solo outings to No. 1 on the Billboard Country chart, according to the release.
Rucker was inducted as a Grand Ole Opry member in 2012 and in 2014 he won his third career GRAMMY Award for Best Solo Country Performance with his Diamond-certified (11x Platinum) version of “Wagon Wheel,” one of the top five best-selling country songs of all time, promoters said.
He recently returned to the top of the country charts with the song “Beers And Sunshine” in 2021.
New songs “Same Beer Different Problem” and “Ol’ Church Hymn” (featuring Chapel Hart) are available now as Rucker puts the finishing touches on a forthcoming album, according to the release.
In 2019, Rucker and the other members of Hootie & the Blowfish put on a major stadium tour in support of “Cracked Rear View’s” 25th anniversary. The tour concluded its U.S. leg with three nights of shows in Columbia.
On Wednesday, it was also announced that Rucker and his Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates — Mark Bryan, Dean Felber and Jim Sonefeld — will be honored by the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
The band will be recognized with the Willie Jeffries Ambassador for Sports Award for staging their annual Monday After the Masters Golf Pro-Am.
Monday After the Masters is an annual celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament hosted by Hootie & the Blowfish in Myrtle Beach each Monday following the Masters Tournament in April. The event has raised millions of dollars for children’s educational programs and the South Carolina junior golf program, according to the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.