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Darius Rucker

Tickets go on sale May 9 for Darius Rucker concert

by Mona Prufer
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Singer-songwriter Darius Rucker comes to Coastal Carolina University’s HTC Center on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. Country singer Ricky Young will open the concert. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets, starting at $50, go on sale May 9 at

Tickets are $50 for standing room and end zone seats, $55 for bronze seats and $60 for teal seats. Proceeds from the concert will go to scholarships for CCU students.

Charleston-born Rucker first attained multiplatinum status as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Hootie & the Blowfish, a rock band formed in 1986 while he attended the University of South Carolina. The band released five studio albums with him as a member and charted six top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, with Rucker co-writing the majority of the songs with the other three members.

Rucker also wrote 10 of the 12 songs on his current album, “True Believers,” ranging from the feel-good sing-along “Radio” to the sophisticated narrative “Shine.”

He calls the album a “triumphant reflection of the rewards and challenges of sustaining a marriage.”

His previous two CDs, “Learn To Live” and “Charleston, SC 1966,” both topped the Billboard Country Album chart and produced five number one singles.

In 2008, he released “Learn to Live”; the album's first single, “Don't Think I Don't Think About It,” made him the first African American with a number one country song since Charley Pride in 1983.

Recently, Rucker was nominated for the CMA's Musical Event of the Year award for his performance of “Stuck on You” with Lionel Richie. In October, he achieved a childhood dream when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

Premium parking for $20 is available at the HTC Center, with adjacent parking as low as $5 available the day of the show. Parking in more remote lots on campus is free. Shuttle buses will be running prior to and after the concert.
For more information, contact the Wheelwright Box Office at 843-349-ARTS (2787).


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