Sunday, August 14, 2022

Darius Rucker to stop over in downtown Wilmington on latest tour

Darius Rucker will perform in Wilmington on Aug. 26 with Larry Fleet and Tyler Booth. (Courtesy photo)

WILMINGTON — Darius Rucker announced a 14-date tour with a cadre of Nashville talent: Tyler Booth, Daves Highway, Larry Fleet, Caylee Hammack, Ryan Hurd, Jameson Rodgers, Elvie Shane and Tenille Townes.

From July through September, the crew will tour through U.S. and Canada, with a stopover in Wilmington at Live Oak Bank Pavilion on Aug. 26. Rucker will be joined by Larry Fleet and Tyler Booth.

Rucker got his start in the mid-’80s when he founded Hootie and the Blowfish with friends at the University of South Carolina. The band charted the Billboard 100 with numerous hits throughout the mid-’90s. It has released six albums throughout the years, with its debut “Cracked Rear View” charting No. 1 in the U.S., Canada and New Zealand.

The South Carolinian has released six solo albums as well and signed to Capitol Nashville a decade ago. He was the first Black artist to chart in the country genre since Charley Pride in the mid-’80s.

Rucker has won numerous Grammys, for Best New Artist and Pop Artist in the mid-’90s with the Blowfish, and for country music’s Best New Artist, Best Country Solo Performance and British CMA International Album of the Year.

He won the 2018 Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award through the CMA for his commitment to using music to uplift others and give back. Rucker hosts “Darius and Friends” benefit concert annually, set to take place Monday, June 6, at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. It has raised over $2.5 million to date for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

A few weeks ago, Rucker promised to perform a free concert at his alma mater if the Gamecock women’s basketball team beat Louisville in the Final Four. He is following through and has set the date for Apr. 24, 7 p.m., in Colonial Life Arena, the home of the Gamecocks’ basketball programs.

Tickets will go sale to Wilmington’s show at Live Oak Bank Pavilion on Friday, Apr. 22, 10 a.m.

Darius Rucker Tour Dates

June 6 — Nashville, Tenn. | Ryman Auditorium (Darius and Friends)

June 9 — Nashville, Tenn. | Nissan Stadium (CMA Fest)

June 18 — Nashville, Tenn. | Bridgestone Arena (Brooks & Dunn Reboot Tour 2022)

June 23 — Cleveland, Ohio | Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica (with Tyler Booth)

June 24 — Huber Heights, Ohio | Rose Music Center at The Heights (with Tyler Booth)

June 25 — Interlochen, Mich. | Interlochen Center for the Arts (with Tyler Booth)

June 29 — Anchorage, Alaska | Backyard Country BBQ

July 8 — Cavendish, P.E.I. | Cavendish Beach Music Festival

July 15 — Memphis, Tenn. | venue TBA

July 16 — Rogers, Ark. | Walmart AMP (with Ryan Hurd & Elvie Shane)

July 21 — Paso Robles, Calif. | California Mid-State Fair (with Lindsay Ell)

July 22 — Phoenix, Ariz. | Arizona Federal Theatre (with Caylee Hammack)

July 28 — Bend, Ore. | Hayden Homes Amphitheater (with Tenille Townes & Caylee Hammack)

July 30 — Cowichan, B.C. | Sunset Music Festival

July 31 — Merritt, B.C. | Rockin’ River Music Festival

August 25 — Tryon, N.C. | Night in the Country Carolinas

August 26 — Wilmington, N.C. | Live Oak Bank Pavilion (with Larry Fleet & Tyler Booth)

August 27 — Doswell, Va. | Meadow Event Park (with Larry Fleet & Tyler Booth)

September 2 — Bridgeport, Conn. | Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater (with Jameson Rodgers & Elvie Shane)

September 3 — Bethel, N.Y. | Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (with Jameson Rodgers & Elvie Shane)

September 4 — Gilford, N.H. | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion (with Jameson Rodgers & Elvie Shane)

September 9 — Tulsa, Okla. | Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort (with Tyler Booth)

September 10 — Camdenton, Mo. | Lake Ozarks Amphitheater (with Tyler Booth)

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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