Hootie’s Homegrown Concert and more 90s kid fun

With my luck lately, everyone tells me I should buy lotto tickets. For them (umm… no!).

Really, I enter every Facebook giveaway and sometimes the odds are pretty good.

The odds were good yet again this past weekend, as I won tickets to Hootie and the Blowfish’s Homegrown Concert from a giveaway hosted by Charleston Sports Medicine (your local source for treatment if you’re an injured athlete, or for VO2 Max tests and other performance-related fitness).

Darius Rucker, the lead singer of 90s hit band Hootie and the Blowfish, hails from right here in Charleston, SC, and he formed the band when he was a student at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. He picked a great university, I might add!

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After Hootie’s huge success in the 90s, Darius released an R&B solo album and currently has a few country songs out now. He did move east of the Cooper and now lives in the Old Village in Mt. Pleasant- so he stayed in the Charleston area, close to his family and home. Each year, he hosts Hootie’s Homegrown Celebration at the Family Circle Tennis Center at Daniel Island, where Hootie reunites for a concert and a kid’s festival.

Since Clay didn’t want to go to the concert, I asked my friend Nadine to go, and her super awesome Starbucks coworker switched shifts with her so she could. She also told me that Everclear (another 90s band I loved) was opening for Hootie so we made sure to get to the concert early to hear them.

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Everclear is from the West Coast like Nadine and even her parents love them. They played lots of their 90s hits like Father of Mine and I Will Buy You a New Life, as well as a newer song the lead singer wrote in honor of his daughter.

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Everclear was great and played for an entire hour- it was really fun watching the sun set and the stands fill up.

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After the longest set change ever, Hootie and the Blowfish played. They played a lot of their 90s songs, some of Darius’ solo career songs, and some covers from other artists. Hootie and the Blowfish played for a LONG time and the stadium was packed. I wouldn’t be surprised if it sold out.

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We didn’t stay for the entire Hootie set but really enjoyed it. We went down and walked around a lot, then we ended up leaving the stadium and just walking around Daniel Island listening to the music- the awesome part of an outdoor concert- and grabbing dinner at Publix.

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It’s great that Darius and his band members reunite for this each year for the people of Charleston- I didn’t realize they did this festival each year here, but if you get a chance to go, you really should!

It’s hard to find celebrities who even “come home” for reunion concerts, let alone live close to home and support local charities (they play in charity softball games and support the Ronald McDonald house here in town). It just makes me like Hootie and the Blowfish even more now that I know that- I hope I get to go next year too!

Have you been to any good concerts this summer?

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14 Responses to Hootie’s Homegrown Concert and more 90s kid fun

  1. I love HOOTIE! We’ve been to the Homegrown Concert before and loved it. I just am not a fan of going to the same concert again as I am afraid it won’t live up to the 1st time. That’s what happened when we saw Kenny Chesney.

    I need to follow in your footsteps and start trying to win more stuff! You’re on fire this summer!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Hmm… I guess it really depends. You’re right that it might not live up to this year (after all, this year was free, you really can’t beat that). But, I’m guessing next year maybe they will have a different opening act or something, which might be interesting. Everclear played a lot of songs for an opening band and we really enjoyed them.

      Also, I heard there’s a festival the next day, after the concert… I think that would be fun to attend :).

      I mostly love how Charleston has so many great bands come for concerts. Nothing ever came to Florence except monster trucks, gun shows, and church conferences.

  2. spectacuLAUR says:

    You really are having a lot of luck scoring tickets! Ahh, I love Everclear. I would have definitely went early to watch them play their set. I miss the 90s!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Everclear was amazing! I loved them back in the 90s and obviously still do, it was sad that people didn’t just show up right at the start to see them, I was amazed at how many people only came for Hootie when there was such a great opener.

  3. Lucky lady! oh my word I really like Darius Rucker- I totally forgot he used to be a part of Hootie. Now I need to go home and jam to some oldies.

  4. ahellams says:

    I am so jealous you went, I baby sat so other people could go…womp womp!

  5. Very cool! Outdoor concerts are great 🙂

  6. allieksmith says:

    Want to know something crazy?! I didn’t know Darius was a part of Hootie until last year when someone brought it up in one of my classes. My mind was blown! CRAZY!!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I can understand that :). People here know, but he’s also from here so a lot of people down in Charleston really like him. Plus you were a bit younger than me when Hootie was really popular and even I was young then :).

  7. LilMysNinja says:

    Congrats on the win! 🙂 I’m totally jealous. I LOVE Everclear!

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