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