Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber and Jim Sonefeld formed the band Hootie and the Blowfish right here in Columbia, South Carolina.
The band was formed in the late 80’s and started out doing covers of other people’s music. It wasn’t long before they started writing their own material which was counter culture to the grunge music that was popular at the time.
Their debut album “Cracked Rear View” was released in 1994 and was certified platinum twenty one times. The album featured four hits including “Only Wanna Be With You”.
The band remained in the spotlight for their next four albums, the last was released in 2005.
In 2008 Darius Rucker took time to work on a solo career as a country singer, which he was hugely successful at. Although, the band went on hiatus in 2008, they still performed together for various special occasions. They even worked on some new songs during that time.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their first album the group has gone back on tour which comes to an end in their hometown on September 13th.
If you are interested in attending this show which takes place from September 11 - 13, at Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St. The door opens at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Seated tickets cost $29.50 to $52. Visit www.coloniallifearena.com
for more information.
Swingin Medallions. Beach music. 6:30 p.m. September 12. Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main St. Free. www.icehouseamphitheater.com.
Hank Bilal. Jazz. 7 p.m. September 12. The Chayz Lounge, 607 Meeting St. $20; $125 group seating. www.chayzlounge.com.
The Vegabonds with Time Sawyer. Rock. 9 p.m. September 12. The White Mule, 711 Saluda Ave. $12; $18 Early Bird Twin Pack. www.whitemulemusic.com.
Riley Green. Country. 7:30 p.m. September 13. The Senate, 1022 Senate St. $19.99; $25 the day of. www.thesenatecolumbia.com.
Jazzy Trinity. Soul. 8 p.m. September 13. The Chayz Lounge, 607 Meeting St. $20; $25 group seating. www.chayzlounge.com
Dead Swells with Arson Daily and Flipturn. Alternative. 9 p.m. September 13. The White Mule, 711 Saluda Ave. $10. www.whitemulemusic.com.
Jazz Fest with Dwayne Johnson and Soulfood Jazz Band, Reggie Graves and Jazz Theory, Gwen Yvette and TC Soul, Willie Walker and Conversation Piece. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. September 14. The Chayz Lounge, 607 Meeting St. Free. www.chayzlounge.com
Gwen Yvette. Soul. 8 p.m. September 14. The Chayz Lounge, 607 Meeting St. $20; $25 group seating. www.chayzlounge.com
Cosmic Charlie - Dark Side of the Dead. Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd covers. 9 p.m. September 14. The Senate, 1022 Senate St. $15; $18 the day of. $100 for four top table. www.thesenatecolumbia.com.
Steve Dassatti, special to GoColumbia