Darius Rucker announces eighth annual Darius and Friends concert

Nine years since visiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and pledging his support, Darius Rucker has announced the date for his eighth annual Darius and Friends benefit concert, sponsored by State Water Heaters. The event, which leads into CMA Music Festival week, takes place Monday, June 5th and will be held for the first time at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

“This concert is a real highlight for me every year,” Rucker said. “And I couldn’t do it without the support of my friends who turn out to perform, tell stories and make this a memorable night for the fans, who are here from around the world.”

The event has received an overwhelming response in past years, with sellouts year-after-year and more than $800,000 raised for St. Jude. Friends performing with Rucker in past years have included Luke Bryan, Radney Foster, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum) and Kenny Rogers, among others. The lineup for this year’s event will be announced in the coming weeks.

Rucker made a commitment to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital after touring the campus in 2008 and is recognized worldwide for the lifesaving mission.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Unlike any other hospital, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from individual contributions. Events like this help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Tickets to Darius and Friends will be available on Friday, April 14th at 10 am CT via ticketmaster.com. This year Rucker teamed up with Ticketmaster to allow supporters to become #VerifiedFans. Qualified registrants that enter by Thursday, April 13th at 10 am CT will receive a unique code to ensure they can buy tickets without worrying about scalpers or bots.

Additional sponsors of Darius and Friends includes CDW/Intel, GE, Hutton, Maverick, CAA and UMG/Capitol Nashville.

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Author: Buddy Iahn

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