Hootie & the Blowfish

From30 May 2019to 13 September 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

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Hootie & the Blowfish are a rock band hailing from Columbia, South Carolina, United States who formed in 1986. Since their debut in 1991 they have released five studio albums, becoming one of the most commercially successful bands of their generation in the process.

Despite having one of the silliest names in rock (and that’s saying a hell of a lot), there was a period of time in which Hootie & the Blowfish were one of the biggest and most inescapable bands in America. Not bad for a band who formed because Darius Rucker liked singing in the shower. The band formed in 1986, when all four members met each other as freshmen at the University of South Carolina. Rucker and lead guitarist Mark Ryan shared the same dorm, and after Ryan heard Rucker singing in the shower, the two young men decided to start playing music together, covering a number of songs as The Wolf Brothers. Before long they teamed up with fellow freshmen Dean Felber and Brentley Smith on bass and drums respectively and took a combination of two nicknames of their friends from the university as their name. The first incarnation of Hootie & the Blowfish had formed.

However, that incarnation of the band wouldn’t last, as Smith left the group on good terms in 1989. Jim Sonefield joined as his replacement and by 1991, the band had released their first of two demo tapes, the second of which was released a year later. With five years of preparation behind them the demos were an astonishing success, leading to the band having to independently press 50’000 copies of their debut EP “Kootchypop” in 1993 to meet demand. The EP’s success lead to a major label record deal with Atlantic Records, and even though the band were riding a huge wave of hype, nobody could have predicted what happened next. Their debut album, “Cracked Rear View”, was released in July 1995, and was the kind of success that seemed reserved for Led Zeppelin at their prime.

It sold ten and half million copies in its first year of release, making it the highest selling album of its year by a mile, and would later go on to sell a further five and a half million copies by the end of the decade. It stands to this day as the joint 16th best selling album of all time in the United States, and four of its singles were huge hits on the pop charts. Only such a mind-boggling debut could make a follow up selling four million copies with a top 15 hit single seem like a disappointment, but Hootie & the Blowfish had nothing left to prove. They spent the rest of the 90’s and most of the 2000s as one of the biggest draws in rock, selling out arenas wherever they went, until after a further three albums they went on semi-hiatus in 2008. To this day, they reunite for sporadic live shows, most notably a yearly set of shows at South Carolina’s Family Circle Cup Stadium, and remain a live band to be reckoned with. As one of the true legends of rock music in the 90’s, Hootie & the Blowfish come highly recommended.

Thursday 30 May 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA, US

 

Friday 31 May 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC, US

 

Saturday 01 June 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA, US

 

Thursday 06 June 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Amphitheater at the Wharf, Orange Beach, AL, US

 

Friday 07 June 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL, US

 

Saturday 08 June 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the South Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach, FL, US

 

Thursday 13 June 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX, US

 

Friday 14 June 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented By Huntsman, The Woodlands, TX, US

 

Saturday 15 June 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas, TX, US

 

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ, US

 

Friday 21 June 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA, US

 

Saturday 22 June 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV, US

 

Sunday 23 June 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

Fivepoint Amphitheatre Presented By Mercury Insurance, Irvine, CA, US

 

Tuesday 25 June 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA, US

 

Friday 28 June 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Toyota Amphitheatre, Wheatland, CA, US

 

Saturday 29 June 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA, US

 

Thursday 11 July 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Greenwood Village, CO, US

 

Saturday 13 July 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO, US

 

Sunday 14 July 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Walmart AMP (Arkansas Music Pavilion), Rogers, AR, US

 

Saturday 20 July 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH, US

 

Sunday 21 July 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Keybank Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA, US

 

Friday 26 July 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, US

 

Saturday 27 July 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA, US

 

Sunday 28 July 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ, US

 

Friday 02 August 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, NH, US

 

Saturday 03 August 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA, US

 

Sunday 04 August 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), Saratoga Springs, NY, US

 

Thursday 08 August 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD, US

 

Friday 09 August 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC), Canandaigua, NY, US

 

Saturday 10 August 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, US

 

Friday 16 August 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI, US

 

Saturday 17 August 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Ruoff Mortgage Music Center, Noblesville, IN, US

 

Friday 23 August 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI, US

 

Saturday 24 August 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL, US

 

Thursday 29 August 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON, Canada

 

Friday 30 August 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, PA, US

 

Saturday 31 August 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, CT, US

 

Thursday 05 September 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC, US

 

Friday 06 September 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Pelham, AL, US

 

Saturday 07 September 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN, US

 

Thursday 12 September 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC, US

 

Friday 13 September 2019

Hootie & the Blowfish

with Barenaked Ladies

Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC, US

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