Nov 07 / 2022
Hootie & the Blowfish Return to the Carolinas for One Night Only
(RALEIGH, NC) – Diamond-certified and two-time GRAMMY Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish return to their Carolina roots next year with a one-night-only headlining show at PNC Arena, home of the Carolina Hurricanes. Set to take place on Friday, Feb. 17, 2023, the show serves as a pre-party for fans in advance of the Carolina Hurricanes outdoor game, where they will face off against the Washington Capitals on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Carter-Finley Stadium. Joining the one-night-only concert as direct support is indie rock band SUSTO, who also hail from the Carolinas.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com, with presales beginning tomorrow, Nov. 8. For more information on the game, visit NHL.com/fans/stadium-series.
The Raleigh concert will precede the highly anticipated return of HootieFest: The Big Splash, taking place April 26–29, 2023 on a picturesque stretch of white sand beach at Moon Palace Cancún. The four-day celebration of all things rock will feature three complete sets by the band, including two headlining performances and one special sunset set.
The event will also feature headlining performances by the Goo Goo Dolls and Barenaked Ladies, plus appearances by Collective Soul, Gin Blossoms, Everclear, Edwin McCain, Lit and Cowboy Mouth (two performances), as well as Occasional Milkshake and Voice of Harold, both featuring Mark Bryan of Hootie & the Blowfish. Additional details, including pool party performances and off-site adventures are still to be announced. For more information about HootieFest: The Big Splash, including how to book all-inclusive packages and payment plan details, visit HootieFest.com.
About Hootie & the Blowfish
With the rich, bluesy vocals of Darius Rucker and gleeful harmonies of guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, Hootie & the Blowfish have sold over 25 million records worldwide to date after their infectious melodies hit the airwaves in 1994 with hits such as “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You.” The quartet met at the University of South Carolina where endless gigs at frat houses and local bars built a major local buzz. Their blend of pop, folk, blues, soul and rock made them hard to pigeonhole, but easily accessible to anyone who loved good music.
Atlantic Records, impressed by their regional draw, signed them and released Cracked Rear View in 1994. The album had been out for six months before the band played on the “Late Show with David Letterman” which sent sales skyrocketing, eventually landing at No. 1 on the Billboard chart the following spring. Cracked Rear View and the band went on to win two GRAMMY Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, a Billboard Music Award and multiple People's Choice Awards. Cracked Rear View also earned the band Billboard's Band of the Year Award in 1996 and the RIAA's Diamond Award for sales in excess of 10 million units. At 21x Platinum, Cracked Rear View remains among the Top 10 best-selling studio albums in music business history.
The band remained a top draw nationwide following their debut and released five more albums for Atlantic: Fairweather Johnson, Musical Chairs, Scattered, Smothered & Covered, Hootie & the Blowfish and The Best of Hootie & the Blowfish, as well as Looking For Lucky on their own Sneaky Long Records and LIVE in Charleston, The Homegrown Concert Event DVD and CD. The band took a break from full-time touring in 2007, reuniting annually for a variety of philanthropic events while also pursuing solo projects. 2019 marked the band's first full-time touring year in over a decade as they embarked on the sold-out Group Therapy Tour in support of Imperfect Circle, released in late 2019 under a new record deal with Universal Music Group’s Capitol Nashville.
Hootie & the Blowfish also launched their own personally curated festival in 2021, with HootieFest: The Big Splash bringing four days of nostalgia and modern rock to the beaches of Cancún, Mexico for an annual celebration of both music and offsite adventures.