Spring Concert Announced! Darius Rucker to Perform at Bucknell

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That’s right – Bucknell’s concert committee has snagged Country singer Darius Rucker for its Spring Concert! Rucker, the former front man of Hootie & the Blowfish will come to Sojka Pavillion on April 11th – tickets are $30 for students, $35 for non-students. Doors open at 6:30. After a successful career with Hootie, Rucker moved on from rock to venture into a solo Country career. Most recently, his cover of Old Crow Medicine’s “Wagon Wheel” reached number one on the Country charts and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance. Before “Wagon Wheel”, Rucker also enjoyed a successful career as the primary songwriter for Hootie, making the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 on six occasions.

Joining Rucker on campus is Eli Young Band, a successful Country band in its own right. Named after front man Mike Eli and guitarist James Young, the four-piece band has released three number one singles on the Billboard Country charts, including “Crazy Girl,” “Drunk Last Night,” and “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.” The band has released five studio albums and will assuredly be an entertaining opening act.

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Following a series of concerts grounded in hip-hop, Concert Committee has attempted to expand their palette, starting with Avicii (almost) last year and now with two prominent Country artists. Attracting a Grammy nominated artist, regardless of genre, is a feat in and of itself, but what is most impressive is Concert Committee’s attention to the overall trend of what Bucknell students are generally listening to. While there is definitely a large portion of students who wouldn’t list Country as their favorite genre, it seems lately that many students are leaning favorably in that direction.

Not all students are impressed however. Said one student: “I love Country, but what is the point of going to a Country concert indoors?” This may seem trivial at first, but given the summer barbeque-and-beer atmosphere of most Country concerts, one can understand the dilemma here. Regardless of the venue, the concert should prove entertaining from a musical standpoint at the very least.

While I would still like to see more diversity in the artists that are brought to campus (perhaps a number of smaller concerts with lesser known artists, each based on a different genre), I think Concert Committee’s efforts over the last two semesters have been admirable. Given the success of the Country artists from Fall Fest a year ago, this seems a natural and fitting move. See you April 11th!