12th Annual ‘Darius & Friends’ Benefit Concert Raises More Than $400K for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

by Katie Maloney
(Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)

Darius Rucker gave back in a big way during his recent benefit concert.

It’s always cool to see how celebrities find ways to give back after years of success. Darius Rucker is certainly one of those celebrities. And his acts of giving weren’t just one-off scenarios. Since his first visit to St. Jude Hospital 15 years ago, Rucker has continuously found ways to donate to the cause. He has far surpassed the $2.5 million mark with his efforts.

During an interview in 2008, Darius Rucker talked about what inspires him to give back.

“You see these kids who are sick, and they’re so happy to be there because their caregivers are so loving and giving to them. And then you find out that nobody ever gets a bill,” said Rucker. “That blew me away. I was just like, ‘We’ll figure out some way to help you guys as much as I can.’”

One of Darius Rucker’s most well-known fundraising events is his annual Darius & Friends benefit concert.

Most recently, Rucker hosted his most recent Darius & Friends concert earlier this week. The benefit concert in addition to his corresponding golf tournament and silent auction raised more than $410,000. Rucker and his country music friends performed to a sold-out audience at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The show was also shown to fans at home via the Mandolin live stream.

The concert was held virtually last year due to the pandemic. However, fans loved the option of enjoying the concert from the comfort of their own homes. So Darius Rucker offered the live stream as a viewing option for fans again this year. This was Rucker’s 12th year hosting the benefit concert. And he was joined by fellow country music superstars Jason Aldean, Brothers Osborne, John Daly, Keb’ Mo’, Runaway June, and Elvie Shane.

Jason Aldean Performs For Darius Rucker’s Benefit Concert

Jason Aldean is more than just a country music superstar. He’s also a generous guy. This was proven earlier this week when he performed for Darius Rucker’s benefit concert.

Aldean took a relaxed approach to his performance. He sat on a stool with just a single guitar player to accompany him. Aldean performed a stripped-back version of his three times platinum number one hit son “Big Green Tractor.” And He also performed his gold-certified number-one hit song “Any Ol’ Barstool.”

Rucker then returned to the stage to introduce the next act.

“I’ve been in this town for 12 years and I’ve gotten to know a lot of people,” said Darius Rucker. “But some people you get to really know and they become family. These guys are family.”

With that, the Brothers Osborne took to the stage. The six-time Grammy nominees performed their hit songs including “It Ain’t My Fault,” “I’m Not For Everyone” and “Shoot Me Straight.”

Overall, the night was a huge success. There isn’t a lot better than live music that helps save lives. Thanks for your work, Darius & Friends!