Darius Rucker Announces St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to Receive Funds From His Annual Benefit Concert

by Matthew Memrick
Darius Rucker

Longtime music performer Darius Rucker has announced an August 17 date for his annual Darius and Friends benefit concert. The live music event helps in the efforts of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Since 2009, Darius Rucker’s event has raised more than $2 million with the proceeds to help St. Jude families with treatment, travel housing, or food in their time of need.

“The incredible work being done at St. Jude really made an impact on me when I had a chance to visit and hear the patients’ stories,” the country music singer said in a statement.

After the pandemic forced the event online last year, this year’s concert is back at the iconic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Tickets for the event go on sale on July 23. Fans unable to attend can watch live online.

“They are some of the bravest people I’ve ever met, and being able to support them with this event is always a highlight of my year,” Rucker said. “I’m so glad we’ll be back to performing in front of a full house at the Ryman for such a great cause!”

Tickets start at $50 with VIP options up to $150, available at www.ticketmaster.com. Pre-sale access began on Tuesday, July 20, and live stream passes are available for $20.

The South Carolina native started Darius & Friends in 2009 to benefit the research hospital. According to Rucker’s website, a 2008 facility tour helped him decide on creating the event.

“This event is always special because I love seeing my friends come together to support St. Jude and the amazing work they’re doing for families,” Rucker said.

Darius Rucker: A History of Helping

The Grammy award-winning artist has provided help to many over the years. Notably, he’s worked with sick and underprivileged children over the years with numerous benefit concerts and volunteering.

Darius Rucker’s involvement in the Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation, named after his former band, has invested in South Carolina public education systems with nearly $4.5 million.

In 2018, Darius Rucker’s work with St. Jude’s was honored with the ACM Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award. In 2019, he received the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award at the Music Biz Awards.

Lauren Alaina, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Randy Houser, Lady A’s Charles Kelley, Ashley McBryde, AJ McLean of the Backstreet Boys, Brad Paisley, and the late Kenny Rogers have taken part in the event.

Last year’s show featured appearances by Clint Black and Tracy Lawrence. The 2020 event raised over $255,000 for St. Jude.

The concert planners will release a guest roster for this year’s show in the coming weeks.

The PGA TOUR, CDW, Hendrix Enterprises, Universal Media Group, Creative Artist Agency, A. O. Smith, AMD, Arrow, and Intel are sponsors in this year’s event.