Darius Rucker Tickets on Sale March 20 at 10am
The Grammy Award winner and Grand Ole Opry member headlines An Appalachian Summer Festival, July 29 at Kidd Brewer Stadium at Appalachian State University
BOONE, NC — Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer and Grand Ole Opry member Darius Rucker headlines An Appalachian Summer Festival on Saturday, July 29 at 7:30pm. Rucker will perform the outdoor concert, co-presented by App Summer and App State Athletics, at Appalachian State University’s Kidd Brewer Stadium, with special guest Lindsay Ell. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, March 20 at 10am.
Concert tickets range from $35-$95. Due to anticipated heavy demand, online purchase is recommended at appsummer.org. For assistance or questions, please call the Schaefer Center Box Office at 828-262-4046.
An Appalachian Summer Festival, the university’s annual arts event of music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts, presents its 39th season June 24-July 29 on and around the campus of App State. The complete festival schedule — which will include four more popular music concerts, plus chamber, symphony, contemporary dance, comedic theatre, international film, and visual arts — will be announced in the next couple of weeks, with all events going on sale shortly thereafter. Visit appsummer.org for continued updates.
About Darius Rucker
Rucker first achieved multi-Platinum status in the music industry as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the Grammy Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish, who have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, including their Diamond-certified debut, Cracked Rear View, which remains among the Top 10 best-selling studio albums of all time. Since releasing his first country album in 2008, Rucker has earned a whole new legion of fans with four No. 1 albums on the Billboard Country chart, including RIAA Platinum-certified Learn to Live and True Believers, plus 10 No. 1 singles at country radio, and 11 Gold, Platinum or multi-Platinum certified hits. Rucker was inducted as a Grand Ole Opry member in 2012, and in 2014 he won his third career Grammy for Best Solo Country Performance with his nine-time Platinum version of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” one of the top five best-selling country songs of all time. He co-hosted the 54th annual CMA Awards in 2020 and topped the charts at country radio once again with “Beers and Sunshine” in 2021. Follow-up single “My Masterpiece” is available everywhere now as Rucker puts the finishing touches on a forthcoming album.
About Lindsay Ell
With more than 250 million global career streams, Lindsay Ell has been lauded as “one of the most exciting and talented young artists in country music” (Forbes). Ell has two Canadian #1 singles (“Criminal”, “wAnt me back”), a US #1 Platinum-status single alongside Brantley Gilbert (“What Happens in a Small Town”), and in 2022 was celebrated for her work as host of the return of Canada’s Got Talent.
About An Appalachian Summer Festival
An Appalachian Summer Festival, a monthlong whirlwind of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and film programming, is one of the region’s leading arts festivals, bringing more than 20,000 visitors to the High Country each summer. Presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features an eclectic, diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming. An Appalachian Summer Festival began in 1984 as a chamber music series, and retains strong roots in classical music, combined with a variety of other programming geared to almost every artistic taste and preference. The festival has been named one of the “Top Twenty Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society. With ticket prices ranging from $25-$50, as well as several free events, the festival offers unique opportunities for residents and visitors to create arts experiences suited to their individual artistic tastes and budgets. For more information, call the Schaefer Center Box Office at 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046, visit in person at 733 Rivers Street, Boone, or go to AppSummer.org.
Festival Corporate Sponsors
Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer, Mast General Store, Explore Boone, Goodnight Brothers, SkyBest Communications, Appalachian Home Care LLC, PEAK Insurance, Appalachian State University Bookstore, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants, Creekside Electronics, Courtyard by Marriott, Chetola Resort, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Holiday Inn Express-Boone
Festival Media Sponsors
WBTV, WCYB, PBS North Carolina, Our State Magazine, Creative Loafing Charlotte, Yes! Weekly, Winston-Salem Journal, Greensboro News & Record, WNC Magazine, The Mountain Times, Watauga Democrat, High Country Radio, WHKY 1290AM and 102.3FM, WDAV 89.9FM, WFDD 88.5FM, WASU 90.5FM, and WKSK The Farm
Festival Restaurant Sponsors
The Local, Lost Province, Pepper’s, Red Onion, and Timberlake’s Restaurant