Hootie & the Blowfish are back in full force! The group comprised of Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld will reunite for their 2019 Group Therapy Tour with direct support from special guest Barenaked Ladies.
The band, which first formed at the University of South Carolina, will visit 44 cities on the tour, kicking off Thursday, May 30th in Virginia Beach, Virginia and wrapping Friday, Sept. 13 with a Columbia, South Carolina homecoming. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, Dec. 7 via http://www.LiveNation.com.
“Once the four of us met and started playing shows, we toured for years before signing a record deal,” reflects Rucker who, in the 10+ year break since their last formal tour and nearly 15 years since their last studio album as a band, has charted nine No. 1 singles on Country radio.
Felber notes, “Having those shows at fraternity houses, clubs and dive bars under our belt prepared us for success to a degree, and it’s something we’re proud of – that we put in the work – but what matters to me the most is that we’re still a band all these years later. We’ve never stopped being a band.”
“We were content playing clubs and small theaters, so playing to three-, four- and five-times that size was incredible, and we’re looking forward to that feeling again on this tour,” Sonefeld echoes.
Bryan adds, “There’s nothing like playing music live. For the first time in nearly 20 years we’ll be coming back to Columbia, South Carolina where it all began,” before Rucker interjects, “and we’re ready to rock.”
In addition to hitting the road on the Group Therapy Tour, the band will also release a forthcoming sixth studio album under new label home Universal Music Group Nashville as their debut album, Cracked Rear View, celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Cracked Rear View, certified by the RIAA as 21x Platinum and the fifth-most certified studio album of all time, marked the beginning of a whirlwind of success for the two-time Grammy winners who have gone on to sell over 25 million albums and notch 17 Billboard-charting songs to date.
2019 Group Therapy Tour Schedule
May 30 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
May 31 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
June 1 – Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
June 6 – Orange Beach, AL @ The Wharf
June 7 – Tampa, FL @ Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 8 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
June 13 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
June 14 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
June 15 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
June 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
June 21 – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
June 23 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance
June 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
June 28 – Wheatland, CA @ Toyota Amphitheatre
June 29 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 11 – Englewood, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
July 13 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 14 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
July 19 – Monticello, IA @ Great Jones County Fair
July 20 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 21 – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
July 26 – Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
July 27 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
July 28 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
August 2 – Guilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
August 3 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
August 4 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 8 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 9 – Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
August 10 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
August 16 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 17 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
August 18 – Des Moines, IA @ Iowa State Fair
August 22 – St. Paul, MN @ Minnesota State Fair
August 23 – East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
August 24 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 29 – Toronto, ON, Canada @ Budweiser Stage
August 30 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
August 31 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
September 5 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
September 6 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
September 7 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
September 13 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
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