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Oct 13, 2023 Concert at Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park
Precedes the Kentucky Wildcats vs. Missouri Tigers Matchup

Tickets On Sale Now at

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Three-time GRAMMY Award winner Darius Rucker will take the stage to headline the inaugural SHOWdown Lex event on Oct. 13, 2023. Set to take place annually on the Friday before a major University of Kentucky football home game, SHOWdown is a unique event concept pairing fans’ passions for college football and live music.
The 2023 event precedes the UK vs. Mizzou matchup on Oct. 14 and will take place at Rolex Stadium in the Kentucky Horse Park. Joining Rucker on the lineup is Halfway to Hazard with direct support to be announced soon.
Tickets begin at $49 for lawn passes, with various GA and VIP pass options available. Two dollars from every ticket sold will be donated to the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
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 Double Diamond-certified (21x Platinum) 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 Award for Best Solo Country Performance with his Diamond-certified (11x Platinum) version of  “Wagon Wheel,” one of the Top 5 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. New songs “Same Beer Different Problem” and “Ol’ Church Hymn” (featuring Chapel Hart) are available everywhere now as Rucker puts the finishing touches on a forthcoming album.
As a lifelong philanthropist, Rucker co-chaired the capital campaign that generated $150 million to help build the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital in his hometown of Charleston, S.C. and has raised over $3 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through his annual Darius & Friends benefit concert and golf tournament. In addition, Rucker has advocated for over 200 charitable causes supporting public education and junior golf programs in South Carolina through the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation and serves as a National Chair for the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville, Tenn. Rucker is also an avid sports fan, with his NFL x Darius Rucker Collection by Fanatics apparel line available at, and he is part of the Music City Baseball investment group working to bring an MLB team to Tennessee in addition to serving as a partner at the MGC Sports & Entertainment agency.  
For more information, visit and follow on social media @DariusRucker.

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