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Hootie & the Blowfish are longtime Lowcountry favorites, and Charlestonians turned out in droves for Friday night’s portion of the Homegrown Weekend at Daniel Island’s Family Circle Stadium. The majority of the crowd consisted of devoted local fans, but more than a few attendees had roadtripped from across the Southeast for the weekend’s festivities.

Music lovers of all ages and from all walks of life poured into the stadium for opening act Toad the Wet Sprocket, pausing to check out the merch table or snag a snack on their way to their seats. While some guests lingered around the food and beverage stands, the more avid fans, including a trio of men proudly rocking midriff-baring Hootie tank tops, could be spotted singing along and snapping photos of Toad the Wet Sprocket.

Toad the Wet Sprocket played their last song as the sun began to set, and they received an enthusiastic round of applause from the crowd. Then came a short break, where those with floor seats entertained themselves by batting balloons in the air before the lights up. The crowd immediately came to their feet, and Hootie & the Blowfish stepped on stage to an overwhelming welcome from their fans.

The energy was palpable as the band played their first several songs, and frontman Darius Rucker egged on the crowd with friendly banter while barefoot guitarist Mark Bryan jumped in the air and then hopped off the stage for an impromptu dance with a lucky lady in the front row.

Charleston was glad to have their boys back on stage, and the energy skyrocketed as Hootie & the Blowfish began playing number one hits “Time” and “Let Her Cry.”

The beautiful summer evening eventually drew to a close, but Hootie & the Blowfish returned for another show on Saturday night, along with Ken Block and Andrew Copeland of Sister Hazel.

The Hootie & the Blowfish Homegrown Concert on Saturday was kicked off by Hootie’s Homegrown Roundup: Back to School Basics, a benefit event collecting school supplies for needy elementary school children.
 

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