One of the favorite bands of every college student of the 90’s, Hootie & the Blowfish, has returned.
They appeared on NBC’s TODAY this morning to announce a highly anticipated return to full-time touring in 2019, as the foursome sets out on the 2019 Group Therapy Tour with direct support from special guest Barenaked Ladies.
The band formed by Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld during their time as students at the University of South Carolina will visit 44 cities on the tour produced by Live Nation, kicking off Thursday, May 30 in Virginia Beach, Virginia and wrapping Friday, Sept. 13 with a Columbia, South Carolina homecoming.
The guys will also release a forthcoming sixth studio album under new label home Universal Music Group Nashville as their debut Cracked Rear View celebrates its 25th anniversary. Rucker’s success as a country artist should make this new project interesting to say the least. The definition of “country” has been blurred over the years, so we’ll have to wait and see about the band’s new direction.
Once the four of us met and started playing shows, we toured for years before signing a record deal,” said Rucker.
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.”
Group Therapy Tour Dates – 2019
May 30 Virginia Beach, Va. | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater May 31 Raleigh, N.C. | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
June 1 Atlanta, Ga. | Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood June 6 Orange Beach, Ala. | The Wharf June 7 Tampa, Fla. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre June 8 West Palm Beach, Fla. | Coral Sky Amphitheatre June 13 Austin, Texas | Austin360 Amphitheater June 14 Houston, Texas | The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman June 15 Dallas, Texas | Dos Equis Pavilion June 19 Phoenix, Ariz. | Ak-Chin Pavilion June 21 Chula Vista, Calif. | North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre June 22 Las Vegas, Nev. | T-Mobile Arena June 23 Irvine, Calif. | FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance June 25 Los Angeles, Calif. | Hollywood Bowl June 28 Wheatland, Calif. | Toyota Amphitheatre June 29 Mountain View, Calif. | Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 11 Englewood, Colo. | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre July 13 Maryland Heights, Mo. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre July 14 Rogers, Ark. | Walmart AMP July 19 Monticello, Iowa | Great Jones County Fair July 20 Cincinnati, Ohio | Riverbend Music Center July 21 Burgettstown, Penn. | KeyBank Pavilion July 26 Cleveland, Ohio | Blossom Music Center July 27 Bristow, Va. | Jiffy Lube Live July 28 Camden, N.J. | BB&T Pavilion
August 2 Guilford, N.H. | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion August 3 Mansfield, Mass. | Xfinity Center August 4 Saratoga Springs, N.Y. | Saratoga Performing Arts Center August 8 Columbia, Md. | Merriweather Post Pavilion August 9 Canandaigua, N.Y. | Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC August 10 New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden August 16 Detroit, Mich. | DTE Energy Music Theatre August 17 Noblesville, Ind. | Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center August 18 Des Moines, Iowa | Iowa State Fair August 22 St. Paul, Minn. | Minnesota State Fair August 23 East Troy, Wis. | Alpine Valley Music Theatre August 24 Tinley Park, Ill. | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre August 29 Toronto, Ont. | Budweiser Stage August 30 Hershey, Penn. | Hersheypark Stadium August 31 Hartford, Conn. | XFINITY Theatre
September 5 Charlotte, N.C. | PNC Music Pavilion September 6 Birmingham, Ala. | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre September 7 Nashville, Tenn. | Bridgestone Arena September 13 Columbia, S.C. | Colonial Life Arena