Darius Rucker caught up with City Paper ahead of his own homegrown festival, Riverfront Revival, that lands in North Charleston this weekend | Photo by Keith Griner

Riverfront Revival is coming to North Charleston’s Riverfront Park for the first time this Saturday and Sunday. Curated and headlined by Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker, the two-day event features 18 local and regional acts spanning country and rock ‘n’ roll. 

“I’ve been talking for years about how I want to do a festival in Charleston,” Rucker told City Paper. 

“We didn’t want to just do a whole bunch of national acts,” he said. “We also wanted to showcase some of the local bands, and that’s working out great. It came together pretty good.”

Charleston acts Susto, Blue Dogs, Lauren Hall and Drew Dangerfield will share stages with Trampled by Turtles, Maggie Rose, The War and Treaty and Funk You, to name a few. Musical acts will play on two stages and the festival will include food, beverage and art vendors. 

“For me, I just want to do my little part of bringing a weekend of fun — something to do and take your kids to and come out and hear some great music,” said Rucker, a Charleston native.

Rucker added that he can’t pick which performance he’s looking forward to the most for the festival, because all the acts on the lineup were ones he had his eye on. But he did have a few honorable mentions. 

“Sutso — I saw them live in a club and they blew me away, so I’m excited to see them play a [large outdoor] venue,” he said. “Radney Foster is my absolute idol. I’m going to be singing with him and watching that show like crazy. The Brothers Osbourne, those guys are my brothers. We toured together for over a year and they mean the world to me. Jimmie Allen — Jimmie’s my little bro. It’s gonna be a lot of fun — a lot of good people feeling good, having a great time.”

Tickets and info are available at riverfrontrevival.com. $1 from every ticket will go to MUSC’s Arts in Healing program. 

Check out the schedule below:

Saturday, Oct. 8
1:00-1:45 p.m. (Magnolia Stage): Drew Dangerfield
1:45-2:30 p.m. (Live Oak Stage): Nikki Lane
2:30-3:15 p.m. (Magnolia Stage): Lauren Hall 
3:15-4:00 p.m. (Live Oak Stage): Maggie Rose
4:00-5:00 p.m. (Magnolia Stage): Mitchell Lee
5:00-6:00 p.m. (Live Oak Stage): Larry Fleet 
6:00-7:00 p.m. (Magnolia Stage): Blue Dogs
7:00-8:00 p.m. (Live Oak Stage): Jimmie Allen
8:00-9:15 p.m. (Magnolia Stage): Susto
9:15-11:00 p.m. (Live Oak Stage): Darius Rucker

Sunday, Oct. 9
2:00-2:45 p.m. (Magnolia Stage): Lauren Jenkins 
2:45-3:30 p.m. (Live Oak Stage): Funk You
3:30-4:30 p.m. (Magnolia Stage): Radney Foster
4:30-5:15 p.m. (Live Oak Stage): The War and Treaty 
5:15-6:15 p.m. (Magnolia Stage): Wild Rivers
6:15-7:15 p.m. (Live Oak Stage): Trampled By Turtles
7:15-8:30 p.m. (Magnolia Stage): Charley Crockett 
8:30-10:15 p.m. (Live Oak Stage): Brothers Osborne


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