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Country music star Darius Rucker to headline Labor Day weekend concert at Renaissance in Ridgeland presented by C Spire Wireless and Samsung

Fresh off his successful True Believers tour, Rucker’s live performance will pair him with rising country artists Liz Davis and Russell Dickerson

Ridgeland, Miss. (July 18, 2013) – Darius Rucker, one of the hottest stars in contemporary country music with three consecutive No. 1 albums and six No. 1 hit singles on Billboard’s country charts, will be the featured headliner artist during a special Labor Day weekend concert at the Renaissance in Ridgeland.

Dubbed “Darius Rucker Live,” the Sept. 1 live concert sponsored by C Spire Wireless and presented by Samsung will also feature rising country artists Liz Davis and Russell Dickerson.

Tickets for the 6 p.m. concert, which will be held in the green open space area just off Highland Colony Parkway between the Renaissance shopping center and the C Spire corporate headquarters office building, go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 19 through Ticketmaster. Tickets are $30 each for general admission and $60 each for a limited number of premium VIP passes, which offer special access to the Samsung Experience tent in a fenced area near the stage and complimentary food and beverages. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m.

Rucker, the former front man for Hootie and the Blowfish and the first black artist in 26 years since Charley Pride’s “Night Games” in 1983 to score a No. 1 country single with 2008’s “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” is coming off a 20-city tour to promote his new album, True Believers, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart in May.

One of the album’s tracks, bluegrass-infused “Wagon Wheel,” has landed Rucker, a South Carolina native, his sixth No. 1 country hit and his second platinum single. Rucker’s rich baritone cover of the classic tune co-written by Bob Dylan and the Old Crow Medicine Show Band’s Ketch Secor has won universal praise and taken the country music scene by storm.

Sharing the stage with Rucker will be a two rising country music artists, including Madison, Mississippi native Liz Davis, who made the top 20 in the third season of NBC’s The Voice singing competition. Singer-song writer Russell Dickerson, who recently signed a deal with one of Nashville’s most successful independent music publishers, also will perform during the concert.

Samsung plans to showcase its extensive suite of phones, tablets, laptops, televisions and other electronics and accessories at the tent during the concert – giving consumers the chance to get a hands-on experience with the latest and most popular digital communications, audio and video devices.

“We’re excited about partnering with Samsung to feature their advanced technology and to bring Darius Rucker and some of the best contemporary country music to Mississippi, which has a long, rich tradition as the birthplace of America’s music,” said Jim Richmond, vice president of Corporate Communications for C Spire Wireless.

Richmond said industry research, including Arbitron’s 2013 “Radio Today” report, shows that country music is the most popular format in the U.S. today among all age groups and listeners. “Folks around here are passionate about their sports and their music – so providing opportunities for them to enjoy some of the best entertainment around is another way for us to engage with music fans throughout the region.”

For music fans who plan to arrive early and enjoy some of Ridgeland’s fine dining and shopping, the Hyatt Place at 1016 Highland Colony Parkway is offering special discount hotel room rates. To make reservations, call toll-free 888.492.8847 or go online at http://jacksonridgeland.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?corp_id=G-CSDR and use the booking code G-CSDR.

To purchase concert tickets, go to www.ticketmaster.com or call toll-free 800.745.3000. A limited number of tickets will also be available for sale at the gate on the day of the show. For more details on the Darius Rucker concert, visit the C Spire Wireless Concert series website at www.cspire.com/concert.

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