See chart-topping country music star Darius Rucker LIVE in concert in Ridgeland, MS at Renaissance on Sunday, September 1st, along with up and coming country music stars. The gates open at 4:00 pm and the music starts at 5:15 pm.
Darius Rucker signed with Capitol Records Nashville in 2007 and
released his country debut, Learn to Live, in 2008 which landed
at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. His first record
garnered three consecutive No. 1 singles and earned him the CMA
New Artist of the Year Award. When Rucker returned to the studio
with Frank Rogers to record his sophomore release, he penned 77
songs for the album with the last song written becoming the lead
single, "Come Back Song." The result was the chart-topping
October 2010 release, Charleston, SC 1966, which has produced
two No. 1's with "Come Back Song" and "This." USA Today raved,
"Rucker has made a fine-sounding country album, full of singable
choruses, bittersweet fiddle and steel, and guitars with
bottomless twang," and Rolling Stone said, "On his Nashville
debut, Rucker's rich baritone, sentimental ballads and bright
hooks made him the most successful African-American country
singer since Charley Pride. Rucker amps up that formula on album
Rucker's shows center around the music found on his country albums, but occasionally he will embrace his Hootie & The Blowfish heritage by turning "Let Her Cry" into a very sad, slow country tune or rely on the acoustic intro to "Hold My Hand" to really rile up the crowd before the sultry lyrics pour out. As many times as we've all heard those hits, the renditions he has created with his country band, The Carolina Grey Boys, create virtually unrecognizable versions of the monster hits. With country chart-toppers peppering the set, it's raunchy crowd hits like "Family Tradition" and "Purple Rain" that truly showcase Rucker's vocal prowess and remind you of just how deep his southern roots run.
For more info check - dariusrucker.com
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Country powerhouse Liz Davis is a singer/songwriter from
Madison, Mississippi who currently resides in Nashville, Tenn.
She has achieved fame by winning the first season of MTV's
P.Diddy's Starmaker in 2009, and is most well known for making
the Top 20 on Season 3 of NBC's The Voice where she was a member
of country superstar Blake Shelton's team.
When Liz takes the stage it's nothing short of fireworks. Her appreciation of artists and music and the sounds of the Delta have led her to develop her talents as not just a singer, but an entertainer. Liz was born to be on stage.The energy, the excitement, and the audience response drives her to perform. With her charisma, confidence, and attitude toward performing, Liz is captivating. Liz has a personality that shines not just in her performance, but also in her attitude toward life. Honest, funny, outgoing, and driven, Liz has a deep passion for music and her Mississippi heritage.
For more info check - www.facebook.com/OfficialLizDavis
From the modest pews of a West Tennessee church to the gleaming
stages of Music City, twenty-five year old Russell Dickerson was
destined to make his way to the spotlight.
With a musical family background and the natural ability to entertain, Dickerson discovered his love for country music when his family moved to Nashville at the age of ten. "I got my first real hand-made acoustic guitar when I was sixteen," Dickerson says, "I was so excited, and even though I couldn't play it yet, I started a band."
Soon after, Dickerson began songwriting and cultivating a live show experience based on influences like Garth Brooks and Keith Urban. "When I write songs," he says, "I picture looking out at the audience and not just seeing, but feeling their response. Garth's shows are like a drama; overflowing with so may emotions. I try to evoke those same kinds of emotions in my songs and then take them full-circle on stage."
With a commanding presence both off and on the stage, the 6'4" Dickerson blends his rich vocal quality with a style all his own. "You've gotta' respect the traditional music while doing your own thing at the same time," he says. "That's what's great about country music - you can do that."
Continually writing, recording, and performing energetic shows, Dickerson has recently signed a publishing deal with one of Nashville's most successful independent publishers, Combustion Music, along with signing a management deal with Dennis Entertainment, and booking with CAA.
For more info check - www.russelldickerson.net
This world may not be short on beautiful young girls dreaming of
becoming country music stars, but Nashville hasn't come across
an artist with the charm, passion and singular vision of Cheryl
LuQuire in quite some time. Her combination of heart, sass and
soul creates a sound that gives young girls something to shout
at the top of their lungs while their mom's sing along too.
She's equally as comfortable rocking a honky-tonk as she is at
her home church and while she's definitely all girl she's no
stranger to a hunting rifle or a race track. Simply put, Cheryl
LuQuire is no manufactured country product. She's a loaded
pistol ready to pop.
Born the youngest of three girls to blue collar, Meridian, Mississippi parents, LuQuire was raised with faith, fun and music. "I grew up ankle deep in the delta blues and soul, knee deep in southern rock n roll, and up to my neck in country music," she explains with a grin. "My grandparents were farmers, my father was a railroad man and construction worker and my mother worked the assembly line at GM so I pretty much had to become a country singer!" Blessed with a look that stops traffic and possessed of the sort of self-confidence and determination that gets stuff done, LuQuire knew from a very young age that performing was her calling. "I sang before I could talk!" she adds. "Being a country artist has always been the career path for my life. There's never been another option."
Cheryl really began to discover the power of a well-written song when she was 12 and music helped her cope with the sudden and shocking death of her father due to a freak construction accident. "Music can be such a force for healing," she reflects, "and I was determined to use it that way in my life. The loss of my Dad allowed me to understand the world in a way that takes some girls most of their life to figure out. Life's too short to spend it weighed down by self-doubt, fear, or feeling that you're somehow not enough." This perspective continues to fuel LuQuire's songwriting spirit as she explores the travails of love and loss and the joys of a simple life.
By her early teens it was clear that this girl was something special. She wowed audiences wherever she played and developed her singing chops at a surprising clip. By intentionally combining her blues, southern rock and country influences into her vocal and live performance style she set herself apart in a world of sound-alikes and country caricatures. While studying music at Belmont University, however, life threw her a curve. When a pre-cancerous tumor required two rounds of facial surgery, her belief that beauty was more than skin deep was put to the test. "It was a real 'come to Jesus' moment for me," she admits. "It reminded me again that life is fragile and physical beauty is fleeting. We should live each day to the fullest without buying into the shallow values of the world around us." Did this test slow her down, though? By no means. "If anything, that experience lit a fire under me. I'm absolutely full-throttle, sold-out, committed to this passion of writing and singing songs that empower listeners to hold on to truth & to their value even when the bottom starts to fall out and life gets rough. My mom raised me to never half-ass a situation but to always give 100%. Whether I'm writing a song or performing on stage that's just how I am."
Her style, her songs, her voice and her live presentation have turned numerous heads in Nashville and it seems just a matter of time until the rest of the world discovers Cheryl LuQuire. Barrett Sellers of the William Morris Agency saw it right away. "Cheryl has one of the most powerful voices in Nashville," he says, "and an infectious personality on stage. I don't know how you could go see her live show and not want to go back again and again." BMI's VP of Writer/Publisher Relations Jody Williams agrees completely. "Everyone on the inside of Nashville's music industry is constantly looking for the next undeniable superstar," Williams says, "an artist who resets the bar as a writer, singer and performer. For me, without question, that artist is Cheryl LuQuire."
LuQuire's ambitions are unreserved. As she continues to assemble future hit songs (writing for SonyATV Publishing) and is winning over new listeners on the road one by one, she is dually committed to taking Country music to new creative heights and to being an affirming force in her fans' lives. "I'm determined to be a positive role model for girls and women alike in a judgmental world that tries to define us and tell us we're not good enough," she insists. LuQuire delivers on this commitment with songs that exhibit grace as they tackle real-world issues and experiences with unflinching honesty and relentless hope. "I want to be someone young girls and women alike can look up to for being kind and generous and for strongly standing up for the things I believe in," she adds, "you can let the world tell you who you are, or you can tell the world who you are. Life can be hard, but together we're gonna make it."
For more info check - www.cherylluquire.com
The Swon Brothers
Zach and Colton Swon remember their first performance in
Nashville like it was yesterday. It wasn't in a packed house
during a writers' night on a dimly-lit stage, or in the office
of a publisher who was eager to hear their latest songs. It was
actually a "pit stop" on the way to a family vacation in
Florida. Of course, they were only 9 and 11 years old at the
time, but to them, it was perfectly normal. After all, they'd
practically grown up riding their parents' tour bus and
performing as part of their family's gospel group since they
were old enough to talk. So stopping off in Nashville to pick up
a record deal on their way to summer vacation just seemed
logical to young Zach and his little brother Colton. And...
their parents weren't about to dampen the spirits of their
talented and determined young sons.
The guys didn't land a record deal the day they sheepishly walked into the lobby of a certain major record label and asked the receptionist if they could please sing for someone, but they did make such an impression on the president of the label that the three struck up a professional relationship. That single-mindedness of purpose and laser-focused determination to make their music the best it can possibly be has never wavered for either of these hardworking Oklahoma boys, who are poised and ready to share their own unique brand of heartfelt country music with the world.
There really must be something in the water in certain parts of Oklahoma. The state has produced more country greats per capita than probably anywhere else on earth -- Reba, Blake, Vince, Garth, Toby, Carrie - all hail from the same state where the Swon Brothers spent their formative years growing up. In fact, Zach and Colton grew up right down the street from American Idol- champ-turned-country-superstar Carrie Underwood, and the three shared a stage many times together throughout their childhood years. Traveling with their parents' southern gospel group Exodus, the boys were singing and writing songs practically as soon as they could walk. And it was a way of life they quickly grew to love.
"We traveled with our parents every weekend playing churches. Our parents were offered record deals here and there," recalls Zach. "But the most important thing to them was keeping the family and the band together. So ever since we were babies we've been on the bus, hearing music and watching live musicians. It's definitely what got us turned on to music. I played instruments earlier on than Colton, he was more the singer and stage performer. I started out on drums at age three, and by the time I was 9 or 10 I was playing drums for my parents' band."
Already a natural before he was even a pre-teen, Zach found the place he was most at home was onstage in front of a crowd, and he picked up plenty of skills learning from the musicians that constantly surrounded him. "I've always said I'm more comfortable onstage than I am in a group meeting new people out in a social environment I guess," admits Zach. "I just like being onstage. I just feel more myself I think. One of my best memories during those years was playing with Kenny Hinson. He's kind of the Garth of gospel music, and he's probably my favorite singer of all time. Unfortunately he passed away from cancer...I think he would have been amazing, but one of the coolest things that ever happened to me was we were doing a show with the Hinsons. It was one of the biggest crowds I'd ever played for, and the coolest thing was when he came out and sang with my parents on a song. I was 10 or 11, and it was so great!"
After leaving the road, their parents formed a family-style variety show back in Oklahoma in a nearby town, Wagoner, OK and soon Zach and Colton were charming crowds each week and cutting their musical teeth on everything from Elvis to Frank Sinatra.
"That was a little different setting, but that's where I came out of my shell onstage and really began performing," says Colton. "We had to learn everything from Sinatra to Michael Jackson in the show... even a Grease song, but of course, Country was our favorite music! We both had solo spots in the show where was sang. Zach loved Elvis, so he actually dressed up in a suit and wig and did an Elvis impersonation during the show."
"And Colton came out with the top hat and sang a Frank Sinatra song," adds Zach. "I enjoyed singing back then but I was more into playing. I feel really blessed to be a musician because I've never taken a lesson on any instrument. Drums, I just picked up naturally, and I got a chance to watch a lot of good players throughout the years with my parents, and they all showed me stuff. It was at the show in Waggoner where I picked up piano and guitar at the same time."
The Swons show at the Civic Center in Wagoner became very popular and soon they were filling the building to capacity as fans packed in week after week to watch them entertain. After building quite a following, Zach and Colton decided to begin playing as a duo and focused even more on their songwriting. Both have been writing since they were very young and now they return to Nashville on a regular basis to co-write. They actually have their first trip to Music City documented on tape -- not that they could ever forget that fateful day when they first became hopelessly enchanted with Nashville and its country music scene.
"Our parents drove us around to every label in town that day," recalls Zach. "They knew it wasn't gonna happen, but they filmed it and watched us walk in and walk right back out, and they're actually laughing at us on camera -- you can see the camera start shaking because they're laughing so hard at us walking out with our guitars, you know. And we're seriously disappointed because we thought that's how you do it... you just walk in, sing good and a get a record deal," laughs Zach.
"We finally made our last stop. We had gotten kicked out of so many labels and it was so disappointing. It's hard for me to take no for an answer," adds Colton, "so of course that final label said no and we got back in the car. That was our last stop before Florida so my dad said, 'If you really want to sing for somebody, just go in there and sing for the receptionist...I bet you won't.' And that was the wrong thing to say to me! I took it as a challenge! So Zach stayed in the car and I went in, I couldn't even see over the counter, I was probably 8 or 9 years old, and I was a little guy anyway. I said to the receptionist, 'Look, we're really tired of getting told no...could we please sing for you?' So she said, 'Sure, it won't get you anywhere, but you can sing for me.' So I went out and got my brother, who was hiding in the car. We both went back in and started singing an Everly Brothers song. While we were singing for the receptionist, the president of the label came down the staircase in the lobby from a meeting and stopped to listen to us. He told us to keep up the good work and then gave us a tour of the record label and some free CDs. He's been a good friend ever since.
The Swons are currently on NBC' "The Voice" and are Team Shelton, with fellow "Okie" Blake Shelton as their coach and they are looking forward to the future.
Before coming to "The Voice," Zach and Colton have spent the subsequent few years performing around their home state and releasing their CDs on their own label which have been well-received among their ever-growing fan base. Songs like the irresistibly catchy "Oklahoma Lovin'" and the bluesy, soulful, "This Close To Gone," not only show off their diverse vocal strengths, but also their ability to pen gripping lyrics that resonate with audiences from young to old. Their strong brotherly bond is undeniable in their performances as they good-naturedly rib and tease each other onstage and trade off on tunes. Their sheer talent shines through as they launch into their tight-knit, seamless harmonies. It's evident when you watch them perform that music is not only in their blood, it's in their hearts as well...
For more info check - www.swonbrothers.com
Samsung is proud to present Darius Rucker as part of the C Spire Concert Series. Limited tickets are available for the Samsung VIP Experience tent that features access to the latest Samsung technology and complimentary food and beverages. Buy your tickets today.
C Spire is proud to partner with Renaissance at Colony Park! Renaissance at Colony Park is a Lifestyle Center masterpiece. Elegant old-world design sets architectural artistry against luxuriant landscaping with beautiful water features, all in an inviting village center that plays host to an ongoing array of special events. Vibrant. Captivating. An unrivaled venue for shopping, dining and entertainment.
C Spire Concert Series at Snowden Grove
- 7/26: Hank Williams Jr.
- 9/12: Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bently
- 9/20: Widespread Panic
- 9/21: Widespread Panic
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
The C Spire Concert Series site is located in the green space between Renaissance at Colony Park and the C Spire building in Ridgeland, Mississippi, just off Highland Colony Parkway.
IS THERE PARKING AVAILABLE?
Parking is FREE and available in multiple locations. Parking is available at the Butler Snow Parking Garage (1020 Highland Colony Parkway). The recommended parking lot is located at Holmes Community College. Shuttles will be running beginning at 3:30pm (412 W Ridgeland Avenue. Exit 105c off i55, East on Old Agency Road .25 miles. Left onto Sunny Brook Road. Holmes CC is .5 miles on right).
ARE FOOD / BEVERAGES AVAILABLE?
Yes! Burgers and Blues, Biaggi's and Dippin' Dots will be on site to offer a wide variety of food and beverage options.
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE TICKETS?
Tickets may be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet, online at Ticketmaster.com or call
800-745-3000 from July 19. You may also purchase tickets at the
gate the day of the show.
Will Call tickets are available for pick-up the day of the event, approximately two (2) hours prior to the show. Please bring a valid photo ID and the credit card used for the original purchase.
Lost Tickets, Refunds & Exchanges
The Festival is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets. Please contact Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.
All events are held rain or shine. There are no refunds or exchanges for tickets. In the event that a show is cancelled or rescheduled for a later date, tickets may be refunded through the original point of purchase.
Ticketing / Resale & Scalping
In order to avoid problems with counterfeit, stolen, void or invalid tickets we encourage all patrons to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster and their authorized retailers or directly from the Festival Box Office the day of the show.
The Festival is not obligated to recognize, honor or receive for admission tickets purchased from a source other than the Festival Box Office, Ticketmaster or its authorized outlets. There will be no refunds and no exchanges. Tickets obtained from sources other than any Ticketmaster outlet may be lost, stolen or counterfeit tickets and in such cases will not be honored. Re-selling of tickets by private parties is prohibited on the Festival property and is subject to confiscation and arrest.
CAN I BRING...?
Typically patrons are allowed to bring the following, but final discretion on individual items is up to the event staff:
- Backpacks/purses (may be subject to search)Binoculars
- Blankets/seat cushions
- Ponchos/rain coats
- Sunscreen (non-aerosol)
For the safety and enjoyment of all our patrons, the following items are strictly PROHIBITED:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Coolers & picnic baskets
- Still cameras, dedicated audio and/or video recording equipment or devices
- Firearms or weapons of any kind
- Glass bottles
- Illegal substances of any kind
- Laser pointers
- Mace/pepper spray
- Musical instruments
- Sharp or dangerous items of any kind
It is our goal to provide a fun and safe environment for all patrons. The C Spire Concert Series has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy towards violence of any kind. All incidents will be addressed by the City of Ridgeland Police Department and Event Security Staff. Any persons involved in fighting or violent or dangerous behavior will be escorted from the facility and face possible arrest.