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Darius Rucker to Highlight Allstate Fan Fest

Monday, December 6, 2010

Country music's newest star Darius Rucker will highlight the Allstate Fan Fest activities prior to the 77th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic this January. The Allstate Fan Fest is a free event which runs from Noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 2 and Monday, Jan. 3 on Decatur Street adjacent to the Hard Rock Café (Jax Brewery Parking Lot). The event will culminate with Rucker performing a free show beginning at 6 p.m. on Jan. 3.

Allstate Fan Fest

This year's Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic features Arkansas, from the Southeastern Conference, against Ohio State, from the Big Ten Conference, on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 in the Louisiana Superdome. The game is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN.

The Allstate Fan Fest has routinely featured free shows from major recording artists including Lady Antebellum, Gin Blossoms, Blues Traveler, Eddie Money and Lifehouse. The event also includes Allstate® Sugar Bowl official team pep rallies with cheerleaders and bands from both schools, a chance to win a 2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl V.I.P. Game Experience, an appearance by the Allstate A.F.C.A. Good Works Team, photo opportunities with the Allstate Sugar Bowl trophy, a football skills challenge and live bowl game broadcasts.

Darius Rucker is riding high with the release of his sophomore country album, Charleston, SC 1966, on Capitol Records Nashville.  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 number two." The debut in referral is his chart-topping 2008 release, Learn To Live - an album that produced three consecutive No. 1 singles ("Don't Think I Don't Think About It," "It Won't Be Like This For Long," "Alright") and Top 5 smash ("History In The Making"),  Rucker's success in the country music format was recently recognized at the 43rd Annual CMA Awards when he received the Top New Artist title and again with an ACM Award nomination in the Top Male Vocalist of the Year category.

Charleston, SC 1966--a title which pays tribute to one of Rucker's biggest influences, Radney Foster--includes the multiple-week #1 hit single, "Come Back Song," and his new single, "This."  Fans can see currently on the Brad Paisley H2O World Tour presented by Chevy through March 2011.

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