Staff Report for Island Eye News
Photos by Michelle Bolton Photography
Darius Rucker surprised his hometown with a free pop-up concert on August 27 at one of his earliest venues, The Windjammer on Isle of Palms. The concert was part of CMT’s Instant Jam series, which aired on the music channel on Saturday, September 5. With the Atlantic Ocean serving as the scenic backdrop, the one-hour show featured Rucker performing on the beach to hits including “Homegrown Honey,” “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” “Alright,” Hootie and the Blowfish favorite “Only Wanna Be With You” and more.
In the days leading up to the top-secret concert, Rucker teased the announcement to fans on Twitter – first revealing he wanted to meet up in South Carolina for a quick jam, then disclosing he’d be doing an “Instant Jam” in Charleston, and finally, on the morning of the show, he unveiled when and where wristbands would be available. Fans rushed to the College of Charleston’s Cistern Yard in hopes of securing a wristband, and with only a few hundred distributed, they sold out within minutes.
In addition to documenting all the buzz leading up to the show, “Instant Jam” included Rucker discussing how growing up in the South and near the beach influenced his music, why he wanted to do the top-secret show at The Windjammer, and how proud he is of his hometown uniting after the tragedy that occurred at Emmanuel AME. At the concert he lead the crowd in a rendition of Amazing Grace.
The staff at The Windjammer, who pulled the event together at very short notice, published a thank you the town on its Facebook page the next day for all its help.
“We all at The Windjammer would like to thank the City Of Isle of Palms. Without
all their help this day would never have been possible. From my first meeting with Chief Buckhannon. To him handing it over to Capt Usry. What the Isle of Palms Police Dept. did was awesome. “We would like to thank Chief Graham, I know City Administrator Linda Tucker had to have a hand in things, the City Council, Mayor and the paramedics on site. I think we had three heat related problems and one drunk guy trying to fight and I emphasize trying. It was all a lot of work but something that will be remembered on the Isle Of Palms for a long time. We feel honored Darius picked our Island to do this show. After all he could have chose just about anywhere he wanted.”