Grammy winner Darius Rucker returns to Vail July 14 for fundraiser concert |

Grammy winner Darius Rucker returns to Vail July 14 for fundraiser concert

Darius Rucker points to the skies above the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater as he croons away for his adoring fans. Rucker mixes his country music with classic rock and pop elements.
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VAIL — Grammy Award-winning country music star Darius Rucker will headline the Rock the Research summer fundraising concert to benefit the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. The annual event is scheduled for July 14 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Tickets are available at

This will mark Rucker’s fourth appearance at the SPRI event and first since 2012.

“Darius is a fantastic performer who always puts on a great show,” said Dr. Richard Steadman, founder of The Steadman Clinic and co-chairman of SPRI, “but what makes his concerts here so special is that he is also a former patient of ours who embraces our mission of helping keep people active. We are grateful for Darius’ support and know this year’s concert and dinner will be another unforgettable event.”

About Rucker

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As the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish, Rucker was one of the most popular frontmen in mainstream pop/rock during the mid-’90s. The Grammy Award-winning band charted six Top 40 hits on the Billboard 100.

Rucker moved on to a solo recording and performing career, focusing primarily on country music. In 2009, he became the first African-American to win the New Artist Award from the Country Music Association and only the second African-American to win any award from the association.

Rucker’s rendition of “Wagon Wheel” won the Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in January.

Steadman founded The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute more than 25 years ago. Partnered together, The Steadman Clinic and SPRI work toward advancing sports medicine research, education and world-class medical treatment for all sports-related injuries.

Researching for A Cause

Proceeds from Rock the Research and the corresponding live auction will fund new research related to sports injury prevention and innovative treatments for orthopedic injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. This includes the prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis, as well as new initiatives to prevent sports injuries in youth.

Sponsorships are available and tickets for the concert, as well as VIP dinner and live auction, are on sale now.

Tickets for the concert only are $25 for lawn seats and $75 for reserved, pavilion seats. Both are available online at VIP tickets are $275 per person and include appetizers and drinks before the concert, pavilion concert seats, dinner (catered by Larkspur Restaurant), live auction and dancing in the tent following the concert. To purchase VIP tickets, contact Lynda Sampson at or 970-479-1563

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