Rucker rocks the Cistern (like a wagon wheel) with free tickets

Hundreds of people crowded the Cistern, intensely awaiting free Darius Rucker tickets for his CMT Instant Jam tonight. (Photo by Courtney Eker)

Hundreds of people crowded the Cistern, intensely awaiting free Darius Rucker tickets for his CMT Instant Jam tonight. (Photo by Courtney Eker)

Hundreds of students snaked around the Cistern this morning, not for any CofC festivities gracing the first week of class, nor for a special deal on textbooks.

So why the line? Free Darius Rucker tickets.

Rucker, a famous country singer and Charleston native, announced on Twitter last night that he would tape a CMT Instant Jam live from Charleston – and that tickets were free. He followed up with a tweet today at 9 a.m., announcing that tickets giveaways would begin at 11 a.m. in the Cistern.

In the two hours between his tweet and the give away, thousands of people heard the news.

Darius Rucker announced his plans on Twitter.

Darius Rucker announced his plans on Twitter.

Senior Megan Bryson saw the tweet this morning and came straight from class to wait in line. “I really like him because he’s so genuine about his performances and he’s so humble about his work,” she said. “And he’s from Charleston.”

For sophomore Mikayla Ceraso, Darius Rucker concerts are nothing new. Remembering a past performance, she recalled proudly, “I was front row. He touched my hand.” Standing tickets to see him perform again this weekend didn’t stop her from getting in line anyway. “My goal in college is literally to meet Darius Rucker on the streets,” she said. “Maybe concerts count.”

Freshman Alexandra Steinberg has never seen Darius Rucker live, but hopes that she gets a ticket to tonight’s performance. For her, it’s less about Rucker as a musician and more about the fun of a free ticket giveaway. “I’m excited about just being with other students and meeting new people since I’m a freshman,” she said.

By 11:30 a.m., Rucker ran out of tickets, tweeting that the venue “only holds a few hundred.”

If you didn’t get a ticket, though, don’t fret! CisternYard has your back. Check online tomorrow for concert coverage!

 

 

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