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First he was leader of the ’90s rock band Hootie & the Blowfish. Then a decade ago he set out to become Darius Rucker, the R&B artist. He got nowhere in that genre, so he switched over to country, which brought Rucker success and even earned him an historical marker — as the first black man to win the Country Music Association’s New Artist Award in 2009.
This fall Rucker will be the headliner at the WMZQ Fall Fest out yonder at Jiffy Lube Live. Also on the bill: Eric Paslay, David Nail, Cassadee Pope and Chase Bryant. In addition to its namesake radio station, found on the FM dial at 98.7, this year’s Fall Fest is sponsored by the Old Town Man Cave of Manassas and Cropp Metcalfe. Tickets are now on sale for festival to be held Saturday, Oct. 4. Jiffy Lube Live is at 7800 Cellar Door Drive in Bristow, Va. Tickets are $26 to $780. Call 703-754-6400 or click here.