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Hootie and the Blowfish hold concert, back-to-school event for Charleston students

Hootie and the Blowfish at Homegrown Roundup (Source: WCSC) Hootie and the Blowfish at Homegrown Roundup (Source: WCSC)
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"Hootie High School" set for 2016 Homegrown concert (Source: Live 5) "Hootie High School" set for 2016 Homegrown concert (Source: Live 5)
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A Grammy-Award-winning band is giving back to its hometown this weekend. 

Hootie and the Blowfish will host their 14th annual Homegrown Concert, as well as a school-supply giveaway.

Starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, their sold-out concert benefits Charleston County students.  

Bryan Richard, Operations Manager at Volvo Car Stadium, said Friday afternoon both shows are looking at a 7,500 person capacity.

"I managed to buy the last four tickets just now," said Seth. "I live right behind the stadium, so I was going to hear it anyways, but figured I'd just come and see it."

With the large number of people coming from all over, they are taking some preventative measures to make sure everyone stays safe.

“We'll do the bag checks like we normally do, but we also have wands, where we're checking metal detector like things,” Richard said. “We do have additional security measures in place."

"I have no hesitations,” said Kevin Combs, of Kentucky. “This is a great venue, the people are organized, the planners are organized, they do a great job. We look forward to it every other year."

Combs said he tries to come to the show every year.

Stadium crews were putting the final preparations together ahead of the show, making sure the new additions to the stage worked.

"Hootie and the Blowfish does a really good job of doing their set design,” Richard said. “Each year they bring in a new setup. This year, I think is really cool, with a school set up, that looks like a school house. It will be a neat experience with the board above it for video."

The bands will play in front of “Hootie High School” complete with a large video board above them. They’re encouraging concert goers to use social media applications like Instagram and Twitter, and post pictures using the hashtag #Homegrown16.

Charleston Police will also be in the area making sure the concert goes smoothly.

Traffic has always been an issue on the island following concerts. Organizers are warning people you may have to sit in bumper to bumper traffic following the concert dismissal.

Two weeks ago Fairchild Road which connects to River Landing Drive and Island Park Drive opened, giving drivers another options to try and alleviate the congestion. Drivers who are trying to get on I-526 Eastbound can take that shortcut to the onramp.

"I don't worry about the traffic," Combs said.

The two-day even focuses on giving back to the community, specifically Charleston County students.

Concert goers are encouraged to donate school supplies before they head in to the show.

"I've been in education for 30 years and usually what we do on the second day, is we usually make a Walmart run and load up on school supplies and load it up on the bus that collects everything,” Combs said. “It's something we enjoy doing."

The band's 10th annual Homegrown Roundup will be held Saturday at the Burke High School Auditorium from noon to 3 p.m. 

The Roundup will serve the needs of students at Burns Elementary, Chicora Elementary, Mary Ford Elementary, Lambs Elementary, Midland Park Elementary, Pepperhill Elementary, Angel Oak Elementary, Mt. Zion Elementary, Springfield Elementary, E.B. Ellington Elementary, James Simons Elementary and Sanders Clyde Elementary.

Haircuts, dental and eye exams will be offered at the event. 

Bookbags, shoes, uniforms and other school supplies will also be available. 

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