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Country Artist Darius Rucker backstage at the CMA Music Fest Helen Comer, hcomer@dnj.com

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A night of 1990s nostalgia invades Des Moines' east side next summer. 

Beloved "Hold My Hand" group Hootie & The Blowfish brings the "Group Therapy" reunion tour Aug. 18, 2019, to the Iowa State Fair Grandstand, a Sunday night. The show comes as part of the band's first summer tour in a decade.  

"One Week" favorite Barenaked Ladies opens the show, a news release said. 

Tickets cost $55, $65 or $72 before fees and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via iowastatefair.org

It'll be the first headlining Grandstand show for Hootie & The Blowfish; group frontman Darius Rucker played the venue solo in 2010. 

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An acoustic rock four-piece, Hootie & The Blowfish earned major radio and touring success in the 1990s and 2000s with staple tracks such as "Let Her Cry," "Only Wanna Be With You," "Time" and "Old Man & Me." The group won two Grammy Awards in 1996 behind the success of "Cracked Rear View," one of the best-selling albums of the 1990s.  

The South Carolina group announced a hiatus in 2007, reuniting annually for charity performances. Hootie & The Blowfish last released a studio album, "Looking for Lucky," in 2005, but plan to debut new material next year. 

The 44-city tour stops in Iowa twice, with the group scheduled to appear July 19, 2019 at the Great Jones County Fair in Monticello. 

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Additionally, the Iowa State Fair announced tickets to see comedian Gabriel Iglesias — a show announced earlier this year — go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Tickets to see Iglesias cost $32, $37 or $45 before fees. 

2019 Iowa State Fair Grandstand lineup (so far) 

Aug. 8: For King & Country 
Aug. 10: Slipknot 
Aug. 14: Gabriel Iglesias
Aug. 18: Hootie & The Blowfish with Barenaked Ladies 

 

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