Darius Rucker's 8th annual Darius Rucker & Friends concert to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has pushed the event's total donations to the renowned institute over the $1 mark. The concert, held Monday (June 5th) at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, along with a silent auction and golf tournament, raised $402,000 for St. Jude, breaking the previous year’s record and bringing the cumulative total raised for all years to $1.2 million.

Darius said, “You can’t help but be moved by the amazing work that St. Jude does. To raise this kind of money and awareness for them… for the families that rely on St. Jude, it's just incredible. I’m so grateful to all our friends who came out and donated their time to be on the show — and Brooks & Dunn for surprising me onstage! Just wow!”

In addition to Brooks & Dunn and Darius, performers included Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Michael Ray, John Oates of Hall & Oates, KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, and Paul Sanchez.

Darius and Friends has become the unofficial kickoff to CMA Music Festival week in downtown Nashville. This year's event officially begins on Thursday (June 8th) and wraps up on Sunday (June 11th), the same night that Darius performs on the main stage at Nissan Stadium.

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