WFLA’s Lila Gross to hang out with Hootie and the Blowfish in St. Pete

**FILE**Hootie & the Blowfish perform during the Farm Aid concert at Germain Amphitheater in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 7, 2003. Pictured from left to right are: Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Mark Bryan. The group is again delaying the start of their summer tour as Rucker recovers from a staph infection in his left knee.The lead singer has undergone three surgeries to clear the infection and is still trying to rehabilitate the knee, the band said in a statement Tuesday, July 17 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Putman)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) —  They’re known for their hits “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You,” but now, Hootie and the Blowfish want to be known for their beer.

The popular 1990’s band will reunite Friday night at St. Pete’s Mahaffey Theater to put on a private show in conjunction with the launch of the band’s custom craft beer at Publix grocery stores in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

WFLA’s Lila Gross will bring you live coverage on Facebook.

Mark Zenow from Cord Management says the band agreed to perform this special concert at the Mahaffey Theater as part of the three-state rollout.

“This is a special opportunity to showcase the band’s beer and revisit the great songs that touched so many people,” Zenow said.

Hootie’s Homegrown Ale has been available for the past 18 months in draft form, but now the band’s brew is available in 12-ounce cans at select retailers in three southeastern states.

“Getting Hootie’s beer on grocery store shelves is a huge step for the evolution of our company,” said Founder of Rock Brothers Brewing Kevin Lilly. “Having a retail giant like Publix embrace this brand shows the quality of our product and the interest in our band beer platform.”

Rock Brothers Brewing has created craft beers for the past three years with other bands including, Have Gun Will Travel, JJ Grey & Mofro, Umphrey’s McGee, 311 and recently, Rebelution.

You can find Hootie’s Homegrown Ale at Publix, Total Wine & More, The Brass Tap, World of Beer retail outlets, Luekens Liquors, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Whole Foods and The Fresh Market.

The lucky concert goers won tickets to the private show through a contest put on by Rock Brothers Brewing but you’ll still be able to get live coverage of the event.

WFLA’s Lila Gross will bring you live coverage of Hootie and the Blowfish on News Channel 8’s Facebook on Friday night, September 16. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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