Hootie & The Blowfish will once again be the centerpiece of Five Points nightlife. But this time their position will be permanent.
On Oct. 21, a large public art piece honoring the band will be unveiled.
The stainless steel and black granite piece - 20 feet long, 10 feet wide and 12 to 14 feet tall - will be placed at the corner of Santee Avenue and Harden Street, across from Yesterdays Restaurant & Tavern.
That part of Santee Avenue will be renamed Hootie Boulevard.
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The view from inside Good for the Sole Shoes will change dramatically, and patrons will be able to walk through the piece to get to the front door.
"I think it's fantastic," owner Kelly Tabor said. "I can't wait for it to be installed."
Hootie, which will celebrate 25 years together next year, was the post-grunge poster boy of mid-'90s mainstream rock. The Southern charm and soft-around-the-edges rockers sold more than 16 million copies of their debut album, "Cracked Rear View," and it remains one of the best-sellers of all time.
As frontman Darius Rucker enjoys a popularity resurgence in country music, the band hasn't been playing as many dates together. But all four members - Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Jim "Soni" Sonefeld and Rucker - will be at the unveiling and celebration.
A tribute concert will feature Cravin' Melon, The Blue Dogs, Patrick Davis, Tootie and The Jones, Treadmill Trackstar, The Soul Mites and Danielle Howle performing short sets, including Hootie covers.