The Krewe of Endymion has announced that Darius Rucker and the rock band Foreigner will be their headlining acts for the 2023 Endymion Extravaganza. Other performers will include Party on the Moon, Groovy 7 and The Wiseguys, according to Ed Muniz, Endymion's long-standing captain.
The Extravaganza will take place in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Saturday, February 18th, 2023, which is the weekend before Mardi Gras Day. The theme for the 2023 Endymion Extravaganza will be "Endymion Salutes the Poets. Endymion's signature floats include Papa Joe’s SS Endymion, Club Endymion, The ETV Float, which beams live crowd shots on a giant 9-foot by 20-foot LED screen, as well as the largest float in Mardi Gras, The Pontchartrain Beach, “Then and Now”. The float is over 300 feet long and carries 270 riders.
Darius Rucker first achieved multi-platinum status in the music industry as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the Grammy Award winning band Hootie & the Blowfish, who have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide including their Double Diamond-certified debut album Cracked Rear View, which remains among one of the Top 10 best-selling studio albums of all time. Since releasing his first country album in 2008, Rucker has earned a whole new genre of fans with multiple #1 albums on the Billboard Country chart plus 10 #1 singles at Country radio and 11 Gold, Platinum, or Multi-Platinum certified hits. Rucker was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2012 and, in 2014, he won his third career Grammy Award for Best Solo Country Performance with his 11x platinum version of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” which stands as one of the top five best-selling country songs of all time.
With 10 multi-platinum albums, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 80 million. They are responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way from Home” and the #1 hit, “I Want to Know What Love Is.” according to Endymion's website.