Country singer Darius Rucker stops traffic in Simpsonville - FOX Carolina 21

Country singer Darius Rucker stops traffic in Simpsonville

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SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The sound of traffic filled Main Street in Simpsonville Friday night. And as police officers waived drivers along to the beat of their whistles, drivers' wheels squealed to a halt.

"We did think there would be a large crowd here for Darius," JoEarle Roach said as she was stopped in traffic.

Roach and her family decided to head to the Charter Amphitheater early to see and hear country music singer and South Carolina native Darius Rucker.

"Our little girl loves him. She likes to sing all of his songs," Roach said.

Cars lined Main Street to the entrance of the amphitheater, but some drivers didn't mind the wait.

"It was fine. It wasn't bad at all," Melissa Hill said as she sat in her car.

Some drivers said at one time traffic backed up onto Interstate 385.

"We decided to carpool just because we were coming from a distance, so it was easy for us," Hill said.

And that's why organizers with Charter Amphitheater sent out a Facebook post. It stated:

"... attendees are encouraged to carpool and arrive early."

"We've had a few shows that were right around 7,000 to 9,000, somewhere in that neighborhood, but we've never had a crowd quite this big," Rik Knopp said.

He's the marketing director with Charter Amphitheater and said he's expected about 12,000 fans to pack the place.

"We've really worked hard. We've learned some things over the past couple of years at some of the big shows," Knopp said.

Most drivers said they didn't have a problem and enjoyed the concert.

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