Blues straight from the heart of a down-home diva
Those who have followed Ruthie Foster’s eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride. She came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas followed by a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band and ended up in New York City with a major label development deal that went sour. Ruthie’s list of achievements includes Best Folk Artist in 2004-05 and Best Female Vocalist in 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013 from the Austin Music Awards, 2009 and 2012 Grammy nominations for Best Contemporary Blues Album, and two Blues Music Association awards for Best Traditional and Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist.
When Grammy Award-winning producer John Chelew suggested that Ruthie record an album in New Orleans — with support handpicked from the Crescent City’s overflowing pool of talent — it was an opportunity for Ruthie to infuse fresh spices into her already rich sonic gumbo. The result is Let It Burn, a recording that smolders, sizzles and ignites with an intensity born from her vibrant voice and indelible presence. Let it Burn features Blind Boys of Alabama, William Bell, The Funky Meters, Dave Easley, James Rivers and Ike Stubblefield. The record, which was last year, debuted on three Billboard charts: at number 2 on the Blues chart, number 6 on Heatseekers, and number 175 on the Top 200 Albums. It was also nominated for a Grammy award.
On Let It Burn, Ruthie takes the listener on her most personal journey yet, sounding like she is pouring her heart out late at night, and her deeply soulful vocals create a spiritual soundscape to support her testimony. This is the album her fans have been waiting for — and that the rest of the world will listen to in wonder.
Join us on the lawn!
There is limited seating available for this concert. To attend, you can reserve one space by clicking here. You may two to eight people in your space (the people in your square should be family members). You must show proof of your reservation with your printed ticket or your ticket on your phone at the gates to enter the lawn. Everyone in your square must also have proof of your reservation to be admitted. Seating is in socially distanced squares marked on the lawn. Squares are first-come, first-served. You can reserve one square only. Gates open at 6:15 p.m. Opening artists begin at 7 p.m., followed by the headliners at 8 p.m. You must wear a mask to enter the lawn. Once you are in your square, you can remove your mask to eat and drink. You must wear a mask any time you leave your square. Once the concert is over, please leave the lawn as quickly as possible. While at the Levitt, please stay a socially distanced 6 feet away from Levitt crew, staff, artists and volunteers. Please bring your own food, beverages, chairs and blankets. No glass containers, please. Parking is free. For directions to the Levitt, please see Directions & Parking.
For your health and safety
The Levitt has taken required health and safety precautions to help make your visit to the lawn as safe as possible during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Antibacterial stations are located by the restrooms and throughout the concert area. A cleaning crew will sanitize the bathrooms before, during and after concerts. Please do not attend concerts if you are not feeling well, have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, or have been exposed to the virus. Thank you for following safety protocols of social distancing and wearing a mask. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is up to all of us.