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Ruthie Foster performance

Ruthie Foster
Winter Blues Festival

Date & Price

Friday, March 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Exhibition Hall


Reserved Seating: $38

Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $32*

Ticket price includes all-day Gardens Admission


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Five-time Blues Award-winner Ruthie Foster joins the lineup for our first-ever Winter Blues Festival. Known for her soulful vocal and skilled guitar riffs, Foster is often described as “a warm and engaging performer” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy Ruthie Foster in person.

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More about Ruthie Foster

In the tight-knit musical community of Austin, Texas, it’s tough to get away with posturing. You either bring it, or you don’t.

If you do, word gets around. And one day, you find yourself duetting with Bonnie Raitt, or standing onstage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi. You might even wind up getting nominated for a Best Blues Album Grammy—three times in a row. And those nominations would be in addition to your seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year.

There’s only one Austinite with that résumé: Ruthie Foster.

The small rural town of Gause, TX, had no chance of keeping the vocal powerhouse known as Ruthie Foster to itself. The worship services at her community church and influences like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin created the foundation of her vocal capabilities, developing into a sound of her own that cannot be contained within a single genre. That uniqueness echoes a common theme in Ruthie’s life and career—marching to the beat of her own drum.

Joining the Navy was one way for Foster to stake out her own path. It was during her time singing for the Navy band Pride that her love for performing became apparent. After leaving the service, Foster signed a development deal with Atlantic Records and moved to New York City to pursue a career as a professional musician. When Foster returned to Texas, she solidified her place as an up-and-coming singer-songwriter and began a musical partnership with Blue Corn Music, whom she has stood beside for all her releases over the past two decades.

Now comes Foster’s latest—Joy Comes Back—again on Blue Corn Music. When she recorded this album, Foster wasn’t merely singing about love and loss; she was splitting a household and custody of her 5-year-old daughter. The comfort she felt within the studio gave her the strength to pour the heartache of her family’s fracture and the cautious hope of a new love into 10 incredible tracks. Every note on Joy Comes Back confirms this truth: it’s Foster’s time.

Find out more on her website

*Gardens Preferred & Gardens Premium Member Discount 
Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members receive up to 15% off 2017–2018 Performance Series tickets and receive access to the Member Pre-sale. If you are eligible, your discount code was provided to you via e-mail. Use the discount code to unlock your Membership pricing.