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Ruthie Foster Concert is July 8 in Marshalltown

Ruthie Foster

Ruthie Foster

Grammy-nominated Blues artist Ruthie Foster will perform at the Orpheum Theater Center in Marshalltown on Saturday, July 8, from 7 to 9 pm. Presented by R.S. Stover, the concert will be performed in the Orpheum’s Black Box Theater. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased in advance at the Orpheum.

Foster hails from the tight-knit musical community of Austin, Texas. Her career has included duetting with Bonnie Raitt, being on stage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater, and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi. She has been nominated three times for a Best Blues Album Grammy in addition to winning seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque from the Academie Charles-Cros in France, and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year. She also won the Koko Taylor Award, honoring notable female Blues artists, in the Blues Music Awards in 2013 and 2015.

Foster’s newest album, Joy Comes Back (released in March), features special guests Derek Trucks, bassist Willie Weeks (Bowie, Clapton, George Harrison), and drumming legend Joe Vitale (Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Eagles). In the album are 10 incredible tracks, nine of which are by a diverse array of writers ranging from Mississippi John Hurt, Sean Staples and Grace Pettis (daughter of renowned folk singer Pierce Pettis) to Chris Stapleton and Black Sabbath. Yes, Black Sabbath … Foster re-imagines “War Pigs” as a jam session with Son House. She also covers the Four Tops’ “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever,” written by Ivy Jo Hunter and Stevie Wonder.

Described by Rolling Stone as “pure magic to watch and hear,” Foster began singing in her community church and drew influence from legendary acts like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin. Joining the Navy was one way for her to follow her own path, and performing with the Navy band “Pride” developed her love for performing. After leaving the service she signed a development deal with Atlantic Records and moved to New York City to pursue a career as a professional musician. Returning to Texas, she continued to emerge as an up-and-coming singer/songwriter and began a musical partnership with Blue Corn Music. She released Runaway Soul in 2002, The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster in 2007, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster in 2009, Let It Burn in 2012, and Promise of a Brand New Day in 2014.

Tickets are $25 each and can be obtained by stopping by the Orpheum Theater Center box office or by calling the Orpheum at (641) 844-5921. Tickets can also be obtained by emailing tammy.losing@iavalley.edu. The Orpheum Theater Center, owned and operated by Iowa Valley Community College District, is at 220 E. Main Street in Marshalltown. Additional information is online at OrpheumCenter.com.

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