Blues artist Ruthie Fosters opens Diana Wortham Theatre’s Mainstage Series

Ruthie Foster is the winner of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist, and she’s played Asheville more than a few times. Like, at The Grey Eagle, and at Warren Haynes Christmas Jam in 2010. Now, Foster and her band open the Mainstage Season at Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday, Sept. 20. “The evening begins with a 7 p.m. opening night party sponsored by Pack’s Tavern, and opening act, blues and roots artist Seth Walker,” says a press release.

More about Foster:
“An electrifying artist bristling with soul, Grammy-nominated Foster smolders with an intensity born from her vibrant voice and indelible presence. Backed by her excellent band including Tanya Richardson (bass) and Samantha Banks (drums), Foster can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel.

“Foster was Grammy-nominated for her last two albums: The Truth According to Ruthie Foster (2010) and Let It Burn (2012). With an unexpected collection of songs including selections by Adele, Black Keys, Los Lobos, Johnny Cash, The Band, Pete Seeger, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Foster creates a sound with the irresistible fire of the great women of soul, but with a freshness all its own.”

Showtime is 8 p.m., tickets are $30 general / $25 students / $15 children.

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