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February 25, 2007

Ruthie Foster in Victoria Tonight

Written by
cindy mcleod

blues music live Canada


An Evening With Ruthie Foster
Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria
Saturday, Feb. 24
7:30 pm

An Evening with Ruthie Foster

Powerhouse blues/gospel/folk artist Ruthie Foster makes a stop tonight in Victoria on her Pacific Northwest tour to promote her new release The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster. High Tide Concerts presents ‘An Evening With Ruthie Foster’ at the Alix Goolden Hall in Victoria.

Ruthie Foster’s songs are a remarkable hybrid of blues, gospel, roots and folk music rich with honest spirituality and emotion. Her simply amazing vocal abilities have critics comparing her to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. Ruthie’s passionate songs and scintillating live performances attract both the young and old for an uplifting experience of dancing, listening, laughing and even some crying; especially when Ruthie rounds out the joyous occasion with her versions of show-stopping gospel standards.

Ruthie’s performance highlights include PBS syndicated Austin City Limits, which has aired in 2003 and 2004; a 2004 tour of UK theaters with Eric Bibb; The Strawberry Music Festival in California, the Vancouver Folk Festival, the Willie Nelson Picnic, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Folks Fest in Lyons, Colorado, Bass Concert Hall, the Waterfront Blues Festival in Oregon, the Tonder Festival in Denmark, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Austin City Limits Festival, and many others too numerous to mention. While touring the Canadian Folk Festival circuit in the summer of 2002, Ruthie sold 1000 CDs in a day breaking a long-time record held by Ani DiFranco!

Raised in Gause, Texas, a small town 180 miles southeast of Dallas, Ruthie grew up surrounded by the rich, soulful sounds of gospel and blues. Her outstanding voice and superb original music have many influences including Sam Cooke, Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Thorpe, Sarah Vaughn, Etta James, and Lightnin’ Hopkins, although perhaps no one has influenced Ruthie like her mother, Shirley Jones, who urged her to “Open your mouth and sing, girl!”

for more information visit www.ruthiefoster.com or www.hightideconcerts.net

Saturday, Feb. 24 7:30 pm
An Evening with Ruthie Foster
Alix Goolden Performance Hall / Victoria

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