Double bill of blues, soulful folk and gospel next week in GV |

Double bill of blues, soulful folk and gospel next week in GV

WHO: The Center for the Arts presents

WHAT: Charlie Musselwhite & Ruthie Foster – Double Bill

DANCE CONCERT – Limited Theater Seating

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30

WHERE: The Center for the Arts

314 W Main Street, Grass Valley

TICKETS: General admission standing room only: $32 members, $37 non-member

Reserved seating: $47 members, $52 non-member

The Center Box Office - 530-274-8384 ext 14

BriarPatch Co-op or online at


Two world-class blues artists – Charlie Musselwhite and Ruthie Foster – come together for a Double Bill where traditional blues meets contemporary July 30th during a concert in Grass Valley.

Musselwhite brings to the stage nearly 50 years experience as a bluesman, and calls John Lee Hooker one of his closest friends. With more than 20 albums under his belt, Musselwhite has collaborated with Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt and most recently, Ben Harper.

Foster is known for her distinctive voice and her award-winning, contemporary spin on the blues, infusing her sets with soul, gospel and her unstoppable charisma.

“Charlie Musselwhite is one of the greatest living harp players of country blues. He is right up there with Sonny Boy Williamson, and he’s been my harp player ever since Sonny Boy got killed,” said the late Big Joe Williams.

More than 20 albums later, the harmonica wizard with one of the most recognizable voices in blues, Musselwhite remains at the top of his game. This 10-time Grammy Award Nominee and 2010 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee has won recognition as a blues harp player, singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Ruthie Foster was born in the small rural town of Gause, Texas, raised in a family of gospel singers, first learning to sing during worship services at her community church. With this chapel-bred bravado, Foster trained her voice listening to the works of Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, and grew her sound into an inspired blend of blues, folk and gospel.

She has collaborated with Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers, Susan Tedeschi, Warren Haynes, Big Head Todd, and The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Tickets to the 8 p.m. concert are $47 for members of the Center, $52 for general admission and are available at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone at 530-274-8384 ext. 14, online at or at BriarPatch Co-op.

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