Season Program | Big Top Chautauqua 2016 - Page 27

RUTHIE FOSTER SAT Aug 20 7:30pm Jonny Lang The High Kings The Fabulous Thunderbirds Opening set: Room 2 Groove Box* Tickets: $20/$28/$38 $53 SUN Aug 21 7:30pm Tickets: $50/$63/$76 ∆Dance Alert Box* 91 $ Socks in the Frying Pan THU Aug 25 7:30pm Tickets: $22/$33/$44 Box* 59 $ From houses of worship to houses of blues, Ruthie Foster has always been a rafter-rattler. And with a soul-filled voice honed in Texas churches, she can move audiences to tears or ecstasy – sometimes in a single song. Her two albums, 2009's The Truth According to Ruthie Foster and 2012's Let It Burn, moved the Recording Academy to deliver Best Blues Album Grammy nominations. Her latest release, Promise of a Brand New Day, earned her a third Grammy nod in 2015. We welcome Ruthie back for her third visit to the Big Top stage. For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group's distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by Texas blues, swamp blues, R&B and rock, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as "Tuff Enuff" and "Wrap It Up." Jonny Lang is a Grammy Award-winning American blues, gospel and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. When he first appeared on the stage at the age of 16, he was known as Kid Jonny Lang – heralded for his gritty blues voice and his amazing guitar solos. Since then he has toured with The Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, B.B. King and Eric Clapton. Ireland's Folk Band of the Year, The High Kings are Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden. Coming from impressive musical pedigrees, The High Kings grew up soaked in the Irish musical tradition. Since 2008, they have sold out hundreds of shows in Ireland and the U.S., and achieved platinum status with their first two albums. This year they're joined by fellow Irish Fest performers Socks in the Frying Pan, a multi-award winning trio from County Clare whose dynamic vocal harmonies, virtuosic musical ability and their onstage wit has captured and captivated audiences the world around. Sponsored by: •Motion-to-Go• Sponsored by: •Kim & Derek Ogle• Sponsored by: •Northern State Bank• •Ashland Construction• 831 Main St. W. Ashland, WI 715-682-6144 JLargest selection of wine, liquor, beer, and craft beer in the area JLeinie Lodge walk-in beer cave JHome of the Apostle Islands Tasting Room JHuge selection of Gift sets JWisconsin cheese, sausage, & cheese spread JHuge bloody Mary mixology department J3,000 count cigar humidor with huge discount smoke shop Open 7 Days a Week • 365 Days a Year *Box Seating: in back of the tent on a raised deck; great view, excellent sound, and cocktail service; A-price+$15 (715)373-5552 WWW.BIGTOP.ORG 27