17 bands in 17 days – Day 14: Ruthie Foster’s soulful spotlight at Tropical Heatwave

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: Ruthie Foster performs at City Winery on July 29, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)

Only 14 days until the spectacular musical extravaganza, Tropical Heatwave!

Get ready to experience an incredible lineup featuring 17 bands across 3 electrifying stages, plus a Hip Hop Lounge. Don’t miss out – secure your tickets now for just $40 and prepare for a night of unforgettable entertainment!

When it comes to blues, Ruthie Foster is in a league of her own. Her remarkable vocal abilities were on display during worship services at her community church in Gause, Texas. She was raised by a family of gospel singers, and her distinctive performance style became a blend of gospel, blues, and folk. Her passion for performing was sparked by national recruitment drives during her time in the Navy.  

AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 02: Ruthie Foster performs at the Texas Conference For Women 2017 at Austin Convention Center on November 2, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/Getty Images for Texas Conference for Women)

As she traveled the coast and encountered a wide range of cultures, she was motivated to combine the various styles she had come across in order to pursue a career as a professional musician in New York City. A label approached Ruthie while she was in New York with an offer of a pop artist development deal, but she turned it down since she preferred roots music and went back to her hometown to re-discover the music that had inspired her. 

While there, she released her debut album, Full Circle, in 1997. This album caught the attention of musicians in the Austin scene and landed her a deal with the independent label- Blue Corn Music. Since then, she has released nine studio albums and has received five Grammy nominations. 

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 31: Musician Ruthie Foster performs onstage at The GRAMMY Museum Presents The Drop : Ruthie Foster at the GRAMMY Museum on January 31, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)

The Rolling Stones have described her performances as “pure magic to watch and hear.” Healing Time is her most recent album, featuring collaborations with Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. Even though the first song, “Soul Searching,” is about overcoming hardships, the song’s tone is one of optimism, which represents the time period in which it was written, that being during Covid-19. Foster says herself- “This album says a lot about the period we were making it in and how I wanted to find my way out of it.”

Do not miss out on the opportunity to witness Ruithie Foster’s timeless performances at Tropical Heatwave 2024! Her performance will take place at the Cuban Club Patio. Prepare to be captivated by one of the most compelling fusions of rich blues instrumentals, profound lyrics, and soulful vocals. 

Countdown to Tropical Heatwave 2024:

Day 17: Say She She

Day 16: Gulfport Gecko Amalgamated Marching Band

Day 15: WAHH World Fusion Band




 The Sensational Barnes Brothers (6:30 pm – 7:30 pm)

Eddie 9V (7:50 pm – 8:50 pm)

Ruthie Foster (9:10 pm – 10:10 pm)

The Record Company (10:30 pm – 11:30 pm)

Say She She (11:45 pm – 12:45 am)


Kristopher James Band (6:15 pm – 7:15 pm)

Selwyn Birchwood (7:35 pm – 8:35 pm)

The Dollyrots (8:55 pm – 9:55 pm)

Sweeping Promises (10:15 pm – 11:15 pm)

Tiger 54 (11:30 pm – 12:15 am)


The Real Clash (6:00 pm – 6:45 pm)

Black Valley Moon (7:00 pm – 7:45 pm)

Divine AF (8:00 pm – 8:45 pm)

Soul Purpose IV (9:00 pm – 9:45 pm)

Northstar (10:00 pm – 10:45 pm)

WAHH World Fusion Band (11 pm – 11:45 pm)


7pm – 11pm “Hip Hop Lounge” 50 years of Hip Hop

Doors open at 5pm, music begins at 5:30pm with the Gulfport Geckos Marching Band, stages start at 6pm… nonstop until 12:45am!!

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