August 3rd, 2019, Nashville Tennessee artist having bussed his way in for a special headlining performance on the BMI stage closed out the third day in the most special way possible, and as only Ruston Kelly could.
Opening his set with “Cover My Tracks” from 2018’s Dying Star album, it really was the start of a heartfelt and authentic performance indeed. As he put it in our interview with him earlier, what makes a great song is “If you mean it”, “If you get up on stage or even in your bedroom and you mean it, you’re doing something great”. While I cannot speak to the bedroom, he sure meant it in his performance on the BMI stage; it really showed. In addition to his great talent, he also has a great sense of humor which he demonstrated with some audience members several times throughout the set.
Touring with Brian D. (guitars and keyboards), John Chong (drums), Calvin Knowles (bass) whose first show with him was that evening, and Tim “TK” Kelly (his dad) on the pedal steel guitar, they played a fairly subdued set, but equally as beautiful. Those in attendance were either moving their heads to the beat, swaying or dancing with their significant others to their music, it was not at all like many of the other artists at Lollapalooza that I’ve seen, it was better.
A couple other songs in Ruston’s set were his hits, “Mockingbird” and “Faceplant” to which the audience loved hearing!
Following his amazing set, Ruston Kelly also performed with The Revivalists at the Vic later that night for an official Lollapalooza after party.
Rutson’s Brightly Burst Tour 2019 begins soon, so, be sure to catch his show when he comes to your city. He’ll be back in Chicago on November 1st at Thalia Hall, so be sure to get your tickets now!
AUG 22 THU Tønder Festival Tonder, Denmark
AUG 23 FRI Tønder Festival Tonder, Denmark
AUG 24 SAT Once In A Blue Moon Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands
SEP 1 SUN Copper Country Music Festival Copper Mountain, CO, United States
SEP 18 WED Songbirds South Stage Donovan Woods Chattanooga, TN, United States
SEP 19 THU Bijou Theatre Donovan Woods Knoxville, TN, United States
SEP 20 FRI Terminal West Donovan Woods Atlanta, GA, United States
SEP 20 FRI Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Bristol, TN, United States
SEP 21 SAT Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Bristol, TN, United States
SEP 22 SUN Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Bristol, TN, United States
SEP 26 THU Granada Theater Donovan Woods Dallas, TX, United States
SEP 27 FRI White Oak Music Hall Donovan Woods Houston, TX, United States
SEP 28 SAT Scoot Inn Donovan Woods Austin, TX, United States
OCT 1 TUE Troubadour (Doug Weston’s Troubadour Tavern) Donovan Woods Los Angeles, CA, United States
OCT 2 WED Troubadour (Doug Weston’s Troubadour Tavern)
Donovan Woods Los Angeles, CA, United States
OCT 3 THU The Independent Donovan Woods San Francisco, CA, United States
OCT 4 FRI Wonder Ballroom Donovan Woods Portland, OR, United States
OCT 5 SAT Tractor Tavern Donovan Woods Seattle, WA, United States
OCT 7 MON The State Room Salt Lake City, UT, United States
OCT 8 TUE Bluebird Theater Donovan Woods Denver, CO, United States
OCT 10 THU Wooly’s Donovan Woods Des Moines, IA, United States
OCT 11 FRI Fine Line Music Cafe Donovan Woods Minneapolis, MN, United States
OCT 12 SAT High Noon Saloon Donovan Woods Madison, WI, United States
OCT 16 WED Blueberry Hill Donovan Woods St Louis, MO, United States
OCT 18 FRI Mercury Ballroom Donovan Woods Louisville, KY, United States
OCT 19 SAT A&R Music Bar Donovan Woods Columbus, OH, United States
OCT 20 SUN Saint Andrew’s Hall Donovan Woods Detroit, MI, United States
OCT 22 TUE Horseshoe Tavern The Drew Thomson Foundation Toronto, Canada
OCT 24 THU Bowery Ballroom Donovan Woods New York, NY, United States
OCT 25 FRI Brighton Music Hall Donovan Woods Boston, MA, United States
OCT 26 SAT U Street Music Hall Donovan Woods Washington, D.C., United States
OCT 27 SUN World Cafe Live Donovan Woods Philadelphia, PA, United States
OCT 30 WED Richmond Music Hall Donovan Woods Richmond, VA, United States
OCT 31 THU House of Blues Cleveland Donovan Woods Cleveland, OH, United States
NOV 1 FRI Thalia Hall Chicago Donovan Woods Chicago, IL, United States
NOV 11 MON All The Best Fest Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
NOV 12 TUE All The Best Fest Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
NOV 13 WED All The Best Fest Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
NOV 14 THU All The Best Fest Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
NOV 15 FRI All The Best Fest Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Photos © 2019 by: Roman Sobus