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Pre-concert Lecture at 7:00, Music for a Summer Evening, with composer Rich Festinger.
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fra’mani toscano, coppa and prosciutto cotto
genova bakery assorted breads and spreads
purple haze and orange blossom honey
parmigiano reggiano, fiscalini cheddar and nicolau farms goat cheese
petit brie en croute, orange marmalade, almonds and figs
olives and pickled vegetables
Point Reyes, cambozola, cabrales and verde capra
served along cherry gastrique, figs and apricot jam
pickled fried chicken sliders, creamy coleslaw and buttery pickles
cherry- bourbon bbq glazed smoked pork rib slider, butter poached breakfast radish
lobster corn dogs, ivory bbq sauce and pistachio dukkah
southern fried catfish tacos, remoulade, pickled red onions and avocado
crispy pork belly chunks, arugula-fennel slaw and mopping bbq sauce
fried green tomatoes, poached quail egg and garlic aioli
“finger licking good” crispy sweet and hot chicken wings
pit smoked heritage hog with “memphis to motown” bbq sauce tasting
smoked beef brisket
kentucky smoky beans and rice
topped with hickory smoked chicken, rib tips, and pork cracklins
hasselback potatoes and cheese crumbles
zuckerman asparagus, cream of corn and tomatoes on the vine
detroit greek salad
iceberg, romaine, tomato, pepperoncini, beets, chickpeas, kalamata and feta, house greek
vinaigrette. pita croutons
churrascos on skewer rods
picanha steak, lamb chops, shrimp and grilled oysters
light bbq sauce, chimichurri and romesco
charred root vegetables, butternut squash, sweet potatoes,
parsnip and coffee roasted carrots
griddled toast with chunky peanut butter, brulee banana and maple glazed bacon
toast, almond butter, plums and lavender spread
bourbon chunky cashew butter, bourbon peaches, bourbon cherry jam
cherries, strawberries and blackberry bowls with lemony mascarpone and brown sugar
With hands that effortlessly glide over the keys and a voice that will carry you to the moon, Sheléa’s musical mastery makes her one of the most exhilarating up and coming artists today. While donning multiple hats of vocalist, songwriter, pianist, arranger and producer, Sheléa evokes the sultry energy of Whitney Houston and the piano chops and writing prowess of Alicia Keys. Sheléa’s debut album, Love Fell On Me, is a return to true artistry; blending traditional pop, jazz, R&B and soul; marking an exciting revival of singing and songwriting in a music scene that is laced with auto-tune and beat driven numbers that read more like chants than songs.
Hailing from a musical family, both her parents sing and play the piano, Sheléa quickly realized that music was her passion. She would go on to work with legendary producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis at their Flyte Tyme production company as an in-house songwriter and vocalist. These experiences prepared her for the opportunity to pen and produce two songs on Chanté Moore’s last album, Love the Woman, including the album’s single “It Ain’t Supposed to Be This Way.” Sheléa also lent her stellar vocals to soundtrack projects including Hotel Rwanda, Akeelah and the Bee and Be Cool.
Sheléa, a graduate of Oakwood College, would soon team with another group of noted Oakwood alums, Take 6. Although they knew Sheléa for some time, Take 6 took serious notice of her talent in 2008 and requested that she sing lead on “Someone to Watch Over Me” for their forthcoming album, The Standard, which would go on to be nominated for a Grammy Award. As if that weren’t enough, her track also caught the ear of music royalty, Stevie Wonder.
By 2011, Sheléa was flying high. That year the film, Jumping the Broom, starring Angela Bassett, chose “Love Fell On Me,” as its primary musical theme. The song and the film were such a hit that when The View’s co-host Sherri Shepherd was looking for a wedding song, her Twitter followers overwhelmingly suggested Sheléa! She would later go on to sing “I’m Sure It’s You”, available on iTunes, at Shepherd’s wedding.
When Stevie Wonder was asked to sing for the President and Michelle Obama at the White House in May 2012, honoring composers Burt Bacharach and Hal David with the Gershwin Prize; he felt it was a perfect opportunity to showcase Sheléa’s ingenuity. He suggested she be added to the program and with that, Sheléa went on to bring down the house with her rendition of “Anyone Who Had a Heart” featuring Arturo Sandoval on trumpet.
Sheléa’s debut album, Love Fell On Me, evokes a simpler time of love through innovative storytelling and breathtaking melodies interjected with up-tempo driving grooves that display Sheléa’s edgy side. You can hear Sheléa’s classic influences throughout her music, but she is not a throwback. On the contrary, she is pushing the musical envelope forward and bringing us back to true artistry. Sheléa’s first single/video, “Seeing “You”, exposed the world to her classic romantic side. Sheléa’s second single released in February 2013, “Love The Way You Love Me,” evokes shades of Whitney Houston. “Love The Way You Love Me” continues to get massive airplay on both national and international radio stations.
In 2013, Sheléa gave a standing ovation performance at the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Awards as she honored the late Hal David singing “Anyone Who Had a Heart.”
In May of 2014, Shelea found herself back at the Library of Congress and performed with Narada Michael Walden for ASCAP’s, We Write the Songs event. This led to her current collaboration with legendary songwriters, Alan and Marilyn Bergman on a tribute album of their songs to be released early 2016.
Sheléa’s debut album, Love Fell On Me, featuring Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Narada Michael Walden, garnered the single, I’ll Never Let You Go, which peaked at #22 on the Billboard R&B charts and charted for 22+ weeks.
With the great success of her first album, Sheléa continues today to spread her musical talent across the globe. In 2015 Sheléa graced the stage with legendary Stevie Wonder in his “Songs in the Key of Life” tour. The tour was in support of Wonder’s eighteenth studio album titled Songs in the Key of Life. This tour received so much positive feedback and appreciation from fans that it was extended, adding 20 dates to the schedule. Sheléa played a major part contributing her sultry and powerful voice to the performances, getting frequent standing ovations and praise from the audience.
RUTHIE FOSTER BIO
In the tightknit musical community of Austin, Texas, it’s tough to get away with posturing. You either bring it, or you don’t.
If you do, word gets around. Praises are sung. And one day, you find yourself duetting with Bonnie Raitt, or standing onstage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi. You might even wind up getting nominated for a Best Blues Album Grammy — three times in a row. And those nominations would be in addition to your seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year.
There’s only one Austinite with that résumé: Ruthie Foster.
The small rural town of Gause, TX had no chance of keeping the vocal powerhouse known as Ruthie Foster to itself. Described by Rolling Stone as “pure magic to watch and hear,” her vocal talent was elevated in worship services at her community church. Drawing influence from legendary acts like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin, Ruthie developed a unique sound unable to be contained within a single genre. That uniqueness echoes a common theme in Foster’s life and career – marching to the beat of her own drum.
Joining the Navy was one way for Ruthie to stake out her own path. It was during her time singing for the Navy band Pride that her love for performing became apparent. After leaving the service, Ruthie signed a development deal with Atlantic Records and moved to New York City to pursue a career as a professional musician.
A deal with a major label would seem to be a dream come true for a budding artist. But the label wanted Ruthie to hand over her authenticity in exchange for being molded into a pop star. In another bold move, she walked away from the deal and returned to her roots, moving back to the Lone Star State.
Returning to Texas, Ruthie solidified her place as an up-and-coming singer/songwriter and began a musical partnership with Blue Corn Music. Her studio albums for the label began with Runaway Soul in 2002, followed by The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster in 2007, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster in 2009, Let It Burn in 2012 and Promise of a Brand New Day in 2014. Her live shows, which she has referred to as a “hallelujah time,” have been documented on the album Stages in 2004 and the CD/DVD release Live at Antone’s in 2011.
Then came Ruthie’s latest – Joy Comes Back – again on Blue Corn Music. When she recorded this album, Foster wasn’t merely singing about love and loss; she was splitting a household and custody of her 5-year-old daughter. Music was her therapy.
In the warm confines of Austin producer and former neighbor Daniel Barrett’s studio, she found a comfort level she’d never before experienced while recording. It gave her the strength to pour the heartache of her family’s fracture and the cautious hope of a new love into 10 tracks, nine of which are by a diverse array of writers ranging from Mississippi John Hurt to Chris Stapleton to Black Sabbath. Yes, Black Sabbath: Foster reimagines “War Pigs” as a jam session with Son House. She also covers the Four Tops’ “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever,” written by Ivy Jo Hunter and Stevie Wonder.
And she makes each one hers, aided by some special guests. Derek Trucks drops slide guitar into the title tune; bassist Willie Weeks (Bowie, Clapton, George Harrison) plays on the Foster-penned “Open Sky”; and drumming legend Joe Vitale (Crosby, Stills & Nash; Eagles) appears on several tracks. Local hero Warren Hood (“Champ Hood’s boy,” as Foster calls him) lays fiddle and mandolin on Hurt’s bluegrass-tinted “Richland Woman Blues.”
At one point, Barrett described the album to Hood as “some blues, some folk, some soul, some rock, some gospel.” Hood replied, “Sounds like Ruthie Foster music.”
Crab and shrimp stuffed gypsy peppers wrapped in bacon
Spiny lobster and passionfruit crispy tacos
Conch pineapple crudo miniature pineapple
Coconut meat, avocado and grapefruit ceviche and mini coconut
Bacon wrapped plantain and mango salsa
Crispy tofu bao bun with cilantro, papaya, green apple slaw
Beer, wine, signature cocktail
“Mofongo” with crispy chicharrones
Crispy ahi spring rolls with charred onions and ponzu sauce
Classic Cubanito sandwich
Jamaican Oxtail stew patties
Cauliflower fritters and ropa vieja beef
Lettuce wraps with green papaya salad and chicken satay with crushed peanut sauce
Seared ahi slider, pickled red onion, apple-celeriac creamy slaw, and spicy aioli
Plantains, coconut rice, and black bean guisado
“Viandas” and callaloo greens
Herb grilled fish and octopus
With pickled red onions and grilled green garlic, sauteed pea tendrils
Quinoa coconut mango salad
Baby Corn with chili pepper, lime and queso fresco
Grilled Fruit with Sugar & Spice Blends
Churros | Rum Cake
Mocha Fondue | Rum White Chocolate Fondue
Public ticket sales open April 10, 2017 at 10 AM Pacific.
Ahi tuna tartare ‘tini with sriracha mayonnaise
Blue cheese and potato soup sips with chives and a rye crostini
Roundman bacon baklava
Wild mushroom risotto on an Asian spoon
Warm fruit crumble parfait with honeyed crème fraiche
Scharffenberger dark chocolate ganache in edible spoons
(All will be passed.)