One of Levitt Dayton’s biggest draws is coming back and bringing her band

The Monster Energy Up & Up Festival college music series featuring TWO FRIENDS came to Levitt Pavilion in Dayton on Friday, Nov. 2. Dayton students won first place in a national student challenge to bring TWO FRIENDS to their college town. DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

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The Monster Energy Up & Up Festival college music series featuring TWO FRIENDS came to Levitt Pavilion in Dayton on Friday, Nov. 2. Dayton students won first place in a national student challenge to bring TWO FRIENDS to their college town. DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

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One of the biggest acts to play Levitt Pavilion at Dave Hall Plaza during its inaugural season is coming back, and this time she is bringing her band.

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Blues vocalist Ruthie Foster and her band will play Levitt Pavilion, 134 S. Main St. in downtown Dayton, at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6, Madeline Hart, Friends of Levitt Pavilion Dayton's director of outreach and community engagement, told this new organization.

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Ruthie Foster says time in the studio after the end of a relationship was her therapy and led to “Joy Comes Back.” Photo by John Carrico

Ruthie Foster says time in the studio after the end of a relationship was her therapy and led to “Joy Comes Back.” Photo by John Carrico

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Ruthie Foster says time in the studio after the end of a relationship was her therapy and led to “Joy Comes Back.” Photo by John Carrico

The concert, like most others held at Levitt, will be free to attend.

Just under 2,000 people packed the outdoor music venue’s lawn in 2018 to hear Foster play.

A favorite from Dayton’s former Cityfolk festival concerts, Hart said Foster was one of the largest draws to Levitt last year.

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Several fans requested that she be invited back with her band.

“There was something about her concert and her energy that was in line with our mission,” Hart said of Foster’s show.

Levitt Dayton, a nonprofit based downtown, announced at a recent community mixer held at Third Perk Coffeehouse & Wine Bar that gospel singer Tonya Baker would be among the 50 acts to perform at the venue this summer.

Her show has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.

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The complete lineup for this summer’s concerts will be revealed on Wednesday, April 17, at a free party at Table 33, 130 W. Second St. in downtown Dayton.

Foster has performed with Bonnie Raitt,  the Allman Brothers and Susan Tedeschi. She has been nominated for three consecutive Best Blues Album Grammy  awards. She won 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.

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Ruthie Foster is releasing a new record, "Joy Comes Back." PHOTO CREDIT: John Carrico

Credit: John Carrico

Ruthie Foster is releasing a new record, "Joy Comes Back." PHOTO CREDIT: John Carrico

Credit: John Carrico

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Ruthie Foster is releasing a new record, "Joy Comes Back." PHOTO CREDIT: John Carrico

Credit: John Carrico

Credit: John Carrico

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