Ruston Kelly Closes Out Day Three on BMI Stage at Lollapalooza

Photos by Roman Sobus

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!

Ruston Kelly Closes Out Day 3 on BMI Stage at Lollapalooza 4

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UPCOMING DATES

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

Check out photos of Ruston Kelly’s performance here!

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