Billboard called her “Nashville’s Next Indie Star” and there is little doubt that soul-rock singer Ruby Amanfu is a force. Since her star turn on Jack White’s Love Interruption in 2012, she was nominated for a Grammy, toured with Norah Jones, and released her transcendent 2015 debut, Standing Still. Ruby Amanfu and her band get your heart beating a little faster up in Mass MoCA’s club B10 on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8pm.
Amanfu’s voice is described as having both the soaring power of gospel and a hushed intimacy, and the singer is arguably on her way to becoming one of the greats.
A highly skilled singer-songwriter, Amanfu’s Standing Still track list also manages to spotlight a flawlessly curated collection of covers paying homage to musical icons (including Wilco, Irma Thomas, and Brandi Carlile) as Amanfu breathes new life into beloved classics.
Despite her youth, Amanfu is a music industry veteran. Born in Accra, Ghana, her family moved to Nashville, Tennessee, when she was three years old. Part of a close musical family, she was encouraged to pursue her musical talents from a young age. She’s been turning heads in collaborations with stars including Jason Isbell, Patti LaBelle, Sara Bareilles, Hozier, and Ryan Adams ever since. Amanfu gained acclaim during a successful run as part of pop-rock duo Sam & Ruby, and charmed the nation while competing on NBC’s The Sing-Off. A duet with one half of the White Stripes at the 2013 Grammys followed by a rendition of “Not Dark Yet” at a Bob Dylan tribute event in New York City sparked the interest of industry bigwigs, and culminated in the release of Standing Still.
Ruby Amanfu brings sultry soul-rock to MASS MoCA’s Club B10 on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8pm. Dinner will be available from Lickety Split before and during the show. Tickets are $10 for students, $16 in advance, $22 day of, and $28 preferred. Tickets for all events are available through the MASS MoCA box office located on Marshall Street in North Adams, open 11am to 5pm every day except Tuesdays through June 24, 2016. Beginning June 25, the box office is open 10am to 6pm every day, with extended evening hours to 7pm on Thursdays through Saturdays. Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 x1 during box office hours or purchased online at massmoca.org. All events are held rain or shine.