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Blues legend Lavelle White returns to the stage with a performance at the Rooftop

Blues legend Lavelle White returns to the stage with a performance at the Rooftop

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Lavelle White has been an integral part of the Texas — and national — blues scene for decades. And, at the age of 83, White is still sharing her phenomenal talent with the ears of Austin.

The bluesy songstress ventured away from home in her early years to build a career, tour the world and share stages with such legends as B.B. King, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. Eventually, after years on the road, White returned to Texas, making a lasting impression on the Houston music scene before settling in Austin.

 On Saturday, August 11, Lavelle White returns to the Austin stage, this time at Uncle Billy’s Rooftop on Lake Travis. 

Lavelle White became a staple of the Austin blues scene, maintaining a longstanding residency at famed blues club Antone’s. Though her voice has been gracing stages for decades, White has only released three albums, starting with 1994’s Miss Lavelle, released on the Antone’s label when she was 65.

Her records might be sparse, but her influence is not: In 2006, White was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame, solidifying her position as a Texas legend.

On Saturday, August 11, Lavelle White returns to the Austin stage, this time at Uncle Billy’s Rooftop on Lake Travis, where, as the sun goes down, the music will start. Saturday’s show offers a chance to catch the intimate performance of a true legend, and simultaneously support her in a time of need.

It’s been circulating recently that Miss Lavelle White has fallen on hard financial times, and is in desperate need of housing assistance. Her unfortunate situation has sparked a group of women in the entertainment industry — including Marcia Ball, Carolyn Wonderland and Nancy Fly —  to start an organization called HOME (Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers) to help raise money for her housing, and eventually other performers in need.

Saturday’s show at the Rooftop is a call for the music industry — and Austin’s music lovers — to head west for an evening and support one of our most cherished performers.

Tickets to the show are only $15, with VIP tickets available for $35. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m.

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For more information on the newly-formed HOME organization, click here.