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Ruston Kelly – The Weakness Tour


Mon, April 17, 2023
Doors: 7:00 pm

9:30 Club
Washington, DC

Tickets are non-transferable until 24 hours prior to the show time. Any tickets suspected of being purchased for the sole purpose of reselling can be cancelled at the discretion of 9:30 Club/Ticketmaster. Opening acts, door times, and set times are always subject to change.

Ruston Kelly

Before setting to work on his third album, Ruston Kelly moved out of his Nashville home and into an old Victorian bungalow in the small Tennessee town of Portland, then spent months on end in deliberate solitude. As he busied himself with remodeling his house and tearing through a stack of John Steinbeck novels, the South Carolina-born singer/songwriter began processing a number of life-altering changes he’d endured over the past year, including a very public divorce as well as major upheaval in his immediate family. “I felt a real need to understand myself a little better, and to rediscover the true foundation of who I am,” says Kelly, who candidly detailed his struggle with drug addiction on his 2018 full-length debut Dying Star. Pushing forward with the intensely self-aware truth-telling he’s always brought to his music, Kelly soon immersed himself in the making of The Weakness: a blisteringly honest but profoundly hopeful album that ultimately reveals our vast potential to create strength and beauty from the most painful of experiences.

“With every record I make, I learn so much about myself and who I am as a human and what type of man I want to be,” says Kelly. “In a way it’s a form of self-help, or like I’m building a fort against a lesser version of myself. Then the goal from there is to just keep on growing.”


Purr is the project of New York City born and raised songwriters Jack Staffen and Eliza Callahan.

The duo previously captured attention and earned a name for themselves during their college days for releasing stripped down, warm-toned pop simply under their names, Jack and Eliza. After releasing only one song as Purr, they spent much of 2019 supporting acts from Weyes Blood to Maggie Rogers. Their first album as Purr, LIKE NEW (via ANTI-, produced by Jonathan Rado) was released in late February 2020. Weeks prior to the album’s release and the onset of the pandemic, Callahan experienced a sudden loss of hearing and was subsequently diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease that can cause deafness within a span of a year. This seemed like a forced sunset for the project and for Callahan’s career in music.

Callahan worked to keep writing (and even listening) as long as was feasible for her but as the pandemic raged on and her condition worsened, music felt like too much of a live wire, and both she and Staffen completely stepped away from Purr. A year later, in 2021, Brent Faiyaz, a fan of the project, reached out to the then-inactive band and sampled nearly their entire song, Hard To Realize, in his track Circles as part of a 3 track viral mixtape co produced by Tyler the Creator. Around this time Callahan entered a small non-FDA approved trial for treatment for her condition and eight months later entered an unlikely remission which led to her recovery.

Staffen and Eliza began writing again and it was in a span of only eight months that they completed what would become their next album. In Spring 2022, they went to Los Angeles to record their forth album with their previous collaborator, Jonathan Rado.

Venue Information:
9:30 Club
815 V Street N.W.
Washington, DC, 20001

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