Friday July 29, 2022 at 8:00 pm
In the context of a divided America, Shemekia Copeland’s songwriting transmits a sense of solidarity and hope. Her latest album, Uncivil War, builds on the musically and lyrically adventurous territory she’s been exploring for over a decade, blending blues, R&B, and Americana into a sound that is now hers alone.
Come experience the unrelenting power of this award-winning vocalist who has become one of the most talented and passionately candid artists on today’s roots music scene.
Please bring your own seating for this concert, as it takes place on our grassy Friends Field. You can even bring or purchase a picnic dinner!
About the Artist
Shemekia Copeland has performed thousands of gigs at festivals and concert halls all over the world, and she has appeared in films, on national television, over NPR, and in magazines and newspapers. She has sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, Dr. John, James Cotton, and many others. She opened for The Rolling Stones and entertained U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait. Jeff Beck calls her “amazing.” Santana says, “She’s incandescent … a diamond.” In 2012, she performed with B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty, Gary Clark, Jr., and others at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. She has performed on PBS’s Austin City Limits and was recently the subject of a six-minute feature on PBS News Hour. Currently, Copeland can be heard hosting her own popular daily blues radio show on SiriusXM’s Bluesville.
Her latest album, Uncivil War, has been nominated for a Grammy Award, named “Blues Album of the Year” by DownBeat Magazine, MOJO Magazine, Living Blues Magazine, as well as the Blues Music Awards, which also selected Copeland as Entertainer of the Year.
The Chicago Tribune’s famed jazz critic Howard Reich says, “Shemekia Copeland is the greatest female blues vocalist working today. She pushes the genre forward, confronting racism, hate, xenophobia and other perils of our time. Regardless of subject matter, though, there’s no mistaking the majesty of Copeland’s instrument, nor the ferocity of her delivery. In effect, Copeland reaffirms the relevance of the blues.” The Philadelphia Inquirer succinctly states, “Shemekia Copeland is an antidote to artifice. She is a commanding presence, a powerhouse vocalist delivering the truth.”
To learn more about Shemekia Copeland, visit her website.
“Shemekia Copeland is a powerhouse, a superstar … She can do no wrong.”
– Rolling Stone
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