MARQUETTE Ã‚– The Shemekia Copeland Blues Band will perform at Northern Michigan University on Friday, March 19, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. The concert opens at 7:30 p.m. with MarquetteÃ‚’s Flat Broke Blues Band. Copeland will take the stage at 8:45.
The singer continues a musical legacy established by her father, the late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland. She recorded her debut, Turn the Heat Up, when she was 18 years old. Her other CDs include the Grammy-nominated Wicked and her most recent release, Talking to Strangers.
Copeland holds four W.C. Handy Awards and five Living Blues Awards. She headlined the 2002 Chicago Blues Festival and has played with Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Taj Mahal and Bill Wyman.
A reviewer for the Austin Chronicle wrote, Ã‚“Copeland burns white hot, singing with enough power to knock you flat on your back and enough purr to make you want to stay there.Ã‚”
Advance tickets are $6 for students, $14 for NMU faculty and staff, and $15 for the general public. They are available at all NMU outlets. Prices at the door are an additional $2 per ticket.