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Three nominations for the 2016
Living Blues Readers’ Awards

Living Blues Magazine
Living Blues
magazine has announced the nominees for the 2016 Living Blues Readers’ Awards. Shemekia Copeland receives three nominations, including Blues Artist Of The Year (Female), Best Blues Album Of 2015 for Outskirts Of Love and Best Live Performer.

The public (subscribers and non-subscribers alike) can vote at www.livingblues.com or by mailing in the ballot in the current issue of the magazine (#243), by July 15, 2016.

Winners will be announced in August.

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Back in Barcelona

Ya sea cantando a todo pulmón un estridente blues, invocando el espíritu del góspel o entonando alguna balada country, Shemekia Copeland suena como nadie. Por eso es un honor que nos visite en Barcelona esta nominada tres veces a los Grammys, ganadora de un Blues Music Award este 2016 y nombrada ya como ‘Nueva Reina del Blues‘ en 2011 durante el Chicago Blues Festival.

Con una voz que es al mismo tiempo sensual, asertiva y poderosa, posee una visión muy abierta del blues contemporáneo y del soul y su trayectoria muestra la evolución de una artista apasionada con un enfoque musical y lírico moderno.

“Shemekia’s blues returns to Barcelona in July.” Roberto Fierro presents Shemekia Copeland before her show in Barcelona, Spain, on July 10.

Read the full article (in Spanish) on The Concert In Concert.

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In front of tens of thousands
at the Chicago Blues Festival

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Shemekia Copeland at the Chicago Blues Festival

Shemekia was headlining last night, Friday, June 10, at the Chicago Blues Festival, along with Tommy Castro an Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials, during Alligator Records’ 45th anniversary celebration.

She started up with Outskirts of Love, the song title of her latest Grammy-nominated and Blues Music Award-winner CD, surrounded by the love of the audience, tens of thousands of festival goers. A beautiful night on the Petrillo Music Shell stage, in Grant Park, in Chicago.

The Chicago Blues Festival video:

And some more photos…

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Shemekia Copeland at the Chicago Blues Festival

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Shemekia Copeland at the Chicago Blues Festival

The Blues Music Award on stage
at the Chicago Festival

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Barbara Newman, CEO of the Blues Foundation, gave Shemekia Copeland her Blues Music Award

Shemekia won the Contemporary Blues Female Artist Award at the Blues Music Awards in May in Memphis. She couldn’t be there as she was performing in New York.

Barbara Newman, president and CEO of the Blues Foundation, came to Chicago to deliver it in person, this Friday June 10, on the Petrillo Music Shell stage, in front of tens of thousands festival-goers, right before Shemekia’s performance, her first as a headliner at the Chicago Blues Festival.

Chicago Blues Fest kickoff
with Buddy Guy

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Shemekia, along with Alligator Record label mate Toronzo Cannon, performed at this year’s 93XRT Blues Breakers Blues Fest Broadcast live from Buddy Guy’s Legends this past Thursday, June 9th. Buddy Guy joined Shemekia on stage. It turned into a hilarious duo that the audience loved.

The special event, hosted by 93XRT’s Tom Marker, took place on the eve of the Chicago Blues Festival. It was broadcasted live on 93.1­FM and on wxrt.cbslocal.com.

Shemekia and her band are the headliners this Friday night, June 10, at Chicago Blues Festival (at 8:15, on the Petrillo Music Shell) during Alligator Records’ 45th Anniversary celebration, with special guest Curtis Salgado.

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No limits for Shemekia

No hay límites para Shemekia Copeland, desde una balada hasta la más enérgica interpretación dando el cien por cien de sus posibilidades. Todo alma y pasión es lo que muestra en cada actuación la que fue galardonada en 2011 con la corona de Koko Taylor como la nueva “Reina del Blues” sin olvidar la gran multitud de premios y galardones que engalanan a esta gran artista.

In Dirty Rock magazine, before Shemekia’s performance in Bejar, Spain, on Saturday, July 16.

Read the full article (in Spanish) in Dirty Rock magazine. LOGO dirty rock

Find out more about the 17th Internacional Festival de Blues en Béjar.

Featured in a photo exhibit
for Chicago Blues Festival

Shemekia Copeland is one of the blues women featured in an exhibit, ‘Women of the Blues – A Coast-to-Coast Collection’ presented at the Firecat Projects Gallery, in Chicago, from May 27th  to June 18th. An exhibit created and presented by Lynn Orman Weiss, from Orman Music & Media Group.

The opening reception took place on May 27th. A Chicago Blues Festival kick-off  reception will take place on Wednesday, June 8th.

'Women of the Blues - A Coast-to-Coast Collection'
Firecat Projects, 2424 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647.
Chicago Blues Festival Kick-off reception on Wednesday, June 8th, 7-10pm.

 

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Here is the press release:

The first ever ‘Women Of The Blues – Coast To Coast Collection’ featuring 60 photographs of ‘Women Of The Blues’ performing, in portrait and screaming the blues. Thirteen photographers from around the world share their very poignant and powerful images of the Women Of The Blues. From the photo pit at Chicago Blues Festival to the intimate stage at the Maui Sugar Mill in LA and the Blues Cruise on the Caribbean. We will take you behind the lens that captures superstars like Mavis Staples and Susan Tedeschi to beloved West Coast, Candye Kane & Karen Lovely to east coasts, Alexis P. Sutter & Grace Potter, Chicago West Side Blues legend, Mary Lane, Chicago’s Southern Soul Blues Diva, Nellie Tiger Travis, the Legendary Holle Thee Maxwell, international touring blues singer, Deitra Farr and rising star the newly crowned Queen of the Blues, Shemekia Copeland and many more beautiful images of women sing & play the Blues. These sisters of Royalty pay tribute to the Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor hailing from Memphis and rising to fame in the Capital of the Blues, Chicago.

“A passionate artist
with a modern musical
and lyrical approach”

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Shemekia Copeland – Photo Doug Seymour

With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive, and roaring, Copeland’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots, and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up, or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad.

By Jay Mazza, in The Vinyl District, before Shemekia’s performance at Chickie Wah Wah in New Orleans this coming Sunday, May 29.

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“Shows you need to know about in New Orleans”

As the daughter of Johnny Clyde Copeland, Shemekia Copeland was born into the blues. But in the late 1990s, while still a teenager, Shemekia introduced herself as a huge talent in her own right, a powerhouse, electrifying singer who could belt the blues and beyond. Having performed with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Eric Clapton, she has impressed the elder statesmen of both rock and blues. On her 2015 Alligator Records release “Outskirts of Love,” she covers the likes of Solomon Burke’s “I Feel A Sin Coming On,” Jesse Winchester’s “Isn’t That So,” Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Long As I Can See The Light” and ZZ Top’s “Jesus Just Left Chicago”; Billy Gibbons, Robert Randolph and New Orleans’ own Alvin Youngblood Hart all lend a hand. A

In Keith Spera’s “Sound Check: Shows you need to know about in New Orleans”, published by The New Orleans Advocate, before Shemekia Copeland’s show this Sunday, May 29, at Chickie Wah Wah in New Orleans.

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Shemekia on 93XRT on the eve
of Chicago Blues Festival

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Tom Marker and Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia, along with Alligator Record label mate Toronzo Cannon, will be the featured performers at this year’s 93XRT Blues Breakers Blues Fest Broadcast live from Buddy Guy’s Legends on Thursday, June 9th from 6 to 7:30 PM CT.

Hosted by 93XRT’s Tom Marker, this special event takes place on the eve of the Chicago Blues Festival. Admission to the event is free for blues fans 21 and older on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who are not able to attend can tune in to 93.1­FM or stream the broadcast live at wxrt.cbslocal.com.