Perhaps this shouldn't be a big deal in 2014, but dual females-Popavic, a firery Serbian born, guitarist and singer and Copeland a fiery singer/songwriter and daughter of guitarist Johnny Copeland- headline a blues festival is kinda cool.
From the digital desk of...Umm....Canton?
CANTON, OHIO (March 14, 2014) – The 2014 lineup for the Canton Blues Festival has been announced. The festival is happening on Market Square (301 Market Ave. N) in downtown Canton on Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21, and will feature headliners Ana Popovic on Friday at 8:30 p.m., and Shemekia Copeland on Saturday at 8:30 p.m., along with music all day from noon to 10:30 p.m.
The theme for the 2014 festival is “Women in Blues,” and these leading ladies of blues are sure to strike a chord with blues fans throughout the region. This FREE outdoor summer festival, now in its 13th year, is presented by Canton Development Partnership, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber.
About Ana Popovic
The award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals. Add to the mix her incredible stage presence, all of which makes her an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues music.
During 2013, Ana appeared on the cover of Vintage Guitar, Guitar Player's Gear Guide and American Blues Scene. Her album 'Can You Stand The Heat' was a "Pick Of The Week" by USA Today and featured on NPR Music. Nearly all of Ana's albums made it to the Top 5 of the Billboard Blues Charts and are being played regularly on US radio.
Ana and her phenomenal four-piece band as well as her Mo' Better Love Big Band are tirelessly touring, playing major blues, jazz and rock festivals around the world. She is endorsed by Fender, Mesa Boogie, Ovation and DR strings. Ana has shared headlining stages with B.B. King, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang and many others. When not on tour, she resides in Memphis, TN. Visit www.anapopovic.com for a full biography and discography.
About Shemekia Copeland
While only in her early 30s, two-time GRAMMY® nominee Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the world of blues. She’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics’ choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London), shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas like Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, the singer was presented with Taylor’s crown by her daughter, Cookie, on June 12, 2011, at the Chicago Blues Festival and given the honor of the new “Queen of the Blues” by official proclamation of the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois.
Copeland’s passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency. Her music comes from deep within her soul and from the streets where she grew up, surrounded by the everyday sounds of the city – street performers, gospel singers, blasting radios, bands in local parks and so much more. Visit http://www.shemekiacopeland.com/biography for a full biography and discography.
Go online to www.cantonbluesfest.com for a full list of festival performers and other details about this year’s event, including openers Anthony Gomes (Friday) and Mississippi Heat (Saturday).
Blues Fest VIP Passes will be available again this year. Buy your two-day pass online for $75 and take advantage of FREE food and beer in the evening (after 5 p.m.), and incredible views of the stage all day. One-day Blues Fest VIP passes are also available for $45. Visit www.cantonbluesfest.com to purchase VIP passes online, or contact Monique Thompson-Kennedy at (330) 458-2070 to reserve your passes today.
The 2014 Canton Blues Fest is made possible in part by Standard Plumbing and Heating Co., along with sponsors (to date) including Aultman Health Foundation, Superior Beverage Group, The Repository, The City of Canton, Mix 94.1 and News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, PPI Graphics and Kimble Companies.