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Powerhouse blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland added to Kirby Center’s ‘Chandelier Lobby’ series

Powerhouse blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland added to Kirby Center’s ‘Chandelier Lobby’ series
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From a press release:

It was announced today that blues vocal powerhouse Shemekia Copeland will visit the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. as part of the “Live from the Chandelier Lobby” concert series.

Tickets, which are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show, plus fees, go on sale this Friday, Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at the Kirby Center Box Office, by phone at 570-826-1100, and online at

A special Kirby Members pre-sale will begin this Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. Patrons can join by calling 570-823-4599, ext. 225.

While only in her early 30s, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues music industry. She has already opened for The Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival, 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, Copeland was presented with Taylor’s crown on June 12, 2011 at the Chicago Blues Festival.

Her 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.

Born in Harlem, New York in 1979, Copeland is the daughter of the late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland.