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Acclaimed blues guitarist Ana Popovic shreds at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sept. 23

Acclaimed blues guitarist Ana Popovic shreds at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sept. 23
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From a press release:

Serbian-born blues guitarist and singer Ana Popovic is back on the road promoting her new triple album, “Trilogy,” and will stop at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets, which are $22 in advance or $27 the day of the show, go on sale this Saturday, June 10 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak box office (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe), and Roadies Restaurant and Bar (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe). Penn’s Peak box office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only; no phone orders.

“Trilogy” is Ana Popovic’s most ambitious project yet, releasing three albums in one with 23 funk, rock, blues, and jazz tunes produced by Grammy Award winner Warren Riker (Lauryn Hill, Carlos Santana), Grammy Award winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy), and Delfeayo Marsalis, one of the top trombonists, composers, and producers in jazz today. Guest appearances include Joe Bonamassa and Robert Randolph, among many others.

“In an era where most are skeptic[al] about the current state and future of the music industry, I wanted ‘Trilogy’ to tell a different story. The record biz might be broken and Spotify might rip us off, but that can’t keep an artist down. Creativity is very much alive, and music is the celebration of life,” Popovic said.

Now living in Los Angeles, she was born in Belgrade, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia) and grew up in a family where music was very important. All throughout her youth, her father would invite friends over for nightly jam sessions. In this atmosphere, she quickly learned her father’s impressive blues and soul record collection, grabbed his guitar, and started playing at the age of 15. Since then, she has developed into an phenomenal guitarist/vocalist with a growing legion of fans throughout the world.

Popovic, the only female guitarist in the all-star Experience Hendrix tour lineup from 2014 through 2017, and her powerful band are tirelessly touring, playing major blues, jazz, and rock festivals. She is endorsed by Fender, D’Angelico, Jim Dunlop, and DR strings and has shared headlining stages with B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark, Jr., and many others.

She has been nominated for five Blues Music Awards and appeared on the covers of Vintage Guitar and Guitar Player magazine. Her albums “Can You Stand the Heat” (2013) and “Unconditional” (2011) were named “Pick of the Week” by USA Today and featured on NPR Music. Nearly all of her albums made it into the Top 5 of the Billboard Blues charts and are played regularly on U.S. radio.