Copeland returns for Blues Ball at Samoset
Rockport — Blues queen Shemekia Copeland will perform for another autumnal Blues Ball Friday night, Oct. 4, at the Samoset Resort, 22 Warrenton St. Maine bluesmakers the Juke Rockets will open the evening at 7:30 p.m.
In a span of less than two decades, Shemekia Copeland has evolved from teenage upstart to one of the most prominent voices in the blues. She was crowned and declared Queen of the Blues at the 2011 Chicago Blues Festival, having earned her crown with a series of high-quality recordings and an unrelenting tour schedule that has taken her to all corners of the globe. She has played all the major festivals and concert dates from Europe to Iraq to a memorable performance at the White House in front of an audience that included the President of the United States, sharing the bill with Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, B.B. King and other greats.
For Copeland, it is all about ushering the blues — an art form that stretches back to the early 1900s — into a fast-paced new century and keeping the music true to its roots, making it relevant to a new generation. Her latest step in this ongoing journey is “33 1/3,” an 11-song album released last fall.
The Belfast-based Juke Rockets will represent the state of Maine in the 2014 Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in January in Memphis, the second year in a row they have won the honor to do so by winning the 2013 Maine Blues Society’s Road to Memphis competition.
Doors open 7 p.m. for the full night of dancing on a large dance floor, fueled by a cash bar. Tickets are $25; $200 for a table of 10. For show tickets, call Paul Benjamin at 596-6055. For overnight accommodations, call the Samoset Resort and 594-2511 and ask for Blues Ball room rate.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.