Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present soul/blues diva Shemekia Copeland Saturday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m.

Copeland performed as a teen with her late father, the Texan blues guitar legend Johnny Copeland, and in her 20s 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) and shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Taj Mahal and John Mayer.

Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas like Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, Copeland’s shot at the eventual title of Queen of the Blues is pretty clear. As appealing as that regal title may sound, though, and for as much as she respects the rich legacy of these artists, Copeland insists that there is more to who she is and what she does than a 12-bar ballad or a Chicago shuffle could ever convey.

Copeland is well-known to Midcoast blues fans. The soulful blues belter has Grammy and Blues Music Awards nominations, and a number of BMA awards, under that belt including 2010’s Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.

Tickets $26.50. For more information, call 948-7469 or visit unityme.org. Next up at Unity College Centre will be another Midcoast favorite, The Toughcats Friday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and proceeds will benefit local hunger relief efforts in Waldo County as part of the fourth Annual Arts for Hunger sponsored by the Unity Area Rotary Club.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.