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CapLive: Shemekia Copeland

Capitol Theatre

Sat, June 14, 2014
Tickets: $22
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NOW you can pre-party in the Strand Lobby! See below for Pre-Show Party details

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CapLive presents …

Shemekia Copeland
Special Guest: Matt Andersen


Shemekia-Copeland_250webIn 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’s currently the most feted woman in the blues world and actually had a coronation where she was crowned and declared “Queen of the Blues” at the Chicago Blues Festival in 2011. Shemekia 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’s 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 Shemekia, it’s 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, which was nominated for Best Blues Album at the Grammy Awards in 2013.

The album’s title is a nod to Shemekia’s past, but also an acknowledgment of where she is right now. “I always loved vinyl records,” she says, recalling her teenage years in the twilight of the vinyl era. “I loved the whole experience – looking through them in the bins at the store, taking in the cover design on the sleeve, reading the liner notes while I listened to the music. Nobody under a certain age knows that experience anymore. So when John Hahn, my manager, who also wrote some of the songs on this record, asked me what I grew up listening to, I said, ‘LPs.’” And he said, “How many times did they go around?” and I said “33 1/3 revolutions per minute.” He said, “How old will you be when this record is released?” I said “33 1/3. It’s a meaningful number for me, especially at this time in my life and in my career.”

The material on 33 1/3 is culled from a variety of high-profile sources, including Bob Dylan, Sam Cooke, paterfamilias Johnny Clyde Copeland and Randy Weeks. “Every one of these songs tells a story about where I am in my life,” says Shemekia. “They all connect to something that has happened to me, both good and bad. I’ve experienced a lot since I started making records and touring more than 15 years ago, and I think people want to tap into the wisdom that comes with that experience. I tried to bring a little bit of that to every one of these songs.”

Shemekia’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 of Harlem 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.



Check Out Shemekia Copeland’s “Lemon Pie”



Special Guest: Matt Andersen

MattAndersen_250webWith over 2 million views on YouTube, independent sales over 30,000 albums, a 2013 European Blues Award, and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, it appears that the entire world is now discovering Matt Andersen. A powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt has built a formidable following the old-fashioned way – touring worldwide and letting the converted audiences and Andersen devotees spread his reputation through word of mouth. Now with Weightless, his debut album for True North Records, Matt’s music has been captured on record as never before.

With Weightless, the New Brunswick native shifts his formidable talents as a blues performer to his song-craft. His reputation as a bluesman won him the 2013 Euro Blues Award for Best Solo/Acoustic Act, three Maple Blues Awards in 2012, and nabbed him the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. “The blues is a big part of what I do, and in my solo show some tunes are straight-up blues, for sure,” he says. “But I would never stand beside B.B. King and say, ‘I play blues, too.’ None of my albums are blues albums—I’ve won blues awards with them, but I wouldn’t say they’re blues albums.”


Check Out Matt Andersen singing “I Lost My Way”


Pre-party in the Strand Lobby!

WHEN: Saturday, June 14, 6:00-7:30pm

WHERE: Strand-Capitol Lobby


Join us BEFORE the show to get the party started!

  • Food
  • Music
  • Ping Pong
  • Cornhole
  • Cash Bar
  • Plus, a lobby full of CapLive music fans … now, that’s a good time!

There is NO additional cost to come early for the Pre-Show Party.


Food Trucks: Baron Von Schwein


Baron Von Schwein, AKA Master of Pigs, is all about the pork! Straight off the food truck, you’ll enjoy pulled pork sandwiches, sweet or spicy pork buns, mac and cheese (Grandma’s recipe, seriously), pork bowls, baked corn and signature sodas!


Music: Don Carn on violin and Kris Kostoff on acoustic guitar



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