2017 marks the sixth year that we have come together as a Brick by Brick community to support our work to promote sustainable development in the Rakai District of Uganda. Blues Night has become a regular spring time tradition, a night of great music, food and drink, with good friends, all committed to making a difference in the lives of thousands of people in our partnering communities.
This year we are thrilled to present Grammy-nominated Blues Legend, Shemekia Copeland who will be rocking the Prospect Park Picnic House on Thursday April 27th.
Shemekia Copeland was born in Harlem, New York on April 10, 1979, and came to her singing career naturally. Her father, the renowned Texas Bluesman Johnny Copeland recognized his daughter’s talent early on. He always encouraged her to sing at home and even brought her on stage to sing at Harlem’s famed Cotton Club when she was just eight.
By the time she was 16, Shemekia was joining her father as an opening act and at times stealing the show. Shemekia stepped out of her father’s shadow in 1998 with her groundbreaking debut CD, Turn The Heat Up, recorded when she was only 18. Critics from around the world celebrated her music as fans of all ages agreed that an unstoppable new talent had arrived. News outlets from The New York Times to CNN took note of Copeland’s talent, engaging personality, and true star power. “Nothing short of uncanny,” wrote the Village Voice. “She roars with a sizzling hot intensity,” added The Boston Globe.
Shemekia has multiple Grammy-nominated recordings and has earned eight Blues Music Awards, a host of Living Blues Awards (including the prestigious 2010 Blues Artist Of The Year) and more accolades from fans, critics and fellow musicians. She has sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, James Cotton and many others. She opened for The Rolling Stones and entertained U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait. Jeff Beck calls her “f*cking amazing.” Santana says, “She’s incandescent…a diamond.” At the 2011 Chicago Blues Festival, the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois officially declared Copeland to be “The New Queen Of The Blues.” In 2012, she performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. Afterward, Jagger, with whom she sang, sent her a bottle of champagne.
Brick by Brick is so proud that Shemekia Copeland will grace the Blues Night Stage this year. Please join us for what will be a wonderful evening of the Blues, great food and good friends. You can purchase your tickets by clicking HERE