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The theme for the 2014 festival was “Women in Blues,” This year’s lineup featured Ana Popovic on Friday and Shemekia Copeland on Saturday, along with music each day from noon to 10:30 p.m. The FREE outdoor summer festival, now in its 13th year, was presented by Canton Development Partnership, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber.
About Ana Popovic The award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals. Add to the mix her incredible stage presence, all of which makes her an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues music. During 2013 Ana appeared on the cover of Vintage Guitar, Guitar Player’s Gear Guide and American Blues Scene. Her album ‘Can You Stand The Heat’ was a “Pick Of The Week” by USA Today and featured on NPR Music. Nearly all of Ana’s albums made it to the Top 5 of the Billboard Blues Charts and are being played regularly on US radio. Ana and her phenomenal four-piece band as well as her Mo’ Better Love Big Band are tirelessly touring, playing major blues, jazz and rock festivals around the world. She is endorsed by Fender, Mesa Boogie, Ovation and DR strings. Ana has shared headlining stages with B.B. King, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang and many others. When not on tour, she resides in Memphis, TN. Visit www.anapopovic.com for a full biography and discography.
About Shemekia Copeland While only in her early 30s, two-time GRAMMY® nominee Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London), shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas like Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, s crown by her daughter, Cookie, on June 12, 2011 at the Chicago Blues Festival Queen by official proclamation of the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois. 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 where she grew up, surrounded by street performers, gospel singers, blasting radios, bands in local parks and so much more. Visit http://www.shemekiacopeland.com/biography for a full biography and discography.
The 2014 Canton Blues Fest is made possible in part by Standard Plumbing and Heating Co. and Cormony Development, along with sponsors (to date) including Aultman Health Foundation, Phil and Nancy Sonner, Superior Beverage Group, The Repository, The City of Canton, Mix 94.1 and News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, General RV, and Kimble Companies.
This year, we added a new element to the Canton Blues Fest. While our main stage acts played 90 minute sets starting at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8:30pm each day, that still left some down time during changeovers. Acts performed on a smaller, alternate stage at 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 to bridge the gap!
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