(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Grammy Award-nominated vocalist Shemekia Copeland will bring her singular brand of modern blues, funk, soul and R&B to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, October 3, at 9pm. The daughter of the late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, Shemekia Copeland has established her own primacy in the field, literally having been crowned the new “Queen of the Blues” by the late Koko Taylor’s daughter, Cookie.
While only in her early 30s, Copeland has 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), 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. She has won several W.C. Handy Awards and Blues Music Awards.
Copeland’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.
Among the musicians with whom Copeland has collaborated on recordings are Dr. John, legendary Memphis soul guitarist Steve Cropper, keyboardist John Medeski, guitarist Marc Ribot, and bassist Chris Wood.
For reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800.