Shemekia to headline
at Chicago Blues Festival

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The headliners have been announced for the 33rd Annual Chicago Blues Festival happening June 10-12 in Grant Park.

The free admission three-day festival will open on Friday, June 10, with a celebration of the 45th anniversary of Chicago’s Alligator Records, and conclude on Sunday, June 12, with a special tribute to the legendary Otis Rush featuring notable friends and other musicians he has influenced throughout his career. […]

The festival opens on June 10 with a salute to Chicago’s Alligator Records for 45 years of what the label describes as “genuine houserockin’ music.” Deeply rooted in the blues, several of the label’s renowned recording artists will perform at the Petrillo Music Shell to kick-off the festival.

2015 Grammy nominee Shemekia Copeland will headline the tribute with a sizzling performance of her many hits since her debut in 1998. Having been called “the next Aretha Franklin” by CNN, Shemekia Copeland has a passion for the blues along with a vision and personality that’s just as strong and unflinching as her incredible voice. She will take the stage at 8:15 p.m. along with guest Curtis Salgado, the award-winning blues icon and Alligator artist.

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“The opening night of the 33rd Annual Chicago Blues Festival (June 10), will be a celebration of Alligator Records and the 45 years of bringing you the best in blues!” says Alligator Records. “Headlining that night on the Petrillo Bandshell will be Tommy Castro & The Painkillers with special guest Toronzo Cannon, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials with Corky Siegel, and Shemekia Copeland with special guest Curtis Salgado.”

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