A homecoming in New Jersey

When you think of blues, you might think of the Mississippi Delta, the South Side of Chicago or New Orleans. What you probably wouldn’t think of first is New Jersey. But if the Garden State doesn’t have levees, down-home juke joints or the mother of rivers overflowing her banks every spring, it does have Shemekia Copeland.

The three-time Grammy-nominated blues star, who partly grew up in Teaneck, is having a homecoming of sorts on Saturday : She’s returning to the town where she spent teen years, and bringing her band (Arthur Neilson and Ken “Willie” Scandlyn, guitars; Kevin Jenkins, bass; Robin Gould, drums) with her.

“I cannot wait to come, I’m so excited,” says Copeland, who will be appearing at Teaneck’s Mexicali Live for the second time after the release of her Grammy-nominated album “Outskirts of Love.”

By Jim Beckerman in “A North Jersey homecoming for blues diva Shemekia Copeland,” before Shemekia’s performance at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, New Jersey, on Saturday, May 7th. Read the full story on NorthJersey.com.

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