Best of the blues

Ruth Davies’ Blues Night with special guest Shemekia Copeland

Presented with the support of The Judith Kays Memorial Blues Fund.

Wednesday, July 13

7:30 p.m.

Dinkelspiel Auditorium

SJW MEMBER: $36 / $46 |  Child (17 and under) & Student (present valid student ID card) $15

NON-MEMBER: $42 / $52 |  Child (17 and under) & Student (present valid student ID card) $18

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Programs, personnel, venues, and pricing subject to change without notice.


Shemekia Copeland, vocals
Ruth Davies, bass
Kristen Strom, saxophone
Danny Caron, guitar
John R. Burr, piano
June Core, drums

Sponsored by the Judith Kays Memorial Blues Fund.

About Ruth Davies and Shemekia Copeland

“For bassist Ruth Davies, it’s all about the groove.” —San Jose Mercury

“Shemekia Copeland is a powerhouse, a superstar . . . She can do no wrong.” —Rolling Stone

Ruth Davies has a history of bringing SJW audiences closer to the best blues artists in the world, such as Keb’ Mo’, Taj Mahal, Charlie Musselwhite, Robben Ford, Henry Butler, and many more. A blues legend herself, who has toured and recorded with artists like John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Witherspoon, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Elvin Bishop, and many others — Ruth is keeping the flame of traditional blues alive and well. Ruth’s special guest artist this year is the dynamic vocalist Shemekia Copeland, whose talent; larger-than-life personality; dynamic, authoritative voice; and true star power will knock you out. Her recent album for Alligator Records, Uncivil Rest, is a tour-de-force that tackles contemporary issues head-on, while blending blues, R&B, gospel, and Americana as only she can.

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