Saturday, November 20 / 7:30 p.m.
ANA POPOVIC
plus SLAM ALLEN
DoubleTree Grand Ballroom
Tickets: $49

Two decades ago, Ana Popovic gave up her plans for a career in graphic design to become a full-time professional musician.
The Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia) native began studying blues and soul guitar at 15, and in 1995, started her first garage band, Hush, with her friend Rade Popovic. Three years later they were performing in clubs all over the country and on Yugoslavian TV, and released their debut album “Hometown.”
Ana moved to the Netherlands to study jazz guitar, formed a new blues band, and in 2000, recorded the album “Hush” in Memphis. After that, her career took off, and she became an international phenomenon, recording 10 albums of blues, rock, soul and jazz, most recently “Like It on Top” (2018) and in 2020, “Live for LIVE” (CD and DVD).
Ana has been nominated for many Blues Music Awards, most recently this year for Best Blues Rock Artist.
About 10 years ago, Popovic relocated to Memphis, and now lives in Los Angeles
Ana Popovic Website


Slam Allen
Born Harrison Allen Jr., singer/guitarist Slam Allen, 52, was born in the Catskills, and toured the South at a young age with the Allen Brothers Band (his father and uncle) as their drummer.
He learned guitar, inspired by George Benson, Otis Redding, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy.
By his 30s, Slam fronted his own band, and began his recording career with the 1998 “Things Sho’ Done Changed.”
His 2015 album, “Feel These Blues,” was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Recording.
In the early 2000s, he began performing and touring with harmonica king James Cotton, and rose in the ranks throughout the decade to become Cotton’s music director.
From 2010 to 2015, he performed full-time for Norwegian Cruise Line, and has been a fixture at festivals throughout Europe and the United States, including the Reading Blues Fest
Slam Allen Website


Photos by Joseph A. Rosen