Sunday, November 18 / Noon
All-Star, Four-Concert Finale
John Nemeth & The Blue Dreamers with The Berks Horns
Jazz Gets the Blues: Clarence Spady & Nick Colionne
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading (Grand Ballroom)
Tickets: Part of All-Day Sunday Package / $59
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Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else.
With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach.
The Chicago Sun-Times has written that “Shemekia’s a ball-of-fire vocalist with a voice that’s part Chicago and all woman … devastatingly powerful. She’s a great singer, period.”
Copeland has performed thousands of gigs at clubs, festivals and concert halls all over the world and has appeared on national television and NPR, and in newspapers, films and magazines. She is a mainstay on countless commercial and non-commercial radio stations.
She has sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, James Cotton and many others. She opened for The Rolling Stones and entertained U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait.
Copeland is currently working on her ninth album.
John Nemeth is top shelf as an electric blues and soul harmonicist, singer and songwriter. He has won two Blues Music Awards for Soul Blues Male Artist in 2014 and Soul Blues Album in 2015 for Memphis Grease.
Drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B as well as contemporary sounds in hip and rock and roll, he creates music that is personal as well as universal. Nemeth’s songs are groove and melody driven, laced with thoughtful lyrics and nuanced humor.
He continues to be one of the hottest stars in the musical firmament, touring nationally and internationally with his Memphis band.
The Berks Horns are Mike Anderson on saxophone, John Loos on trombone and Rob Diener on trumpet.
Described as “the future of blues” by Bill Dahl of the Chicago Tribune in 1996, Clarence Spady’s sound has become more distinguishable now than ever before.
He plays with a depth and sensitivity that can’t be taught, effortlessly combining blues, jazz, funk, Latin and rock into his own unique style.
His moving guitar play, rough street-edged vocals, songwriting and live improvisations are demonstrated with every performance.
He is a soulful singer and hot guitarist who can take the blues of B.B. King and Albert Collins and mix it with the soul of Ray Charles and the funk of James Brown.
Spady has been startling audiences since the age of five, when he began performing professionally, with his immense God-given guitar playing.
Spady was inducted into the International Blues Hall of Fame in 2012.
With a style that is both urban and contemporary, Nick Colionne has blazed a trail to the top of the ranks of today’s stars.
Combining jazz, R&B, blues and funk, he has an unmistakable sound and vibe that is instantly recognizable.
Colionne takes the guitar to unexpected places in his performances and his rich baritone vocals delight his audiences. As for his showmanship, you have to experience a Nick Colionne show for yourself. With style and energy to spare, unparalleled musicianship and a natural comedic flair, he is one of a kind.
Multi-talented Vanessa Collier is an in-demand artist, bringing her charismatic charm, passionate and fiery performances, soulful voice, searing saxophone solos and witty songwriting to the stage.
Collier’s alluring vocals and stinging saxophone work saw her light up stages as part of Joe Louis Walker’s band (20012-20013) while her 2014 debut album Heart Soul & Saxophone was declared “magnificent” on Dan Aykroyd’s blues radio show, winning her accolades as Best of 2014 Blues Breaker.
In 2017 Collier continued her success with the release of her sophomore album Meeting My Shadow, earning many prestigious honors and awards.
Collier works hard to share her love of music and the blues with the next generation. She maintains a private saxophone studio teaching around 30 students per week. She is active with Blues in the Schools and offers jazz, blues and saxophone clinics throughout the United States.