Reigning Queen of the Blues, 3-Time Grammy Nominee Shemekia Copeland to Headline Rent Party on March 8

From Rent Party:

Rent Party announced that Shemekia Copeland, plus special guests Shark Hat, will play at the Woodland on March 8, 2019. Doors open at 8:00 pm and tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets at

“I cannot emphasize enough how amazingly good Shemekia Copeland is. This is a show you do not want to miss; we’re lucky to have Shemekia Copeland in Maplewood on the Rent Party stage,” said Rent Party Founder Chris Dickson. Rent Party is a live concert series in South Orange and Maplewood New Jersey; proceeds from the shows help fight hunger in the local community. The shows are held at the Woodland located at 60 Woodland Road, in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Shemekia Copeland is an award-winning R&B/Americana singer considered one of the great blues voices of our time. Born in Harlem, New York City and daughter of Texas blues guitarist and singer Johnny Copeland, young Shemekia first performed at the Cotton Club when she was 9. At 16, her father took her on tour as his opening act, establishing her name on the blues circuit.

Shemekia Copeland has performed thousands of gigs at clubs, festivals and concert halls all over the world and has appeared on national television, NPR, and in newspapers, films and magazines. She’s sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, James Cotton and many others. She opened for The Rolling Stones and entertained U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait. Jeff Beck calls her “amazing.” Santana says, “She’s incandescent…a diamond.” In 2012, she performed with B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty, Gary Clark, Jr. and others at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama.

With her new Alligator Records album, Americas Child, Copeland confidently announces an electrifying new chapter in her constantly evolving story. Produced by Americana Instrumentalist of The Year winner Will Kimbrough (who also plays guitar on the album) and recorded in Nashville, Americas Child is a courageous and fiery statement of purpose, a major step forward for the singer whose musical consciousness continues to expand as her star continues to rise.

Shemekia Copeland has no shortage of notable reviews:

  • Copeland is a powerhouse, a superstar…she can do no wrong. – Rolling Stone
  • Shemekia Copeland is one of the great blues voices of our time. No one comes close to the sheer firepower that Copeland conjures at will. – Chicago Tribune
  • When Shemekia Copeland opens her mouth, everybody pays attention. She pierces your soul. This is how you do it, and nobody does it better than Shemekia Copeland. — No Depression

Shark Hat, local to the area, will open the show with their rock-infused funk and country blues. Shark Hat drummer Michael Parillo said, “Shark Hat has been part of the wonderful Rent Party scene since the very first event back in 2009, and we’re honored to share the stage with Shemekia Copeland at this upcoming show. We’re ready to rock.”

Coldwell Banker proudly presents this Rent Party Production that is sponsored by the Maplewood Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs. 

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