SOLD OUT Shemekia Copeland

At a young age, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. While still in her 20s, she’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London) and shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Taj Mahal and John Mayer. Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas like Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, Copeland’s shot at the eventual title of Queen of the Blues is pretty clear. By some standards, she may already be there. Copeland’s passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency. Her music comes from deep within her soul and from the streets where she grew up, surrounded by the everyday sounds of the city ‘ street performers, gospel singers, blasting radios, bands in local parks and so much more.

SOLD OUT Dar Williams

One of the finest singer songwriters of her generation, she is smart, witty and insightful. This tour is in support of her new album Promised Land which is a career highlight. Dar is an engaging performer who readily connects with her audience.

SOLD OUT 7th Anniversary Celebration with Taj Mahal

CONCERT IS SOLD OUT!! Celebrating 7 years of great music, art and people with one of the world’s finest musicians. You could call him a singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, ethnomusicologist, two-time Grammy-winner, world-class musical collaborator, musicians’ advocate, world traveler, fisherman, or cigar aficionado. These titles are all accurate, yet none convey the warmth, humor, and soulfulness of Taj and his music. Taj has been playing his own distinctive brand of music ‘ variously described as Afro-Caribbean blues, folk-world-blues, hula blues, folk-funk, and a host of other hyphenations ‘ for more than 40 years. Caribbean, Hawaiian, African, Latin, and Cuban sounds and rhythms mix with folk, jazz, zydeco, gospel, rock, pop, soul, and R&B, all layered on top of a solid country blues foundation.

SOLD OUT Sonny Landreth

Sonny is an unconventional slide blues guitarist out of Louisiana. He’s played the Narrows a time or two, and was the headliner at the 2006 Narrows Festival of the Arts. He’s recorded with John Hiatt and Jimmy Buffet, and performed with Bonnie Raitt and Buddy Guy, among others.

SOLD OUT Leo Kottke

He’s been playing his quirky brand of 6 and 12 string guitar music for decades, to much critical acclaim. He’s collaborated with Chet Atkins, John Fahey and others and has appeared frequently on A Prairie Home Companion. This will be his second visit to the Narrows. www.leokottke.com.