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Shemekia Copeland to open Chicago Blues Festival

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Good news for a cold day: The Chicago Blues Festival is set for June 6-9 -- that's an extra day -- with an opening-night concert featuring Chicago's "new queen of the blues" Shemekia Copeland in Millennium Park before moving festival events to Grant Park for the weekend.

Copeland, fresh off a Grammy nomination for her fine album "33 1/3," headlines the kickoff concert with guitarist Quinn Sullivan, the Blues Kids of America, and Jamiah on Fire & The Red Machine at 6:30 p.m. June 6 in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

Bobby Rush launches the festival in Grant Park on June 7.

The festival also will feature its requisite tribute shows: one to Delmark Records on its 60th anniversary, and a centennial celebration of blues legend Pinetop Perkins.

The full festival lineup is still to be announced.


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