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Taj Mahal & Shemekia Copeland at Campbell Hall

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Shemekia Copeland and Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal & Shemekia Copeland will perform at Campbell Hall, on the UCSB Campus on Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m.

With two Grammys, more than 25 albums and five decades of sterling performances behind him, Taj Mahal is one of the most influential figures in late-20th century blues and roots music. Grounded in American pre-war blues but incorporating world sounds, from West Africa to Latin America and the Caribbean, Mahal’s unmistakable and thrillingly eclectic musical fusions inspired a whole generation of performers and revitalized a dying art form.

At a young age, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. While only in her early 30’s, she’s open-ed for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. 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.

Ticket are $45 for the general public and $18 for UCSB students with current ID (limited availability). For more information, call (805) 893-3535 or visit www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

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