If you missed the original Monster Blues show in Merrillville, Ind. last October, then here’s your second chance, so don’t blow it this time. Monster Blues II will be at the Star Plaza in Merrillville on Oct. 13, 2012. Buddy Guy will again be joined by Jonny Lang. Last year Jimmie Vaughan was their special guest. This year they will be joined by the newly crowned “Queen of the Blues”, Shemekia Copeland.
What better combination can you ask for? You have the legend, Buddy Guy. You have his young protégé in Jonny Lang. Then there is Shemekia Copeland, the top female voice in the blues. There’s a little bit of everything for blues lovers.
Shemekia Copeland is the daughter of legendary Texas blues guitarist Johnny Copeland. Last summer, at the Chicago Blues Festival, Koko Taylor’s daughter Cookie passed the torch to her so to speak, as the new “Queen of the Blues”. Only in her thirties, Shemekia has already shared the stage with such greats as B.B. King, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton. She’s headlined the Chicago Blues Festival and several others around the world. She’s won critics choice awards and has played the White House for the president.
Shemekia has a new album coming out on Sept 25, 2012 called “33 1/3”, which represents her favorite format of music as well as her age. Buddy Guy appears on the track “Ain’t Gonna Be Your Tattoo”.
Jonny Lang, now past his thirtieth birthday, is a blues veteran. A native of Fargo, North Dakota, his career took off when he relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota. His first album was recorded when he was only 14 years old. Johnny signed with A&M Records in 1996. He tasted success at an early age. By 1996 “Lie to Me” was released to critical acclaim. The next release “Wander This World” received a Grammy nomination. Going in a different direction, he released a gospel album called “Turn Around” and won his first Grammy. Currently he’s working on a new album and is touring Canada. He’ll be taking a little time off before he heads to Merrillville to kick off the U.S. leg of the tour. He’ll be rested and ready to tear it up.
Jonny has teamed up numerous times with Buddy in the past. In addition to last year’s Monster Blues show, they have performed together at Ravinia in Highland Park, Ill., the Chicago Theater and Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in Bridgeview, Ill. The appearance at the Crossroads show by Jonny and Buddy, along with the unscheduled appearance by Ronnie Wood of the Stones was one of, if not the highlight of the day. Hopefully they’ll team up again at Monster Blues II.
Buddy Guy is a living legend. He’s a Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. He owns Legends, the premier blues club in Chicago. He’s influenced people like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton. He also just released his autobiography, “When I Left Home”.
Don’t miss your chance to catch this show. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or by calling the Star Plaza at (219) 769-6311 or (773) 721-4600. The Star Plaza is located at Interstate 65 and Route 30. It’s a short 39 miles from downtown Chicago.