Date: Saturday, July 7th 8:30pm Location: Memorial Hall
Wherever she performs, Brooklyn-born, Swiss-raised, and Canadian-based blues singer Shakura S’Aida truly owns the stage. Her warm and welcoming personality, dazzling visual style, and truly remarkable voice take audiences on a sublime and soulful journey that lingers on, long after the lights have dimmed. Her long-simmering career first moved into high gear in 2008, after a triumphant trip to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where she won the runner up title. Her varied projects now range from performances at festivals in Dubai, Europe, Australia, Rwanda and Russia, to her symphony orchestra concert, “Blues in G Minor: 4 Women”, to her 4 woman tribute to Nina Simone, “The Nina Project”. This versatile vocalist and consummate entertainer has blown audiences away with her scorching vocal style, uncanny ability to deliver powerful original songs, and to get deep into the guts of the most venerable standard. She will be performing with her stellar band, which includes one of the father’s of sacred steel guitar, Chuck Campbell.