Need a shot of the blues? Head for Mendocino.
Blues singer Shemekia (“Shameeka”) Copeland, daughter of famed Texas blues guitarist Johnny Copeland, performs on July 23, during the last weekend of the Mendocino Music Festival.
Raised in New York, now based in Chicago, she gets around.
“Last year, we were in Switzerland, France and Norway. Maybe we’ll go to Germany and Austria in the fall,” she said by phone recently.
“I love Northern California and I can’t wait to get back up there,” she added. “It’s festival season now, so we’re going to be spending a lot of time on the West Coast, which is cool, because I feel like I don’t get out that way that much. We’ll be in Seattle and Portland and around Vancouver.”
Copeland last appeared on the North Coast two years ago, at the Russian River Blues Festival.
The Mendocino Music Festival, held in the Performance Tent at Mendocino Headlands State Park, opened July 9 and runs through July 24. Admission: $10-$75. Information, full schedule: (707) 937-4041.