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Queen of the Chicago Blues to perform in Park City this weekend

Published January 8, 2013 3:00 pm

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By the Chicago blues singer's estimation, it has been about a decade since she last performed in Utah, so it is fitting that Shemekia Copeland will have two nights of music to thrill Park City audiences.

Copeland, 33, has had a year to remember, with her latest CD "33 1/3" being nominated for a Grammy at February's awards show, as well as coming off a performance at the White House where she jammed with Buddy Guy and sang alongside Mick Jagger. "I wish I had a good story," the singer told The Tribune about how she got to be invited to sing for President Barack Obama. "They just called, and I couldn't believe it. I was just so honored — it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Last week, Copeland's manager told her that a contestant on the Hungarian version of the televised singing competition "The Voice" sang one of her songs, and Copeland said she didn't even realize there was a Hungarian version of "The Voice" — but was thrilled nevertheless, because it means her socially conscious message is being heard.

"I'm about putting my message out into the universe," she said. "What's the point of being an artist if you can't help out in some way?"

When • Friday, Jan. 11, Saturday, Jan. 12, 8 p.m.Where • The Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main St., Park CityTickets • GA $25 in advance, $28 door; front-of-house $33 in advance, $35 door; cabaret seats $39, $44 door; at egyptiantheatrecompany.org