The Tinner Hill Blues Festival is a three-day annual event in Falls Church VA. The kickoff event this year will be Alligator Records artist Shemekia Copeland and Sol Roots performing at The State Theatre. The whole Tinner Hill Blues Festival will be held Friday June 13, Saturday June 14, and Sunday June 15 2014.
About Shemekia Copeland
An Alligator Records artist, Shemekia continues to tour the world and to win fans at every stop. She's played with Buddy Guy and B.B. King, and has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Dr. John and Koko Taylor, among many others. She won the hearts and souls of new fans at the 1998 and 2002 Chicago Blues Festivals, The North Atlantic Blues Festival, Milwaukee's Summerfest, The Monterey Jazz Festival, The San Francisco Blues Festival, The New York State Blues Festival, The North Sea Festival in Holland, The Montreux Jazz Festival, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Lowell Folk Festival, and many others.
One of the many lessons Shemekia learned growing up was the importance of singing from the heart. Nobody wants to listen to someone singing just to earn some money," she says. You've gotta sing because you need to do it." Indeed, Shemekia's soul-satisfying vocals and the lessons she learned from her father (Johnny Copeland), matched with her inner need to sing, have brought her to audiences both young and old. I still listen to Aretha Franklin, Katie Webster, Trudy Lynn, Etta James, Howard Tate, India Arie and Angelique Kidjo. But I never try to copy them. They've all inspired me and helped me become my own person."
With the powerful and radio-friendly songs her new album release, THE SOUL TRUTH , and continued non-stop touring, Shemekia continues to reach fans across all musical genres. Shemekia Copeland is a major talent," raves The Chicago Tribune. Wonderfully expressive singing...breathtaking performances that touch the heart," adds DownBeat. Throughout THE SOUL TRUTH, Shemekia Copeland testifies her music to both seasoned music lovers, who appreciate her musical roots, as well as to new fans, who love her contemporary attitude. I want people who love hip-hop to know where it came from," she told Vibe magazine. My music is rooted in blues, but it's different. I'm singing about my era. I'm here and I'm singing about now and not yesterday." And that's the truth, nothing but the soul truth.
About Sol Roots
Sol Roots is a fierce guitarist and soulful singer who has toured around the world with many roots, funk, and blues legends. Sol's talent stretches from fiery rock to laid back jazz, and from funky innovative grooves to soulful ballads, drawing on a deep background in raw down-home blues.
Sol has performed on stage and in the studio with musical heavyweights Taj Mahal, Kenny Wayne Shepard, and with the international guitar hero Cool John Ferguson (nominated 2 years -Most Outstanding Guitarist-Living Blues), who he performed with steadily for years. With Cool John, Sol has opened for the great B.B. King, Derek Trucks Band, and other musical luminaries.
Sol has performed at many premier festivals and venues across the east coast US, and he and his band have co-billed with Soulive, Eric Lindell, Walter Wolfman Washington, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Wood Brothers, Jackie Greene, and more.
Paying homage to the greats, Sol seeks to push musical boundaries and bring Roots Music to a new generation of listeners.
Sol Roots is an official Home Grown Music Network artist.
The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation was founded in 1997 to preserve the early civil rights history of Falls Church and vicinity. The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation was established in 1997 as a 501 c (3) nonprofit corporation chartered in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with the following goals:
+ To preserve the rich cultural heritage of pioneering African Americans who fought racial segregation and established the nation’s first rural branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
+ To promote understanding and respect for all people, sponsor educational and other activities designed to increase awareness for the achievements African Americans have made in Falls Church and Virginia.
+ To recognize the achievements of special individuals and groups by developing written materials; creating memorials and monuments; Organizing festivals, cultural events and observations and exhibitions; sponsoring workshops and seminars
+ To create Educational opportunities to disseminate to teachers, students and the general public the rich history of Tinner Hill and the citizens of the region providing photographic reproductions, videotaped productions, and online information services; and by any other appropriate means.
Other incredible artists performing at this years Tinner Hill Blues Festival include: Teeney Tucker, Tom Principato, Mississippi Heat, Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Ensemble, Baatin, Michael Roach, Ursula Ricks, Cathy Ponton King, David Cole and Main Street Blues, Mr. Truewill, and more!
Shemekia Copeland Press
Volcanic delivery and straight-from-the-gut realism...a masterful blend of fiery blues, ballsy ballads and electrifying rockers" - Vibe.
Shemekia is the most soul-shaking, big-voiced blues singer in years, attacking contemporary material like the early Etta James" - Village Voice.
Extraordinary talent...Copeland is a vocalist who knows few stylistic limitations. She's a true blues diva" - Billboard.
Sol Roots Press
Sol is a fierce guitarist and soulful singer"- Jambase.
He's toured the world with some of the biggest names in funk and blues...He's the fiery guitarist known as Sol, and his influences span the country, and the globe"- On Tap Magazine.
“...The show also highlights the genius of Sol Roots, who has performed throughout the South fronting his own soul and rock bands, while performing with blues legends from Guitar Gabriel to Taj Mahal....” - Washington Examiner.