BlackRock Center for the Arts is welcoming powerhouse Blues vocalist Shakura S’Aida and her band to its Studio Theater on Friday, December 7 at 8 p.m. S’Aida’s set will feature powerful renditions from legendary blues artists like Etta James, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone.
Brooklyn-born, Swiss-raised, and Canadian-based, Shakura S’Aida has a diverse background to match her diverse performance experience. Her long tenured career has given her the opportunity to grace stages around the world, performing at festivals in Dubai, Europe, Australia, Rwanda, and Russia. Before she would embark on her solo career, S’Aida was the lead-singer of the 13-piece world music ensemble, Kaleefah, and has shared the stage with musicians like Jimmy Smith, Lee Oskar, Bettye LaVette, and Keb Mo’. Her solo career really took off in 2008 when she earned the runner-up position at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Since then she has gone on to win or be nominated for 11 awards recognizing her for her fiery blues vocals including winning the Maple Blues Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2011 and being nominated for the award in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
BlackRock’s Blues series has been a fan-favorite year in and year out. With a blend of seasoned veterans and on the rise stars, the series is sure to be a staple in the 2018-19 season. In addition to Shakura S’Aida, the series features performances from:
- Dave Keller: 12/21/2018
- Johnny Rawls: 1/11/2019
- Lauren Mitchell: 03/22/2019
Patrons are encouraged to bring BYOF (Bring-Your-Own-Feast) to our Friday Night Series. Your picnic preferences could include take-out from the enormous array of excellent Germantown restaurants or a home-packed basket filled with your own munchies. No alcoholic beverages may be brought from off premises into the BlackRock facilities.