St. Joseph Today Announces Shemekia Copeland to Headline BBQ, Blues, and Bluegrass May 16

Blues vocalist, Shemekia Copeland will headline the BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass, May 16 at Whirlpool Centennial Park in St. Joseph. “This is an incredible opportunity to hear Shemekia Copeland perform live with Lake Michigan as the backdrop,” said event organizer, Amy Zapal, executive director of St. Joseph Today. She said this start-of-beach-season festival will serve up continuous music, finger-licking barbecue, regional craft brews and wines from noon to 8:00 pm just steps from the big lake.

The Chicago Tribune describes Shemekia Copeland as “one of the great blues voices of our time. No one comes close to the sheer firepower that Copeland conjures at will.”

Zapal said Shemekia Copeland, the 2019 Blues Music Awards Album of the Year winner, is one of five blues and bluegrass bands scheduled for the rain-or-shine event. Dustbowl Revival, will thrill the audience with their boundary pushing take on American roots bluegrass music. At just 18 years old, Michigan based Jake Kershaw will take the stage with his performance of classic blues and blues with a rock edge. Old Salt Union, a non-traditional string band, will captivate the audience with their progressive bluegrass string music. And Grand Rapids, MI based band The Crane Wives will showcase their four person folk/Americana set.

Zapal added that St. Joseph Today wanted to raise the caliber of music at the event without impacting its affordability. That was made possible again this year through the generosity of Chemical Bank and music sponsor Paul & Rose Suchovsky Charitable Trust. She also extended thanks to the City of St. Joseph and beverage tent sponsor, Bud Distributing, Inc.

Tickets will be on sale beginning March 2. Tickets will be $20 in advance and $25 day of for the all-day festival with an additional charge for drink tickets on site. Food will be available for cash purchase. Zapal said local accommodations are geared up to host BBQ and music guests. Ticket and overnight stay information are available at or the Welcome Center at 301 State St. in downtown St. Joseph.

Since 1917, Chemical Bank’s home town approach to banking has been focused on community banking, highlighted by local leadership and decision making, a devotion to community and personalized service.  More information about the Corporation is available by visiting the investor relations section of its website at

The Paul & Rose Suchovsky Charitable Trust is devoted to supporting the education of our local youth as well as supporting the growth of local businesses through community events. St. Joseph Today and the whole community benefit from the generous support for great music.

St. Joseph Today, a membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to developing and promoting events and businesses in St. Joseph, Michigan and its surrounding communities. For more information about BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass or upcoming events, visit or