Shemekia Copeland - photo by Greg JohnsonShemekia Copeland is definitely one of those great artists who seem to get better over time. Not that she wasn’t terrific already, but her latest release, Outskirts Of Love, just may be the finest of her young career to date. It has already garnered a Grammy nomination, and there surely will not be a surprise if it ends up on the Blues Music Awards ballot, too. But Shemekia is not just fantastic on record, she is a dynamic, crowd-enthralling performer, too. Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up, or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else.

If you haven’t witnessed a Shemekia Copeland performance before, then you definitely do not want to take the chance to miss one now. One of the best live shows you’ll see in the blues world today, Copeland returns to Jimmy Mak’s on Wednesday, January 13. Tickets are available through TicketTomato.com for $20.00 reserved and $17.00 general admission. And since this is a Cascade Blues Association co-sponsored event, receive a $3.00 discount when you use the code “CBA” when ordering your tickets online. The show begins at 8:00 pm. Jimmy Mak’s is located at 221 NW 10th. Reservations are highly recommended as this show is certain to sell out.