Vocalist Shemekia Copeland led the field at the 2003 W.C. Handy Blues Awards, collecting three trophies during the ceremony last night (May 22) at Memphis' Orpheum Theatre. Copeland's Alligator album "Talking to Strangers" was named blues album of the year and contemporary blues album of the year, and the singer was named contemporary female artist of the year.
The 25th annual Celebrate Brooklyn! summer concert series has announced its slate of shows for the next few months, with artists such as Joan Armatrading, Mos Def, Stephen Malkmus; Rufus Wainwright, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Erykah Badu, the Derek Trucks Band, and Donnie set to appear.