Friday night June 7th saw the first concert of the 2019 season at Bold Point Park. The show was a clinic in the blues with a gospel edge. Those in attendance were treated to quadruple bill of Shemekia Copeland, Marc Cohn, Robert Cray, and the Blind Boys of Alabama.
Copeland, daughter of legendary blues guitarist Johnny Copeland, set the tone for the evening with energized takes on “Ain’t Got Time for Hate” and “Would You Take My Blood,” among others.
Cohn then took the stage, accompanied by the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama, who he recorded and toured with previously. He dedicated “Listening to Levon,” a song about Levon Helm, to “the late great Dr. John” and played a soulful version of “Silver Thunderbird.”
The Boys were strong on “Walk in Jerusalem” and the spiritual “Amazing Grace,” sung to a “House in New Orleans” melody. A super soulful gospel twinged take on “Walking in Memphis” followed by “If I Had a Hammer” closed the powerful set.
Bluesman Cray wrapped up the evening. His band, tight as ever, delivered throughout the set, one that featured hits and lesser known gems. Highlights included a Bill Withers tune, “The Same Love That Made Me Laugh,” from Cray’s latest album, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, and “Shiver.”
Check out some photos from WhatsUpRI’s Rick Farrell below.