Are we blue? You bet we are


Photo by Steve Cooke

Forget red. Blue is the color of the Penn campus next weekend as the University hosts the fifth annual Greater Philadelphia Blues Fest June 7-10.

Headlining this year’s festival are New Orleans-born blues and R&B legend Dr. John, who refuses to be pigeonholed into a single musical genre, and Shemekia Copeland (photo), daughter of the late blues legend Johnny Clyde Copeland and herself one of the hottest young performers on the blues scene today.

Proceeds from Blues Fest events support West Philadelphia’s own housing- and community-development organization, The Partnership CDC.


GREATER PHILADELPHIA BLUES FEST: Thursday, June 7, through Sunday, June 10, at various locations on the Penn campus; see day-to-day listings for performers, locations and ticket prices. Information: or 215-662-1612.

Originally published on May 31, 2001