Award-winning guitarist Ana Popovic blends electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful feminine vocals. All this talent makes her an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues music. Popovic will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the College's Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $35 and $25.
As the only female guitar player, Popovic was added to the 2014-2016, all-star Experience Hendrix lineup—a nationwide tour celebrating the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix with Buddy Guy, Eric Johnson, Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and many more world-renowned artists. She's been nominated for five Blues Music Awards and appeared on the cover of Vintage Guitar and Guitar Player magazines. Her albums "Can You Stand The Heat" and "Unconditional" were pick-of-the-week by USA Today and featured on NPR Music. Nearly all of Popovic's albums made it the Top 5 of the Billboard Blues Charts and are being played regularly on radio nationwide.
Popovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia) and grew up in a family where music was very important. Throughout her youth, her father would invite friends over for nightly jam sessions. In this atmosphere, she quickly learned her father's impressive blues and soul record collection, grabbed his guitar and started playing at age 15. Since then, Popovic has developed into an phenomenal guitarist/vocalist with a growing legion of fans throughout the world.
In 2016 Popovic released "Trilogy," her most ambitious project yet, with 23 blues, jazz and funk tunes on three CDs. Popovic and her powerful band are tirelessly touring, playing major blues, jazz and rock festivals. She is endorsed by Fender, D'Angelico, Jim Dunlop and DR strings. She has shared headlining stages with B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr. and many others.
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