ShemekiaNortheast Ohio’s premier free blues festival, Canton Blues Fest, will be rocking Market Square in downtown Canton for the 13th straight year on June 20 and 21! VIP tickets are on sale now, giving blues enthusiasts up-close access and fantastic FREE food and drinks. The theme for the 2014 festival is “Women in Blues,” and this year’s ana_pheadliners are none other than two leading ladies of Blues - Ana Popovic on Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Shemekia Copeland on Saturday at 8:30 p.m., along with music each day from noon to 10:30 p.m. From deep blues (Shemekia) to blues-rockin’ guitar (Ana), these women are two of the most talented and respected names in the Blues music genre. Plus, new this year is the “Back Porch” acoustic stage, featuring live music in between sets on the main stage. Go online to for a full list of festival performers. Blues Fest VIP Passes are again this year. Buy your two-day pass online for $75, or one-day pass for $45, and take advantage of FREE food and beer in the evening (after 5 p.m.), and incredible views of the stage all day. Visit to purchase VIP passes online, or contact Monique Thompson-Kennedy at (330) 458-2070 to reserve your passes today. Canton Blues Fest is presented by Canton Development Partnership, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. The 2014 Canton Blues Fest is made possible in part by Standard Plumbing and Heating Co., Cormony Development, Phil & Nancy Sonner, along with sponsors (to date) including Aultman Health Foundation, Superior Beverage Group, Signature Design and Remodeling, General RV, The Repository, The City of Canton, Mix 94.1 and News-Talk 1480 WHBC AM, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, and Kimble Companies. Special thanks to this year’s Canton Blues Festival committee, which is led by chairman, Lee Thomas. Lee is owner of Signature Design & Remodeling, as well as an avid blues fan and longtime Blues Fest committee member. This is his first year serving as chairman. Assisting Lee as co-chair is Vicky Sterling, president of Pinnacle Press. MAIN STAGE LINE-UP Friday, June 20 Noon: Blues Jam 2 p.m.: John Mosey Trio 4 p.m.: Jeff Poulos Blues Revue 6 p.m.: Anthony Gomes 8:30 p.m.: Ana Popovic Saturday, June 21 Noon: Acoustic Blues Jam 2 p.m.: Big Fat Dog 4 p.m.: Long Tall Deb 6 p.m.: Mississippi Heat 8:30 p.m.: Shemekia Copeland BACK PORCH LINE-UP Friday, June 20 3:30pm: Bongo Joe & Little Steve-o 5:30pm: Mike Lenz 7:30pm: Josh Hill Saturday, June 21 3:30pm: Christine Jackson 5:30pm: Jim Baker 7:30pm: Luther Trammel