Shemekia Copeland and Ranky Tanky at DCA

The Door Community Auditorium will present a one-of-a-kind double bill as part of its Blues, Roots and American Stories series Sept. 21, 7 pm, when powerhouse singer Shemekia Copeland will take the stage with South Carolina quintet Ranky Tanky, which performs American Gullah music with a twist.

Copeland sings like no one else, whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, lending spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up, or digging deep into a country-tinged ballad. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Copeland offers a wide-open fusion of contemporary blues, roots and soul music that showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. 

Ranky Tanky. Photo by Peter Frank Edwards.

Ranky Tanky – whose name translates loosely as “Work it!” or “Get funky!” – will perform timeless music of the Gullah culture, which was born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. With a repertoire of playful game songs and ecstatic shouts, Ranky Tanky’s accomplished artists bring new life to this inimitable style of music.

Tickets range from $45 to $70; advance reservations are recommended. Purchase tickets in person at the auditorium box office, 3926 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek; by phone at 920.868.2728; or at


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