Ana Popovic jokes that she can’t name a Serbian song.
Although she grew up in the city of Belgrade, she listened primarily to American soul and blues, with influences from Elmer James to Stevie Ray Vaughan.
“In my house, there was a lot of music — loud music, good music,” Popovic said. “Whatever we did, there was music in the background.”
For Popovic, music is in the forefront now.
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She’s an acclaimed blues/rock guitarist and singer, with several well-received records and a slew of awards and nominations to her name.
Now based in Memphis, Tenn., she is on tour and will play The Roxy Bar and concert venue July 31.
Show time is 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Popovic promises a good time.
“It’s going to be a very powerful show. A lot of loud guitars, good guitars. A lot of blues and rock and all different styles of music based on blues,” she said.
Popovic picked up a guitar at age 15. Her first ambition was to become good enough to jam with friends.
But it turned out she had a gift.
And a passion.
“The stage — it’s my territory and time for myself. A lot of people do yoga or mediate or whatever. My moment comes when I step on the stage. For 90s minutes, it’s me, my instrument, the sound, the beat,” she said. “I really enjoy what I do. I live for those 90 minutes.”
Tickets for Popovic’s show at The Roxy are $24 general admission or $89 for a reserved table for four. They’re available at www.ticketfly.com or at the door.
For more information on Popovic, go to www.anapopovic.com. The Roxy Bar is at 101 W. Kennewick Ave., Suite 201.