MARICOPA — With a night of music in Copper Sky Recreation Complex on Saturday, the new COPA Music Festival aims to get audiences dancing and feeling good in a COVID-safe environment while also raising money for scholarships.

Described by show organizers as “Arizona’s No. 1 Black History Month concert,” the festival is hosted by singer Adina Howard and features six recording artists. Audiences may attend in person or watch via livestream.

The event performance schedule includes:

  • 6 to 6:40 p.m., Elaine Stepter, internationally known as the “Songbird of Love, she toured with Hall of Fame group Rose Royce. Her latest album is entitled “Live at the Hollywood Park Casino.”
  • 6:45 to 7:15 p.m., Fel Davis, lead singer of Public Announcement.
  • 7:35 to 8:45 p.m., Willie Clayton, blues and soul singer and Al Green tribute performer.
  • 9:05 to 9:30 p.m., Jermaine Lockhart, international jazz saxophonist.
  • 9:35 to 10:05 p.m., Gemini, a Luther Vandross tribute performer.
  • 10:10 to 10:40 p.m., Tracy Sanders, a Diana Ross tribute performer

Festival house bands are Kings of Soul, Fred Boswell Jr. and Friends, and DJ Spin.

Kent and Chrystal O’Jon, founders of the VA Health & Wellness Center Project of Arizona, also doing business as the Maricopa Veterans Care Center, are sponsoring the event.

The concert raises money for scholarships. Scholarship sponsors are Rob and Russ Byers of ACP Painting and Lewis Green of Maricopa Express Motor Vehicle Services.

The scholarship sponsors and a representative from the city of Maricopa will award the scholarships onstage during the event.

Scholarship recipients are Darryl Gooding of Keeping Teachers Teaching Foundation, a National Youth Education Program, and the city of Maricopa to forward to local youth organizations.

Organizers say the event will not be a COVID-19 super-spreader and will follow all guidelines established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including being held outdoors.

Festival attendees will have their temperature taken upon entering the gate. They must wear masks and maintain 6 feet of social distancing between parties. Multiple hand sanitizing stations will be set up throughout the venue.

To keep performing artists safe from the virus, microphones will be sanitized between performances and meet-and-greet opportunities will not be held. Front row seating will be set up 15 feet from the stage.

Gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Copper Sky complex, 44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Admission is $30 at the gate or $20 if purchased in advance. Electronic tickets are available online at Paper tickets are available at Water & Ice Maricopa Fiesta, 520-568-4240, or The Cut Barbershop, 520-858-2117.

Veterans are admitted at no cost.


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at