Few things are sexier than a woman who can play a guitar. Ana Popovic really can. She was born in Serbia and raised in Belgrade during the Molosovic era, and her passion for American blues music was born during the nightly jam sessions her father would host in the family home. “When I was 6 or 7 I could tell Stevie Ray from Buddy Guy,” she told Miami.com.
Popovic studied music at conservatories in The Netherlands, and last year she relocated to Memphis, ready to make U.S. audiences familiar with the so-called Serbian Scorcher. Ana’s willingness to venture outside of her comfort zone has led to success. “We traded our safe and secure life in Amsterdam. In Europe my name is pretty much established, especially in countries like Germany and France. I could probably play festivals and clubs there the coming 20 years and make a real good living. But you gotta always ask yourself if that’s what is satisfying?”
With half a dozen albums under her belt, her latest, Can You Stand the Heat, is an experiment in old school funk.
The sight of the dainty blond decked out in a skin-tight minidress meticulously banging out riffs may be a bit of a shock, but a welcome one. Popovic, who has been dubbed the “female Jimi Hendrix,” is unfazed by her novelty. “I never took the remark ‘You’re good for a girl’ as an insult.”
Show info: 8 p.m. Saturday, UM Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables; Festivalmiami.com
Foodies’ night out
You couldn’t drop a spoon in Tongue & Cheek’s dining room Thursday night without it falling on the shoe of one of Miami’s top chefs.
Todd Erickson (Haven, Huahua’s) and Michael Schwartz (Michael’s Genuine, Cypress Room) hung out at a communal table with Miami food blogger and Twitterer @frodnesor. Nearby, Tim Andriola (Timo) and Michael Jacobs (Hidden Kitchen) and their significant others dined together. And MC Kitchen’s Dena Marino sat with friends at another table. The cooks turned out in force for a collaborative dinner from chefs Jamie DeRosa of T&C and Clay Conley of Buccan in Palm Beach. It was the second in a series of collab dinners cooked up by DeRosa and a guest. The first, which featured Top Chef alum Lindsay Autry, now at Sundy House in Delray Beach, also had a big-name Miami chef in attendance: Michelle Bernstein, Autry’s former boss.