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Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen’s powerful voice, humor and deep blues bring the audience to their feet. Featured in the Our Living Past special exhibit, Pat’s vibrancy and love for the music jumps out of her portrait, and we are excited to have that coming to our Performance Theater stage on Saturday, September 25, 7:00pm!
Tickets are available as concert-only or concert + exhibit tour. Attendees who purchase the latter will explore the Our Living Past special exhibit with our Head Curator before the performance. The tour will start at 6:00pm, and doors open for the concert at 6:30pm.
Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen
Since the age of six, Pat was surrounded by music. Her blues classroom was on the porch of her uncle’s house where one played the guitar and the other played the harmonica. Her first professional engagement came in the early 1980s when she was asked to perform at a local club where she was attending college.
“I had three days to find three musicians and put together 30 songs,” she said. “They loved me- the rest is history because I’ve been singing the Blues ever since.”
For years, Pat sang in New Orleans six nights a week, performing at a wide array of venues including the House of Blues, until Katrina destroyed her home. She relocated to North Carolina and has recently started touring with the Music Maker Blues Revue. During her performances, “Mother Blues” unfurls the tapestry of her life experiences to her audience in soulful words and music. She shares the mettle, pathos and ocean-deep compassion of the famous female blues singers she idolizes- women like Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James.
Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen is a dramatic and exotic performer whose talent should not be overlooked.
Article about Pat from Rolling Stone, April 22, 2020: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/blues-singer-seniors-socially-distanced-performances-987393/