Ladies Sing the Blues: Featuring Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas, and Charenee Wade

April 08, 2022, 7:30 PM
Camp Concert Hall

$25 General, $10 Youth/Non-UR Student, UR Student Free 

Three powerhouse vocalists of today revive the liberated spirits and pioneering vocalizations of four divas of the blues from the 1920s:  Bessie Smith, Mamie Smith, Ma Rainey, and Ethel Waters. As the singers delve deep into the music of the Empress, Queen, and Mother of the Blues as well as that of stage and screen icon Waters, pianist Mark Shane leads a seven-piece band. Russel, Thomas, Wade pay homage to—and push forward—one of America’s essential musical contributions, tackling the follies of love and stomping the blues away. 

Pre-concert discussion at 6:30 pm with Catherine Russell  

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

This engagement of Ladies Sing the Blues is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. 


Catherine Russell 

Brianna Thomas 

Charenee Wade 

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