WESTERLY – The Queen Bee will be buzzing across Westerly this month, sharing her music as she flies.
Christine Ohlman — known as the “blue-eyed queen of rock n’ soul” for her legendary voice and stage presence, and as the “queen of the hive” for her towering blonde hairstyle — will take the Knick stage twice this month.
On Sunday, she’ll headline “Women’s Voices 5,” a performance showcase designed to raise funds for the Musical Arts Institute Girls Rock ‘n Roll Camp. On October 30, she will return to perform as an inductee of the New England Music Hall of Fame when the organization holds its annual induction ceremony at the Knick, which is also inducted for its “rich cultural history … as a point of historic landmark”, just like the famous Westerly metal band, Matthias Steele.
The Sunday concert will also feature Rebel Montez, Cliff Goodwin, Lorne Entress and Michael Colbath, Someone You Can XRay, Kala Farnham & Co. and Lee Ann Lovelace.
Ohlman is a long-time supporter of girls’ programs at the camp, located in Goshen, Mass., and offers vocal and instrumental lessons for teenage girls, as well as workshops on album production, recording techniques, music and lyric composition, concert bookings, music promotion and entertainment law.
She’s also a longtime supporter of other women in music, as her lineup can attest.
The event, which runs from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., is what Ohlman describes as “a great day of music for a great cause.”
The Queen, who grew up also loving “the smoothness of a Memphis horn line and the raunch of an electric guitar riff, whether played by Muddy Waters, Keith Richards or Pop Staples”, teased her blonde hair in a beehive in honor of Ronnie Spector and never looked back, picking up a guitar and forging a songwriting career in the process.
The longtime Saturday Night Live Band singer, Ohlman’s latest CD, “The Deep End,” has been honored on five national Top 10 lists and features special guests/duet partners Ian Hunter, Dion DiMucci and Marshall Crenshaw, along with Levon Helm, GE Smith, Andy York, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Catherine Russell, and Big Al Anderson.
Ohlman was inducted into American Heritage International’s National Blues Hall of Fame in 2017, appears on “A Tribute To Howlin’ Wolf” with Taj Mahal and Lucinda Williams, on Charlie Musselwhite’s “One Night in America” with Marty Stuart , and sings the theme song for NBC’s “30 Rock.”
Ohlman is famous for telling his audience, “I came here tonight to set your souls on fire. »