Pamela Rose presents Blues is a Woman (1)

Blues Is A Woman

 Blues is a Woman - from Ma Rainey to Bonnie Raitt

 6 Bodacious Women tear up the stage in a celebration of Blues and Blueswomen!

“With a crackerjack, all-women band, Blues is a Woman makes the case that women powered the blues, from Alberta Hunter to Janis Joplin!” Cy Musiker, KQED

BLUES IS A WOMAN blurs the boundaries between concert and theater, using storytelling and music to bring to life the colorful history of the bold and singular women who wrote and popularized the blues.

Show creator Pamela Rose and her ensemble – featuring saxophonist Kristen Strom, pianist Jennifer Jolly, guitarist Pat Wilder, bassist Ruth Davies and drummer Daria Johnson – celebrate women in the Blues from Ma Rainey to Bonnie Raitt.

Some of their names are well known – Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin – and others should be – Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, Memphis Minnie, and so many more. The voices of these women are vibrant, challenging and inspirational, and BLUES IS A WOMAN seeks to ensure that these women, their histories, and their message will be remembered and celebrated.

“Firing up audiences…a stageful of powerful Blueswomen!” San Francisco Chronicle.


March 12th


daria and pat rain

Pat Wilder (guitar/vox)

Daria Johnson (drums/vox)

Ruth Davies (bass)

Jennifer Jolly (piano)

Pamela Rose (vox)

Jayne Wenger - Show creator and dramaturg

Written by Pamela Rose

Ruth pr, Pat, Kris at Freight

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Thanks to our 2022/2023 Sponsors!

Hewlett Foundation

Clay Foundation – West

Carney Foundation

Community Foundation/Sonoma County

Lew & Janet Baer

Elaine & Chris Stevick

Gene & Elizabeth Wright

Don Duffala & Sandy Smethurst

Bergin Family Foundation

Petaluma Community Guild

Rich & Diane Zimmerman

Kim & Clyde Schultz, DDS

Exchange Bank

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