SAN JOSE, CA — Blues is a Woman made its theatrical debut in San Francisco in 2017, with a month-long, sold-out run and fantastic reviews. On Friday, January 24th, it will rock the Montgomery Theater in downtown San Jose. [Click here for event information]
Following up on its San Francisco engagement, show creator Pamela Rose is tearing it up with a new version. 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. Live music and theatrical storytelling transport the audience back to the early roots of the America’s most enduring art form and travel through the decades to celebrate the outspoken, audacious women of the blues.
“Rose is an ebullient, charismatic performer sharing the stage with powerful blues players… giving audiences what they want, and proving that a woman’s place is among the blues greats!” – Andy Gilbert, SF Chronicle
“Musically compelling, wonderfully entertaining and at times daring work!” – Lee Hildebrand, Berkeleyside.com
“Blues is a Woman hits it out of the park with a sensational show!” – Stu News, Laguna Beach
Blues is a Woman, presented by Turnaround Artists & Pamela Rose, was written by San Francisco musician Pamela Rose, with original creative direction by Jayne Wenger.
It is the latest in Rose’s “Wild Women of Song” project, which gives voice to remarkable women in American music. Rose’s previous piece Wild Women of Song: Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era toured nationally for seven years.
About Turnaround Artists: Turnaround Artists is a nonprofit presenter of quality events in communities around the U.S., dedicated to enriching audiences and supporting touring shows. It presented In The Mood, the 1940s big band musical revue, in over 150 theaters nationally; toured Helen Reddy’s Shirley Valentine on a three-week Northwest tour in 1997; presented Irving Street Rep’s production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ in 35 cities nationwide; toured Luis Bravo’s Forever Tango to a dozen cities including extended runs in San Francisco and Boston; recently completed a three-week West Coast tour of the Broadway production of A Night With Janis Joplin, and in various cities presented The Russian Grand Ballet, Moscow Festival Ballet, Fame, Menopause The Musical, Darlene Love, Under The Streetlamp, Mariachi Sol De Mexico, New Shanghai Circus, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and mmany more. Turnaround Artists is a nonprofit company based in Visalia, California which continues the work of its predecessor company, Artbeat, Inc.