Sunday 16th at 5:30 pm (Blues Stage)

This is the mother whose house we’d all go to after school. Not for cookies and milk, but for some fired-up blues sung straight from her bottomless heart. Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen grew up in a musical household and absorbed the genre on the front porch at her uncles’ house, one who played guitar and the other on harmonica while the moths beat themselves against the porch light. The woman who idolizes Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James got her first gig while still in college. In three short days she had to hire a band and come up with a 30-song set list. She did it with all the style and sass she displays onstage today and the rest, as it is said, is history. She’s been touring with the Music Maker Relief Fund Blues Revue, an organization that supports musicians working in the shadows, lifting them from poverty and into the spotlight. Mother Blues richly deserves her place in blues history. Don’t miss this dynamic performer – colorful wigs, boas, and all!