Our Living Blues: A Workshop w/ Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen & Ben Sandmel
Our Living Blues: A Workshop w/ Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen & Ben Sandmel Join Alexandria Museum of Art, Pat Cohen, and Ben Sandmel for this free workshop about Blues history, lyrics and musical form; the Blues influence on music, as a reflection of society, and how the Blues is still a viable medium today. This workshop will take place on Friday, May 19th, at the Hearn Stage in Downtown Alexandria, from 3-5pm. Limited to 50 seats. Register now. Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen made her living entertaining in New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina took her home in the 9th Ward. She returned to her birthplace in North Carolina and resurrected her career by joining the Music Makers. Since the age of six, Pat was surrounded by music. Her blues classroom was on the porch of her uncle’s house where one played the guitar and the other played the harmonica. Music Maker assisted Pat through the New Orleans Musicians Fund, and she toured with the Music Maker Blues Revue in Australia, Europe, and the U.S. In 2014 Music Maker helped Pat Cohen get a vehicle so she could make it to her gigs. For More on Mother Blues: https://musicmaker.org/artist-spotlight-pat-mother-blues-cohen/ Ben Sandmel is a New Orleans-based journalist, folklorist, drummer, and producer. His published work includes one-hundred sets of liner notes for albums covering a wide range of musical genres, and hundreds of articles for publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Esquire, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, Delta Sky, Scottish Life, Workboat,and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Sandmel’s work has been anthologized in From Jubilee to Hip Hop: African American Music Since Reconstruction (Prentice-Hall, 2009); Accordions, Fiddles, Two-Steps & Swing: A Cajun Music Reader (The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2006); DaCapo Best Music Writing 2000 (DaCapo), and La Musique Zydeco (Recontres Transmusicales de Rennes, France, 1990.) For More information on Ben: https://wordsandmusic.org/ben-sandmel/ A concert with Mother Blues will take place the evening before the workshop. More information at www.themuseum.org/motherblues.