Known for her fiery blues, Christine Ohlman, “The Beehive Queen,” has two trademarks: her “do” measuring a rumored 19 inches tall, and her blend of rock and blues. The longtime vocalist of the Saturday Night Live Band, Ohlman is known for biting into the core of rock n’ roll. With her rock band, Rebel Montez, she will have the Berkshires buzzing on Saturday, April 21, at 8 PM as she appears as part of MASS MoCA’s Alt Cabaret series.
Her music has been described as “wicked, wild, and wanton, full of heathen rock n’ roll, crazed jungle voodoo, hillbilly hellfire, and sinful soul music” – Syndicated.
Inspired by the 1960s bad girls the Ronettes, Ohlman has been deep in the music scene ever since she recorded her first album at 16. After fronting her brother’s band, Fancy, she started The Scratch Band, which quickly developed a cult following throughout the Northeast. Credited with creating its classic blues sound, Ohlman has performed with the SNL Band since 1991, including a performance with Reverend Al Green for its 25th Anniversary Special. Famed for drawing from the history of rock and blues, she has directed her knowledge beyond her own music, having been an original editor of the All Music Guide.