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SNL's vocalist Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez will be at the Flames of Hope:

Sep 9th 2012


A Celebration of life, Saturday Night Live's vocalist Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez will be performing at the Flames of Hope festival on October 6th to benefit the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation at Station Park (Waterfire), Providence RI.

Christine Ohlman, the flashy, gritty platinum-blonde "Beehive Queen," who is the longtime vocalist with NBC's Saturday Night Live Band, brings Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez main stage 8:30 headliner slot will spotlight songs from her six CDs, including The Deep End, a passionate collection that garnered five end-of-year 2010 national Top Ten mentions (Rolling Stone editor emeritus Dave Marsh said,"There are so many 'wow' moments," and esteemed journalist Peter Guralnick weighed in with, "Tough, tender, thoughtful and sassy; R-E-A-L, as Sam Phillips was wont to say").

She is scheduled also to perform her inspirational song "The Wish" at the "Illuminations of Life" ceremony on the steps of the State House at 6:40 p.m., prior to the concert. Supporting the hope to find a cure, Christine continues to deliver that hope through her voice in song, inspiring to thousands across the globe. When Christine told me she will be appearing at this wonderful event, she expresses how happy she is to be performing at the Flames of Hope Festival; for a wonderful cause it is, Christine is partial to causes to deliver hope to find a cure.

Last year during October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I stated in a previous article the truth - "No matter what age you are, early detection is the main key to survival and reduces any type of re-occurrence of cancer. Don’t ignore the symptoms. Most of all, by going pink in October, you are also making a strong statement for those who surround you that battled, survived or loss their lives to breast cancer – a statement to show those in the battle are all a hero.

Believe me, many women, including myself, experience the darkness of being told they have breast cancer. The darkness comes in a way where a woman feels her entire being is taken away and they ask themselves a constant question: Why Me? But you know what? As a survivor I will continue to admit that there is light after the darkness....and that light is not one from a train coming head on to hit you in a dark tunnel, it's a light of new beginnings to a new world that was never seen before through a cancer patient's eyes". To read that article Click Here.

The hope to find a cure continues all the more knowing we have Christine Ohlman, who is called "The Number-One Secret Weapon in America's gal-singin' sweepstakes" by the All-Music Guide, singing to continue the hope to find a cure at this festival. She will be joined onstage Chris Bickley (guitar), Larry Donahue (drums) and Michael Colbath (bass) in serving up a night of love-drenched stories in a style Marsh has dubbed "Contemporary Rock R n' B."

This queen of blue-eyed rock n' soul, who grew up loving equally the sweetness of a Memphis horn line and the raunch of an electric guitar riff--whether played by Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, or Pop Staples--teased her blonde hair into a beehive in honor of Ronnie Spector and never looked back. The Deep End includes duets with Dion, Marshall Crenshaw and Ian Hunter (she appears on Hunter's new CD and joined him recently at Carnegie Hall) and guest turns by Big Al Anderson, Levon Helm, GE Smith, Catherine Russell, and others.

Ohlman's credits include the theme song for NBC’s 30 Rock; the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Concert in Cleveland; 2012 Carnegie Hall Tribute to The Rolling Stones; The Lincoln Center “American Songbook” series with Sting, Lou Reed and Van Dyke Parks; headliner slots and show-stopping duets at the WC Handy Festival (with the Blind Boys of Alabama in 2012 and Bonnie Bramlett in 2011); two 2011 "evenings of duets" with Mac Rebennack; the Central Park Summerstage Tribute To Janis Joplin (where she fronted both Big Brother & The Holding Company and the Kozmic Blues Band); appearances on Grammy nominees A Tribute To Howlin' Wolf (with Taj Mahal and Lucinda Williams) and Charlie Musselwhite’s One Night In America (with Marty Stuart); recent live shots with Americana stalwart Paul Thorn and New Orleans legends The Subdudes (she joins The ‘Dudes, BB King, Richard Thompson and others on the CD Get You A Healin’ to benefit the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, Ohlman's charity of choice); and headliner slots at the 2010 and 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest’s “Down On The Bayou" series with Irma Thomas and others. In addition, she is a musicologist of note, who edited legendary Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham’s autobiography 2Stoned and is a cover-story-writing contributor to Elmore Magazine.

Ohlman has stories from her long tenure at SNL. She witnessed both the Sinead O'Connor ripping-of-the-pope's-picure and Jessica Simpson "meltdown" incidents, and calls Jimmy Fallon's December 2011 hosting, where all of his 2003 cast members returned to join him, "a delight." Her previous area appearances include most recently the American Music Series at the Courthouse Center for The Arts in West Kingston.

She promises an incendiary evening at The Flames Of Hope Concert in support of her recordings Strip, The Hard Way, Radio Queen, Wicked Time, 2008 career retrospective Re-Hive, 2010’s aforementioned The Deep End, 2011 concert DVD Live Hive, and 2012's upcoming The Grown-Up Thing.

One critic wrote, "From the mile-high beehive hairdo to the textbook rock n' roll radio lungs, Christine Ohlman reminds you of what used to be great about rock before it began to think too much. Watching her wind between roots rock and blues and never lose control of the wheel was a thrilling, reassuring sight." "I've come here tonight to set your souls on fire," The Beehive Queen has been known to tell an audience. And on the evening of October 6, she will.

The Festival takes place at Station Park/Waterfire. Locations of individual events and itinerary for "Flames Of Hope: A Celebration of Life" can be found at:





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