SNL’s “Beehive Queen” Christine Ohlman, will be live streaming from the Narrows Center Friday January 29th with her band Rebel Montez. Known for her mile-high platinum-blonde hairdo) Ohlman is the current, long-time vocalist with NBC’s Saturday Night Live Band whose sixth critically-acclaimed CD with Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, The Deep End, was honored on numerous national end-of-year Top Ten lists.
Ohlman will be joined onstage by band members including Michael Colbath (bass) and acclaimed Boston area aces Cliff Goodwin (guitar-Joe Cocker/Robert Palmer) and Lorne Entress (drums-Lori McKenna, Big Al Anderson, and Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters).
Ohlman is a recent inductee to the National Blues Hall of Fame of American Heritage, International who took part in two days of filming at The Narrows with blues greats from around America for “They All Stood Up,” a filmed documentary on the late, great bluesman James Cotton. Her voice graces Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” (in a guest-vocal turn on the Rolling Stones’ classic cut “Out of Time”).
Ohlman landed the Top Female Americana Vocalist honors on The Alternate Root’s International Readers’ Poll (she shares top slots with Paul Thorn, The Mavericks, and Rodney Crowell). Pre-Covid, she was fresh from appearances onstage in NYC with Bonnie Raitt, Keb Mo, Trombone Shorty, Jon Batiste and Paul Shaffer; at the Paris Conservatory and the Royal Academy at Ghent with The Sessions Panel; on the SNL 40th Anniversary broadcast and Post-Broadcast concert at the Plaza Hotel; “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon;” multiple appearances on the soundtrack for the HBO series “Vinyl,” including a duet with Elvis Costello; the Carnegie Hall Tribute To The Rolling Stones; the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Concert in Cleveland (HBO) and The WC Handy Festival in Muscle Shoals, where she’s been the special guest of the Blind Boys Of Alabama and led an All-Star Shoals tributes that included Bonnie Bramlett, Candi Staton, and Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Her numerous studio and live collaborations encompass Grammy-nominated recordings with Charlie Musselwhite; “Evenings of Duets” with the late Mac Rebennack (Dr. John); Dion, Ian Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw and the late Levon Helm (all of whom guested on “The Deep End”); a longtime onstage collaboration with legendary NRBQ guitarist Big Al Anderson; plus appearances with Al Green, Steve Miller, Smokey Robinson, Bonnie Raitt, Brian Wilson, Bruce Springsteen, and the late George Harrison. With JoJo Hermann of Widespread Panic, she leads the “Down On The Bayou” New Orleans Jazz and Heritage benefits for the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. She guests on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and legendary Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham’s “The ALO Orchestra Sings The Rolling Stones Songbook Vol. 2,” named “Coolest Record Of The Year” by SIRIUS/XM’s “Little Steven’s Underground Garage.”