Returning to Putney's Next Stage: A Rock 'N' Soul Dance Party With Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez

Ohlman is the long-time "Saturday Night Live Band" vocalist

PUTNEY, VERMONT - On Saturday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m., Next Stage Arts Project is thrilled to bring Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez back to Putney by rousing popular demand, for an all-out rock n’ soul concert-dance-party! The party will also feature the expanded and improved Next Stage dance floor and lighting, part of the venue's recent renovations.


PRESS RELEASE * Photos courtesy of Next Stage Arts

Known as “The Beehive Queen” for her outrageous, mile-high hairdo, Christine is the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band. Voted #7 on Alternate Roots’ list of "Top 30 Female Vocalists," this queen of blue-eyed rock n’ soul 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. She teased her blonde hair into a beehive in honor of Ronnie Spector and never looked back, picking up a guitar and forging a career as a songwriter in the process.

Christine and the Saturday Night Live Band sang at SNL’s "25th Anniversary" telecast, Bob Dylan’s "30th Anniversary" bash at The Garden (with George Harrison, Chrissie Hynde, and others), the 2009 "Obama Inaugural Gala" in Washington, D.C., The Lincoln Center “American Songbook” series with Sting and Lou Reed, and the "Central Park Summerstage Tribute To Janis Joplin," fronting both Big Brother & The Holding Company and the Kozmic Blues Band.

She has appeared on Grammy nominees "A Tribute To Howlin’ Wolf" (with Taj Mahal and Lucinda Williams), Charlie Musselwhite’s "One Night In America" with Marty Stuart, sings the theme song for NBC’s 30 Rock and has worked with Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder & others on the "Rhythm & Blues Foundation Awards."

Christine has also recorded her first CD of original material in five years, featuring special guests/duet partners Ian Hunter, Dion DiMucci, and Marshall Crenshaw, plus Levon Helm, GE Smith, Andy York, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Catherine Russell, Big Al Anderson and others. She also released a concert DVD, Live Hive, with her band Rebel Montez (Michael Colbath-bass; Cliff Goodwin-guitar; Larry Donahue-drums). “I’ve come here tonight to set your souls on fire,” she’ll tell an audience. And she will.

Tickets are $18 in advance, general admission, $20 at the door, available online at: www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro, or the Putney Coop. For more information, contact Next Stage Arts at (802) 387-0102 or nextstagearts@gmail.com. Next Stage a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney’s cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage. For more information contact: Maria Basescu, Executive Director, 802-387-0102 or nextstagearts@gmail.com