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[Past Event] Evolution of Blues – Part III | In-Person

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Course Description:

We continue our tribute to, and appreciation of, the immense contributions made by African Americans to the uniquely American music known as the blues. This semester will be devoted entirely to the works of female blues singers and musicians. We will begin with a look at some of the pioneers, including Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie, explore their influence on later artists, and then work our way to some marvelous current artists including Bonnie Raitt, Ruthie Foster, Shemekia Copeland, and Larkin Poe. In between, we’ll listen to Ruth Brown, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor, and Janis Joplin, to name just a few. Please join us even if you weren’t able to take earlier offerings in this series.


Tuition: $45.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 *10:00am - noon* (4 sessions)


Course will be presented live at CSUMB Ryan Ranch (8 Upper Ragsdale Road, Monterey) and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. To keep everyone safe, seats are limited.


Brian Simmons, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus and a former dean at CSUMB. He is an avid historian and lifelong fan of the blues, having attended hundreds of live performances and created a library of over 2,000 records, tapes, CDs, and videos.