Jazzanoogans, You asked for it...so we are bringing it BACK!!
Join us on Friday, April 15th as we welcome back Chattanooga's own Azusa "She She" Dance for a one night only performance of "The Life & Times of Big Mama Thornton!"
Born and raised in the outskirts of Montgomery, Alabama, she became one of the most important female architects of rock & roll. Her live performances on the Blues, Gospel, R&B and Rock circuits captivated audiences. Known for her powerful voice and provocatively explicit lyrics, she broke down racial barriers and shattered stereotypes about female artists. She was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1984. She was larger than life; raw and explosive, yet at times, plaintive and expressive.
So who is this woman who sang the megahit "Hound Dog" before Elvis Presley and who wrote "Ball & Chain," the song that catapulted Janis Joplin to sudden fame?
Her name was Willie Mae, but she was known to the world as “Big Mama”.
Cash bar will be provided but the 1st drink is on us for all ticket holders and VIP Package Members!!
This event is part of the LIVE At The Bessie Performance Series.