Rose Theater 2020-2021

Family Concert: What is the Blues?

with Catherine Russell

What to expect

  • An energetic, interactive introduction to the blues for children and families.
  • A live band led by charismatic blues singer Catherine Russell.

In this hour-long, interactive concert, families will learn all about the fundamental musical concept known as “the blues.” With support from a soulful, live band, this afternoon performance will be hosted by the charismatic Catherine Russell, named “the best blues singer today” by the Wall Street Journal.

The blues is one of the most foundational and widespread traditions in music—but it can mean a lot of different things! Audiences will enjoy live performances of songs from the generation-spanning genre, and the band will teach song forms like the “12-bar blues,” illustrate “blue notes” with their improvised solos, and lead the crowd in some lively call-and-response as Russell sings about what it means to have the blues.

Though the blues is its own genre of music, it’s also a core component of jazz and one of the roots of popular American music as a whole. Make sure you’re in Rose Theater to sing along when Catherine Russell and the band answer that classic question for budding music lovers: “What is the blues?”

Visitor Info

Box Office

Broadway and 60th Street

Ground Floor



Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm

Sun, 12pm-6pm




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