DJ RhiaC, otherwise known as the “Blues Mama,” is another guest DJ at Marcel’s. Growing up a punk rock and funk/soul/jazz/R&B aficionado, of course one would predict she would become…a blues DJ???
But for her, it makes perfect sense. “Punk has an energy, an ‘up yours’ attitude that blues shares. Blues never cared about being ‘proper and prim,’ and neither did punk. And of course, funk, soul, R&B and jazz either came from the blues or co-existed with the blues – LOL, it seems almost all 20th century musical forms came from the blues!” And to those who would scratch their heads at such a vastly wide range of musical interests, well, she’s not interested in easy pigeon-holing. “I like to dance sometimes – and sometimes I like to think.”
Her favorite musicians were (and are, among others) artists like Prince, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, The Clash, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Black Flag, Billy Idol, Blondie, Dead Kennedys, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, and predicting her future interests, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, BB King, Etta James and Little Walter.
Now, although her primary interest is blues, DJ RhiaC is still the same person who resists easy categorization and neat little boxes. “I have discovered psychobilly and wow, is that a head trip! I’m also falling for electroswing, thanks to my fellow DJ G-Winz.” She also has discovered genres of blues she never knew existed – “Punk blues!” she exclaims with a huge smile on her face. “Is that too perfect or what??”
She can be heard at Marcel’s on Sunday evenings, spinning all kinds of blues genres – everything from a Canned Heat retrospective to boogie-woogie. And yes, a punk blues evening is in the works…!