Ma Bessie and her Blues Troupe

Wednesday 15 September 2021

Nicknamed the ‘Empress of the Blues’, Bessie Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s.


Ma Bessie and her Blues Troupe perform to a narrated show, featuring music from the period and showcasing many of Bessie’s songs.

The show chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, right through to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 that ended her life at the age of 43.

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