Woman Elevates Boogie Woogie to New Heights, Electrifying the Audience at Blues Festival

Byvu lita

Jan 31, 2024

There are gifted actors in the world, as well as exceptional musicians. Possessing either skill must be wonderful, but there are also those who have been lucky enough to be blessed with both. Don’t you envy them? Meet Doña Oxford, one of these amazing individuals.

A video of Doña performing at the Riverfront Blues Festival in 2013 has been viewed 12.8 million times on YouTube. In it, Doña performs one of the most fun genres of music, boogie-woogie. When the video begins, Doña asks if she can play for them, and the crowd’s cheers are an emphatic yes.

She then tells them she’s going to teach them about what boogie-woogie is, and with the gauntlet thrown, Doña begins to play. She’s truly exceptional. It’s not just her skill on the keyboard, although it is pretty impressive. It’s also her sass; she just oozes attitude, and it’s so much fun! She nods her head, moves her body to the beat, and punctuates the music with her hips. It’s a great show to watch.

As the song continues, she riffs with the crowd. At one point, she tells them she’s going to play with one hand tied behind her back and just play the boogie. She kills it and quips that the bass player can go home now. He laughingly pretends to walk offstage. Doña then explains that the boogie is nothing without the boogie and adds the right hand again. For the rest of the video, the tempo increases until her hands are a blur. Naturally, she gets a huge cheer at the end of her performance.

So, who is this incredibly talented lady? Doña’s date of birth isn’t known, but the circumstances show she was in a big ol’ hurry to arrive. Her mother gave birth in the backseat of an old Chevrolet in the parking lot of the hospital on New York’s Upper West Side. Her father was a musician, a trumpeter, and an episcopal priest. Sadly, he died when Doña was only fifteen months old.

Music also runs in her blood on her mom’s side; she was a cabaret singer. Her mom wanted to expose Doña to as many different types of music as possible and took her to everything from punk rock to Tom Jones concerts. The love of music seems to have taken root. Doña was given a toy piano as a gift, and this spurred her to get lessons.

She was only seven when she started performing in public and began classical training. She also branched out into singing and acting, with a particular love for musical theatre. At the age of seventeen, she enrolled at the Tisch School of Arts in New York. Throughout her time there, she performed at open mic nights and at regional and off-Broadway plays.

Since then, Doña has forged a successful career as an actress, musician, screenwriter, and composer. It’s no surprise her net worth is estimated at 1.3 million dollars. Once you’ve enjoyed the boogie-woogie video, check out another great performance at Witzend.

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