Pat Rice, better known to most in the Cincinnati music scene as Punk Rock Grandma, has died.
She was a superfan in her 70s who probably attended more music events than just about anyone and was beloved by bands and everyone in the music scene.
In a 2010 story, Music Editor Mike Breen wrote, "Rice is the kind of supporter every true artist craves — she may not have disposable income and can’t make you a star, but if she likes you she’ll be at every show, offering encouraging words and a warm hug, and not just socializing or 'making the scene.' Seeing Pat at your shows probably feels better than getting a glowing CityBeat review."
Website Cincy Music announced her death on their Facebook page.
No cause of death was given.
Many in the scene have been posting memories about her as well.
Dan McCabe of MOTR Pub and Woodward Theater posted this:
Musician Wonky Tonk posted to Facebook, "Pat, you are what makes music real.You are already missed; please have a good ole time with folks like Johnny up there. Plenty of tunes now in heaven as well."
Local musician Chris Grannen of The Pinstripes captured the essence of Rice’s unwavering dedication in his excellent documentary film, A Queen City Girl: The Pat Rice Story, originally a school project that you can watch below.