|Mark Hummel’s 30th Annual Blues Harmonica Blowout Jan 7-16, 2022|
Mark Hummel’s 30th Annual Blues Harmonica Blowout will be a “Tribute to Big Walter “Shakey” Horton,” one of Hummel’s earliest harp idols. The blowout features multi-award-winning artists including Mark Hummel, Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds), Curtis Salgado, Sugar Ray Norcia, Aki Kumar, Duke Robillard – guitar (Roomful of Blues, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bob Dylan), Anson Funderburgh – guitar, Bob Stroger – bass, Wes Starr – drums, and Bob Welsh – keyboards/guitar.
This lucky-7-stop January 2022 West Coast extravaganza will include performances at Berkeley, California’s Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse Jan 7th-8th (8pm), Eugene, Oregon’s The Shedd Institute Jan 10th (7:30pm), Seattle, Washington’s Triple Door Jan 11th (7:30pm) and Jan 12th (6pm), Yakima, Washington’s The Season’s Performance Hall Jan 13th (7:30pm), Bend, Oregon’s Tower Theater Jan 14th (7:30pm), and Redding, California’s Cascade Theater Jan 15th (7:30pm). The anniversary tour will culminate on Sunday Jan 16th (4pm) at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz. Tickets for these events can be found here.
Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout™ started on a Sunday night in 1991 at Ashkenaz in Berkeley with four harmonica players – Rick Estrin, Mark, Dave Earl and Doug Jay. Each player performed a twenty to thirty-minute set and everyone jammed together with Hummel’s Blues Survivors as backup. Over the next five years it grew to become a multi venue event around California and included bigger names like William Clarke, Norton Buffalo and Paul DeLay. By the year 2000 the Blowout was headlining Yoshi’s in Oakland as a four-night show with Rod Piazza, Kim Wilson, Rick Estrin, James Harman and Billy Branch. Since then, it’s become a who’s who of older and younger players, black, white, male and female, national and international. …Catch the 30th celebration!