THIS IS MARK HUMMEL’S 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF THE BLUES HARMONICA BLOWOUTS, which has featured every known harp icon including Huey Lewis, John Mayall, James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Snooky Pryor, Lazy Lester, Carey Bell, Magic Dick, Lee Oskar, Paul DeLay, William Clarke, Paul Oscher, James Harman, Rod Piazza, Rick Estrin, Billy Branch, Howard Levy, Corky Siegel, Norton Buffalo, Elvin Bishop, John Hammond and many more. Mark has been playing and promoting Blues Harp for 50 years. Grammy Nominated two time Blues Award winner Hummel has recorded 30 CDs and LPs, his most recent being Mark Hummel’s East Bay Blues Vaults 1976-1988 on ElectroFi Records w/Brownie McGhee, Sonny Rhodes, JJ Malone, Cool Papa, Boogie Jake, Mississippi Johnny Waters and others-culled from rare 45s. New Yorker says” coming up in the 70s, Hummel knows a thing or two about how to please an audience, due to his showmanship over the years!”
DUKE ROBILLARD Born October 4,1948 is an American guitarist and singer. He founded the band Roomful of Blues in 1967 and was a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Although Robillard is best known as a rock and blues guitarist, he also plays jazz and swing. He played in bands as Mike 'Honey Bear' Robillard and worked for the Guild Guitar Company. He spent over a decade leading Roomful of Blues before departing and becoming guitarist and singer with Robert Gordon and later a member of the Legendary Blues Band. He started the Duke Robillard Band in 1981 eventually adopting the name Duke Robillard and the Pleasure Kings, with whom he toured throughout the 1980's and recorded for Rounder Records. Duke became a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1990. He formed a duo with Herb Ellis and the swing trio New Guitar Summit with Gerry Beaudoin and Jay Geils. He was briefly guitarist in 2013 touring with Bob Dylan for the Time Out of Mind album. Duke's newest release on Stony Plain is Blues Bash - Duke Robillard and Friends (both Mark Hummel and Bob Welsh appear).
KIM WILSON Rhapsody says "As front man for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Kim Wilson has proven to be a consummate performer and devoted blues lover. But it's in his solo work that he truly shines. A musician's musician, many consider Wilson to be one of the premier blues harmonica players in America. His style is grounded in the past -- as evidenced by the many classic blues and R&B tunes he covers -- but it's also uniquely his own. And his vocal style rivals -- or outshines -- any blues singer out there today: his tone is buttery and rich, slightly scarred, and never in a hurry. Raw and yet refined, this contemporary blues will make you be glad that you've got the blues." The Fabulous Thunderbirds w/Jimmy Vaughn, Kim, Fran Christina and Preston Hubbard had major three radio hits, Tough Enough, Wrap It Up and Powerful Stuff on movie soundtracks as well. Kim is considered by many the best traditional blues harp man of his generation, as he again won his second Blues Music Award for Best Blues Harmonica In 2021.
CURTIS SALGADO has been been perfecting his craft since he first began playing professionally in the late 1960s. He fronted his own group, The Nighthawks, inspired John Belushi to create The Blues Brothers, was co-star of The Robert Cray Band and sang and toured with Roomful Of Blues from 1984-86. He released his first of eleven solo albums in 1991, hitting the road hard year after year. Salgado and his band toured with The Steve Miller Band and Curtis spent a summer singing with Santana before being sidelined by serious health issues in 2006. He's battled all the way back, and, after a full and complete recovery, has been tearing up concert stages all over the world! Salgado’s newest Alligator release is getting rave reviews, Damage Control. Curtis won a Blues Music Award again for Entertainer of the Year in 2020.
Curtis Salgado’s range and power as a vocalist are a tour-de-force...hard-nosed blues, beautifully nuanced R&B, phat and funky” —Billboard
“Salgado inspires chills. Upbeat and original…poignant and wise with a great sense of humor” —Blues Music Magazine
SUGAR RAY NORCIA- Singer,harp man and three time Grammy Nominee Sugar Ray Norcia’s career kicked into high gear in 1979 when he formed the original Sugar Ray and the Bluetones with guitar giant Ronnie Earl and it has stayed there ever since.Norcia has received a total of twenty seven Blues Music Award Nominations including winning two Blues Music Awards in 2014 and has appeared on over sixty albums.In 2012 Ray was inducted into Rhode Island’s Music Hall of Fame.In 2016 Sugar Ray and his band The Bluetones released a CD called “Seeing Is Believing”. Sugar Ray was nominated for an unprecedented seven 2017 Blues Music Awards including Traditional Blues Male Artist and B.B. King Entertainer of the Year! In 2020 Sugar Ray and the Bluetones Featuring Little Charlie Baty recorded a new CD on Severn Records called “Too Far From The Bar”. This CD was nominated for five Blues Music Awards.In 2021 Sugar Ray and his band won the prestigious Blues Blast Music Award for Best Blues Band.
Anson Funderburgh is a long-time member of the Golden State - Lone Star Blues Revue guitarist born in 1954 in Plano, Texas where the youngster first picked up the guitar in high school and was hit by the blues bug through Jimmy Reed, and Lightnin' Hopkins. By 1978 he started Anson and the Rockets with vocalist/harmonica player Darrell Nulisch with the group being signed to Black Top Records a couple years later. In 1986 Nulisch was replaced by Blind Sam Myers who stayed with the group until his death in 2006. Anson and the Rockets went on to win ten Blues Music Awards (formerly known as the W.C. Handy Blues Awards) widely regarded as the highest honor for blues artists in the United States.
AKI KUMAR - Indian-born, San Jose based aka "The Only Bombay Blues Man," left his home in Mumbai with the intention of working as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. Then he discovered the blues, and his life dramatically changed. Singing and playing harmonica, he steeped himself in the music and became a fixture in the blues clubs throughout Northern California, where he developed a unique, audacious blend of Chicago-style blues which then led to playing retro Bollywood pop mixed with the blues. Aki recorded for Little Village Foundation and received major press and been featured in Variety, NPR plus played major festivals such as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, San Diego Blues Festival and the Waterfront Blues Festival. Aki performs worldwide now
Drummer and Rome , Georgia native Wes Starr has played with a who's who of famed musicians in Texas (Asleep at the Wheel, Anson Funderburgh and Sam, Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Omar and the Howlers and Sam Myers) after living in Austin for over 40 years.
Bob Welsh is the go to guy on guitar, piano and bass on the West Coast. Bob is a long time member of the Elvin Bishop Band and Big Fun Trio, Charlie Musselwhite, Rusty Zinn, Kim Wilson and Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowouts.
The Triple Door
216 Union Street - Seattle, WA 98101 Tickets: Online or (866) 973-9612
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