Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowout™

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Harmonica Blowouts Canceled Due To Covid

Out of an abundance of caution during this time of elevated COVID numbers, the Harmonica Blowouts have been CANCELED.  We hope to reschedule either in the Fall or early 2023. 

Please contact the venue regarding ticket refunds.

Cool t-shirts intended for the event are available to purchase.  Sure to be a collectors item!

Mark Hummel's 30th Annual Blues Harmonica Blowout Tshirt
  • Mark Hummel's 30th Annual Blues Harmonica Blowout Tshirt
  • Mark Hummel's 30th Annual Blues Harmonica Blowout Tshirt

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Mark Hummels' 30th Annual Blues Harmonica Blowout from January has been postponed. However, you can still order this collectable t-shirt. The drawing of Big Walter Horton was done by the talented blues guitarist, Franck Goldwasser.

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Blues For Big Walter: CD
  • Blues For Big Walter: CD
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A stellar line up of renowned blues harmonica disciples play homage to a pioneer of Chicago Blues Harmonica. Tribute to blues harpist Big Walter Horton features Kim Wilson and Big Jon Atkinson, Mark Wenner, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, Bob Corritore with Jimmy Rogers and Robert Lockwood Jr, Mark Hummel, Steve Guyger, Lil Ronnie Owens, Kurt

A stellar line up of renowned blues harmonica disciples play homage to a pioneer of Chicago Blues Harmonica. Tribute to blues harpist Big Walter Horton features Kim Wilson and Big Jon Atkinson, Mark Wenner, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, Bob Corritore with Jimmy Rogers and Robert Lockwood Jr, Mark Hummel, Steve Guyger, Lil Ronnie Owens, Kurt Crandall and Andrew Alli.

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Harmonica Blowout History

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.  These shows were recorded for Mountain Top Records.  

Since then it’s become a who’s who of older and younger players, black, white, male and female, national and international.  From icons like Snooky Pryor, Carey Bell, James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, John Mayall, John Hammond, Little Sonny, Lazy Lester, Billy Boy Arnold, Sam Myers, Corky Siegel, Magic Dick, Huey Lewis, Lee Oscar, Jerry Portnoy, Howard Levy and Paul Oscher to younger players like Sugar Ray Norcia, Jason Ricci, Son Of Dave, Aki Kumar, Curtis Salgado, Kenny Neal, RJ Mischo, Sugar Blue, Annie Raines, Carlos Del Junco, just to name a few. 

The selection of guitarists has also been a stunner including Duke Robillard, Rusty Zinn, Bob Welsh, Little Charlie Baty, Anson Funderburgh, Jr. Watson, Billy Flynn, Steve Freund, Mike Keller and many more.  

In 2013 the tribute to Little Walter Blowout was recorded for a CD on Blind Pig Records called Remembering Little Walter.  This recording was nominated for a Grammy award and won two Blues Music Awards ( Album of the Year and Best Traditional Blues Recording). 

Year after year Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowout™ continues to play festivals nationally and internationally as well as sold out venues coast to coast.

MAGIC DICK is the original harp man from the J. Geils Band, whose many hits flooded the airwaves during the 1970s and 1980s. Chart-toppers like "FreezeFrame", "Centerfold", "First I Look At The Purse", "Must a Got Lost", "Give It To Me" and Magic Dick's own "Wammer Jammer" were in the Top Ten off and on for 20 years and made them one of the few top bands(other then WAR) that featured a harmonica prominently in the frontline. Dick went on to start "Bluestime" with J. Geils after the original band broke up, making two CDs for Rounder Records.
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