Mark Hummel returns for yet another evening of always stunning, always entertaining, always diverse blues harmonica. This year’s “All Stars Of Blues Harmonica” Blowout features Magic Dick (original harp man from the J. Geils Band), Funk/jazz lead harp player Lee Oskar, and Jerry Portnoy (the Muddy Waters Blues Band and the Eric Clapton Band). Special guest guitarist Duke Robillard, founder of Roomful of Blues and a former member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, anchor the backup band.
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. Continuing annually for 28 years 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 Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal, 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, Billy Branch, Annie Raines, Aki Kumar, Andrew Alii, and Carlos Del Junco.