Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout
30th annual Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout
2014 Grammy winning harp man CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE, winner of numerous Blues Music Awards, hails from Memphis by way of Mississippi. Charlie learned firsthand from blues greats in both Memphis and later Chicago in his younger years. Taught by Big Joe Williams, Big Walter Horton, Little Walter and Muddy Waters, Musselwhite was soon playing all over the Windy City. In the last 20 years, Musselwhite has become a major star in the blues-rock world, appearing at the White House for Obama’s Memphis Music Tribute, touring/recording w/Ben Harper, Blind Boys of Alabama, Cindi Lauper, INXS, Bonnie Raitt and many more. In 2014, Musselwhite’s CD with Ben Harper, “Get Up” won him his first Grammy after 19 nominations. Most recently Musselwhite appears in Martin Scorsese’s newest film along side Robert DeNiro!
BILLY BOY ARNOLD is a Chicago native who learned harmonica at the feet of John Lee” Sonny Boy” Williamson. Arnold’s first band was with Ellis McDaniel as he became Bo Diddley; he played harp on Bo’s first Chess record” I’m a Man”. Arnold signed with Vee Jay Records soon after to produce hits that groups in the UK picked up on, like The Yardbirds, David Bowie, Stones & later bands like Fabulous Thunderbirds & Blasters. Arnold is in the Blues Hall of Fame & a two time Grammy Nominee.
DUKE ROBILLARD 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 spent over a decade with Roomful of Blues before departing and becoming 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 1980s and recorded for Rounder Records. He became a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1990, then formed a duo with jazz guitarist Herb Ellis, and then a swing trio – New Guitar Summit – with Gerry Beaudoin and Jay Geils. In 2013, he was the guitarist for Bob Dylan’s tour as well as on the album Time Out Of Mind.
ANSON FUNDERBURGH hails from Plano,TX and was bit by the blues bug thru Jimmy Reed, B.B. King & Freddie King. He backed Lightnin’ Hopkins in the ’70s. By 1978 , he formed Anson & The Rockets w/vocalist & harp player Darrell Nulish, who were signed by Black Top Records a couple years later. The Rockets went on to win 10 Handy Awards (Blues Music Awards). After a brief hiatus, Funderburgh resumed performing four years ago with both the Rockets & Eric Lindell Band. Funderburgh has performed w/Boz Scaggs, Delbert McClinton, Snooks Eaglin, Grady Gaines, Earl King & Jimmy Buffett. Fun fact: Funderburgh is also the inspiration for Beavis (Beavis & Butthead — former bassist/cartoonist Mike Judge worked as a Rocket for three years)! “None of the younger crop of blues guitarist come close as Anson does to achieving the classic Stratocaster tone defined by Otis Rush in the ’50’s and Magic Sam in the ’60’s. The Rockets have landed and Anson is at the bridge.” (Guitar Player)
Harp Blowout Producer, Grammy nominee/Blues Award winner/author/harp man MARK HUMMEL started playing harmonica in 1970 and has gone on to become one of the premier blues harmonica players of his generation. Hummel’s been featured on over thirty recordings since 1985, including the Grammy nominated 2013 release Blind Pig recording “Remembering Little Walter”. “Mark Hummel came of age in the early ’70s, at the height of rock and roll, like many of his peers went and bought a harmonica and hasn’t stopped playing since. A specialist in West Coast Blues he’s a seasoned showman who knows more than a thing or two about how to please an audience.” (The New Yorker)
Hummel’s latest recording is Wayback Machine, ranked # 5 for 2020 in Roots Music Revue and #20 in Living Blues Mag for 2020.
Dynamic frontman & harp player AKI KUMAR is a rising star among the next generation of SF Bay Area blues artists. A master of the amplified Chicago blues sound, Kumar inherits his style from the harp legends of the 1950s and 60s. Aki has a unique voice in the blues, blending elements of blues harmonica pioneers of yesteryear with a signature sound of his own. Born and raised in Bombay, India, Kumar established his mark on the West Coast blues scene starting in 2009 as frontman of the SF Bay Area’s highly acclaimed blues outfit Tip of the Top. His latest venture, The Aki Kumar Bollywood Blues has become an international sensation. This involves several Bay Area blues luminaries Kid Anderson and Jim Pugh. It has been the culmination of his journey from Bollywood music to American roots music. Aki performs vintage blues with tremendous skill and energy and is guaranteed to entertain audiences across all venues, from intimate listening rooms to large festivals.