Mark Hummel's Summer Folk Blues Series with Guy Davis, Barbara Dane, Lazy Lester, Joe Beard, HowellDevine, and Deep Basement Shakers

Mark Hummel's Summer Folk Blues Series with Guy Davis, Barbara Dane, Lazy Lester, Joe Beard, HowellDevine, and Deep Basement Shakers

Saturday, June 16th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$40 ADV / $44 DOOR (plus fees)

  • All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

Mark Hummel's Summer Folk Blues Series
Mark Hummel has put together an acoustic show for the summer of 2018 starting in June called Mark Hummel's Summer Sessions. We are looking forward to sharing this exciting collection of artistic talent with your audience that includes Guy Davis, Joe Beard, Barbara Dane, Howell Devine and Mark Hummel and Deep Basement Shakers. The artists will each play individually and collectively in exciting acoustic and light electric excursions into their individual and combined catalogues of traditional and contemporary songs. It is a very special show with very talented musicians.
Guy Davis
Guy Davis
Whether Guy Davis is appearing on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" or nationally syndicated radio programs such as Garrison Keillor's, "A Prairie Home Campanion", "Mountain Stage" or David Dye's,"World Café"., in front of 15,000 people on the Main Stage of a major festival, or teaching an intimate gathering of students at a Music Camp, Guy feels the instinctive desire to give each listener his 'all'.

His 'all' is the Blues.

The routes, and roots, of his blues are as diverse as the music form itself. It can be soulful, moaning out a people's cry, or playful and bouncy as a hay-ride.

Guy can tell you stories of his great-grandparents and his grandparents, they're days as track linemen, and of their interactions with the infamous KKK. He can also tell you that as a child raised in middle-class New York suburbs, the only cotton he's picked is his underwear up off the floor.

He's a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. The blues permeates every corner of Davis' creativity.
Barbara Dane
Barbara Dane
Barbara Dane was a rising star in the late 1950s, performing and recording with many of the greats of jazz and blues including Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines and Jack Teagarden. She counted Langston Hughes and Lenny Bruce among her fans and was the first white woman to grace the cover of Ebony Magazine. An activist since her teens in Detroit, she was outspoken in her views on race and social justice and was unwilling to make the kind of compromises demanded by the music business of the day.

Inspired by the intensification of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and the growing opposition to the Vietnam War, Dane turned away from the lure of fame and celebrity, striking out on her own path and dedicating her life to singing for peace and social justice. She shared the stage with Seeger, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs and Reverend Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick at numerous massive peace rallies in Washington D.C. and was acclaimed as “the voice of the other America” by European audiences, a symbol of opposition to the Vietnam War. In 1966, Barbara became the first American musician to tour post-revolutionary Cuba, and in the early 1970s, she founded the groundbreaking Paredon Records (now part of the Smithsonian Folkways collection) with longtime partner Irwin Silber, documenting the music of the 1970s resistance and national liberation movements worldwide. Praised as a “People’s Singer,” Dane has long been “a versatile voice with a political purpose” (NPR) and remains a “symbol of resistance” even into the 21st century.

“I hope my abiding love for our benighted country is apparent,” says Barbara, “along with my steadfast support of the people who suffer and struggle every day to keep it going. I hope you notice that it is possible to speak your mind to the world and still survive. Looking back over all these years of raising my voice, raising my children, raising some eyebrows, and raising hell wherever possible, I can assure you that although things look terrible right now, things do get better, sometimes even better than you can imagine! It will take time, and it surely will take plenty of struggle. But I promise you, the human race is moving in an upward spiral, not running around in circles or caught in a maze. Look up and keep pushing toward the sun of science and the stars of justice. You have only one life, so make it count!”
Lazy Lester
Lazy Lester
American blues harmonica player and musician.

b. June 20, 1933 (Torras, LA, USA)
Joe Beard
Joe Beard
Joe Beard (February 4, 1938, Ashland, Mississippi) is an American blues and rhythm & blues musician.

He was surrounded by aspiring and veteran blues musicians. Matt "Guitar" Murphy and his brother Floyd Murphy were Beard's childhood buddies and the ones who initially got him started on guitar. Beard moved to Rochester, New York, in the mid-1950's and befriended Son House, who happened to live just around the corner. From time to time would visit one of his brothers in Chicago. He became enamored with the blues being played there and eventually sat in both with John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters. In Rochester, he formed the Soul Brothers Six, playing bass and singing. He wouldn't perform in public on guitar until 1965. For most of the '60s on through the '80s, Beard worked as an electrician by day and would occasionally play out at night and on weekends. He long ago gained a reputation as one of the best local players around Rochester and has sporadically been counted as one of the best nationally.
HowellDevine
HowellDevine
HowellDevine, became the first blues band Arhoolie Records (Fred McDowell, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton) signed in 27 years. Triple threat talent Joshua Howell (slide guitars, harmonica, voice) and percussion savant Pete Devine (drums, washboard) plus snappy doghouse bassist Joe Kyle Jr. deftly mix sinuous Delta/country blues with wildly syncopated rhythms to create a rollicking present day sound from the past. HowellDevine breaks from the norm, providing rich and complex textures integral to the music rather than simple backing for a soloist. The result is a sound which stands in stark contrast to the typical blues heard in bars these days and would more likely be shaking the floors of a Southern juke joint some 70 years ago.
Deep Basement Shakers
Deep Basement Shakers
Mark Hummel and Deep Basement Shakers have joined each other for a creative pairing that has been entertaining audiences recently. A streamed down trio that encapsulates the blues and Americana genre with energy and honoring of their complementary styles. We are looking to book the group and have room for shows in clubs, performing art centers and festivals in 2018.

Grammy nominated, two time Blues Award winner, harmonica master, blues singer, band leader, author, entrepreneur Mark Hummel has been active since the early 1970's when he moved to Berkeley from Los Angeles. Hummel has over 30 CDs to his credit and is the creator of the Blues Harmonica Blowouts that he started in 1991. Hummel's master of the blues genre, mixed with a deep knowledge of where the musical origins derive, is rare in this idiom. Mark has recorded and toured with Snooky Powell, James Cotton, Lowell Fulsom, Eddie Taylor, Brownie McGhee, Billy Boy Arnold, Barbara Dane, Jimmy Rodgers, Charlie Musselwhite, Jason Ricci, Huey Lewis, Lazy Lester, Kim Wilson, John Mayall, Curtis Salgado, Charles Brown, Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and Anson Funderburgh.

Specializing in primal, joint-rockin' barrel house blues n' boogie, the Deep Basement Shakers are an East Bay Duo with a stripped down but powerful sound featuring Aaron Hammerman on piano and guitar and local legend Dave Eagle on percussion, washboard/spoons/train whistles/animal calls/etc. Known for their floor stomping appearance around the Bay Area and beyond the Shakers bring to life good-time, steady rollin' grooves from the deep musical traditions of bygone years of American roots music.