Mark Hummel's Southern Blues Harp Blowout w/Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal, James Harman, Johnny Sansone, Golden State Lone Star w/Anson Funderburgh (1/18/19)

Mark Hummel's Southern Blues Harp Blowout w/Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal, James Harman, Johnny Sansone, Golden State Lone Star w/Anson Funderburgh (1/18/19)

Mark Hummel, Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal, James Harman, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, Golden State Lone Star w/Anson Funderburgh

Friday, January 18th

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

$30 ADV / $34 DOOR (plus fees)

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

Mark Hummel's Southern Blues Harp Blowout
Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout™ started on a Sunday night in 1991 at Ashkenaz in Berkeley.  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.  
Since then it’s become a who’s who of older and younger players, black, white, male and female, national and international.  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.
Mark Hummel
Mark Hummel
Grammy nominee, Two time Blues Music Award winner Mark Hummel has been playing harp since 1972, recorded over 25 records, plus touring since 1984 all over the world. Hummel wrote a book "Big Road Blues:12 Bars on I-80" in 2008 about his exploits. Hummel has been organizing the Blowouts since 1991, featuring a who's who of famed players. Bob Welsh( Elvin Bishop) will play guitar/piano. June Core( Charlie Musselwhite) on drums & RW Grigsby is playing bass.
Bobby Rush
Bobby Rush
Bobby Rush...2017 GRAMMY winning blues legend, Blues Hall of Famer, 12x Blues Music Award winner, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, and Rolling Stone magazine named King of the Chitlin’ Circuit

Naming your album after a song entitled “Porcupine Meat” may seem a little unusual unless you’re Bobby Rush, who earned his first gold record in 1971 with a hit entitled “Chicken Heads.” He elaborates on his recent composition: “If a lady won’t treat me right, but she doesn’t want anyone else to have me, that is hard to digest.” Hence the lyric, “too fat to eat, too lean to throw away.” Porcupine Meat is Rush’s debut release for Rounder Records, and one of the best recordings of his astonishing 60-plus year career. Released in late 2016 the album went on to garner a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album after a debut at #1 on the Living Blues radio chart and on Billboard Blues.

Rush estimates that he has cut over 370 songs since he first began making music. He has been honored with four total Grammy nominations, as well as 46 nominations and 12 awards from the Blues Foundation, and a 2006 induction into the Blues Hall of Fame.
Kenny Neal
Kenny Neal
If you want to experience the "Real Deal", take time out to find Kenny Neal. One of the strongest modern proponents of Baton Rouge swamp blues, Kenny Neal is a second-generation southern Louisiana bluesman who is cognizant of the region's venerable blues tradition and imaginative enough to steer it in fresh directions. Neal was born on October 14, 1957 in New Orleans. His dad, harpist Raful Neal, was a Baton Rouge blues mainstay whose pals included Buddy Guy and Slim Harpo (the latter gave three-year-old Kenny his first harmonica).
James Harman
James Harman
JAMES HARMAN was born and raised in Anniston, Alabama-quickly picked up on the black blues and soul music being played on juke boxes and the radio. He sang in the church choir until age 16 when his family moved to Panama City Florida, where he found himself surrounded by like-minded blues lovers. Wearing a fake moustache, young James slipped into a still segregated black nightclub to see Little Junior Parker’s show. He was totally overtaken by the blues and soon became a regular, known as “That boy who sings like a man” by patrons.
Jumpin' Johnny Sansone
Jumpin' Johnny Sansone
Johnny Sansone started out early playing music. His father, a saxophonist who’d been in Dave Brubeck’s band during World War II, introduced him to the saxophone at age 8. Johnny picked up the guitar and harmonica by the time he was 10, and had a life changing experience at 12 when he saw a Howlin’ Wolf show in Florida. That was the moment the young Sansone knew he was destined to play the blues as his lifetime vocation. He sat in with Honeyboy Edwards at 13. During the 1970s Sansone studied with blues harmonica legends James Cotton and Jr. Wells. In the 1980s he toured with Ronnie Earl, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Rodgers and Robert Lockwood Jr.

Johnny Sansone continues to be recognized by The Blues Foundation in numerous categories for his outstanding talent.

He's been nominated at the 2012 BLUES MUSIC AWARDS:
- Song of the Year: The Lord is Waiting (winner)
- Contemporary Blues Male Artist
- Contemporary Blues Album
- Album of the Year

Nominated in 2013 for Song of the Year:
The Night the Pie Factory Burned Down and Best Contemporary Blues Artist.

Nominated for 2013 Offbeat BEST OF THE BEAT Awards:
Best Harmonica Player, Best Blues Artist, Best Blues Release for the album Once It Gets Started, and Song of the Year for The Night the Pie Factory Burned Down.
Golden State Lone Star w/Anson Funderburgh
Golden State Lone Star w/Anson Funderburgh
Golden State Lone Star is:

TX Guitarist Anson Funderburgh,
CA Harp & Vocalist Mark Hummel,
TX Guitarist Mike Keller,
TX Drummer Wes Starr
& CA Bassist RW Grigsby