Mark Hummel is celebrating his 27th year of hosting his Harmonica Blowout concerts. Over the years, Hummel has brought together some of the world’s foremost harp players along with a terrific all-star backing band, and this year is no exception. He has added a little twist to the show this time, however. The focus will be on the blues of Chicago and will feature some of that city’s finest musicians alongside Mark’s own West Coast band and friends.
The line-up will team Mark with Chicago-based artists including legendary harmonica ace Billy Boy Arnold, guitarists John Primer and Billy Flynn, vocalist Dietra Farr and the Cash Box Kings’ leader and vocalist Oscar Wilson. Californian harmonica player RJ Mischo will join the cast and they’ll all be backed by regular Hummel Harmonica Blowout collaborators Bob Welsh on guitar and piano, June Core on drums and RW Grigsby on bass.
The Harmonica Blowout concert returns to Portland for another year at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, on Thursday, January 18 at 8:00 pm. Minors are welcome when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickers may be purchased In advance at albertarosetheatre.com for $32.00, or at the door day of show for $37.00.