MARK HUMMEL’S ULTIMATE HARMONICA BLOWOUT – Tickets – Yoshi’s Oakland – Oakland, CA – January 20th, 2017



Fri 1.20

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Yoshi's Oakland

Oakland, CA


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featuring Howard Levy, Jason Ricci, Corky Siegel, Duke Robillard & Canadian showstopper Son Of Dave 

Harp Blowout
Harp Blowout
Grammy nominee, two time BMA winner Harp Blower, band leader, author and 26 year organizer of Blues Harmonica Blowout Mark Hummel has assembled one of his most adventurous Harmonica Extraviganzas to date. Hummel has changed the title of this particular show due to the variety of the artists to the Ultimate Harmonica Blowout, as its wide ranging motif indicates with overblow guru Howard Levy (Bela Flek, Kenny Rankin), Duke Robillard (Roomful of Blues, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bob Dylan), Corky Seigel (Seigel- Schwall, Chamber Blues, Chicago Blues Reunion), Jason Ricci (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Johnny Winter-Grammy winning cd) plus show stopping Canadian harp genius Son of Dave (Crash Test Dummies).

This year's Blowout has RW Grigsby on bass, Wes Starr on drums and Chris Burns on keys. These players all have resumes that include Asleep At The Wheel, Maria Muldaur, Mose Allison, Carlene Carter, Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball, Jimmy Vaughn, James Cotton, CA Honeydrops, Golden State/ Lone Star, Kim Wilson and many more.

This series was started in 1991 and has grown to become an international event, having played festivals and theatres like Nottonden Blues Fest (Norway), San Francisco Blues Fest., Chicago Blues Fest., Ultimate Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Pocanos Blues Fest., Mississippi Valley Blues Fest., American Music Fest (Fitzgeralds), BB King's (NYC), Heritage Blues Fest., NY R & B Fest., King Biscuit Blues Fest., El Dorado Blues and Brews (Reno, NV), Edmonton Blues Fest., Yoshi's NiteClub, Monterey Jazz Fest., North Atlantic Blues Fest., and many other venues that have been sell-out shows.

CORKY SIEGEL is known internationally as one of the worlds great blues harmonica players, blues pianist, singer, songwriter, author and celebrated composer of blues- classical forms. He is a recent winner of the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest/ Meet the Composer's national award for chamber music composition and the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award for Music Composition, Chicago Lifetime Achieve-ment Award, and inductee into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame.

Born Mark Paul Siegel in Chicago in 1943, Corky’s professional music career began when he founded the now legendary Siegel-Schwall Band in Chicago in 1964 with guitarist Jim Schwall. The group was a major component of the young generation of white blues artists—also including Paul Butterfield, Charlie Musselwhite, Harvey Mandel, Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenites and Michael Bloomfield—who learned the historic Chicago blues style at the feet and hands of such towering figures as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy and Sam Lay.

Corky played with all these greats at Siegel-Schwall’s first steady engagement, in 1965 at Peppers, Chicago’s internationallyrenowned blues club. They were soon signed to Vanguard Records, with blues luminary Samuel Charters producing. Their first album, The Siegel-Schwall Band, was released in 1966, and with it the group made San Francisco a virtual second home: There the likes of Janis Joplin, Santana, Steve Miller and Joni Mitchell opened for them (Siegel-Schwall actually produced Mitchell’s demo tape); the band would record three more classic albums for Vanguard up through 1970, then five for Wooden Nickel/RCA through 1974.

After releasing three solo albums, Corky founded Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, featuring himself on harmonica, piano and vocals, the West End String Quartet of topflight Chicago classical string players, and Frank Donaldson on world percussion instruments. The novel ensemble performed Siegel’s pioneering blues/classical music compositions and released its first album, Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, on Chicago’s famed blues label Alligator Records in 1994. The album gained rave notices from publications like Billboard and Stereophile, and has been followed by two more albums.

Additionally, Corky has written and performed works for the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago (most recently Blues for a Green Planet-Opus 10) and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. He composed Continuum with renowned choreographers Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis, and his music has also been choreographed and performed by five international ballet companies and has been used for numerous motion pictures and national TV specials, as well as the Olympic men’s figure skating competition and the World Championship skating competition featuring Olympic gold medalists Torvill and Dean. His recent commission from the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, The Symphonic Blues Suite, has already been performed many times around the world.

HOWARD LEVY is a multiple Grammy- Award Winner and an acknowledged master of the diatonic harmonica, a superb pianist, innovative composer, recording artist, bandleader, teacher, producer, and Chicago area resident. His musical travels have taken him all over the geographical world and the musical map. Equally at home in Jazz, Classical music, Rock, Folk, Latin, and World Music, he brings a fresh lyrical approach to whatever he plays. This has made him a favorite with audiences worldwide, and a recording artist sought after by the likes of Kenny Loggins, Dolly Parton, Paquito D’Rivera, Styx, Donald Fagen, and Paul Simon. As a sideman, Howard has appeared on hundreds of CDs and played on many movie soundtracks.

He is perhaps best known for the four CD’s he recorded with Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, a unique band that set the musical world on its ear back in the early 1990’s. He got back together with the band in 2010 and recorded the CD Rocket Science. They toured extensively in 2011-2012, and Howard won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for “Life in Eleven”, which he wrote with Bela Fleck.

Howard’s other prominent collaborations include three CDs with Trio Globo (Glen Velez and Eugene Friesen), two with Lebanese Oud player/composer Rabih Abou Khalil, and one with the avant- garde Jazz Riessler/Levy/Matinier Trio.

Howard is music director and chief composer for the Latin/ Jazz group Chévere de Chicago. He produced and released the band’s CD Secret Dream, and Time Capsules with his acoustic swing group Acoustic Express, on his own label, BalkanSambaRecords. HissoloJazzCD,AloneandTogether on Balkan Samba, and his Jazz trio CD Tonight and Tomorrow on the Chicago Sessions label, both received 4-star reviews in DownBeat.

In 2011 Howard also released a classical CD featuring his “Concerto for Diatonic Harmonica and Orchestra,” the first concerto ever composed for the diatonic harmonica. He has performed the piece more than 20 times in the US and Europe. He also has an online harmonica school,

Howard’s harmonica playing was featured on the soundtracks of A Family Thing, Striptease, A Time to Kill, Straight Talk, and Vietnam, A Long Time Coming. In the dance world, Howard collaborated with Indian dancer Ranee Ramaswamy in Where the Hands Go, The Eyes Follow, a fusion of photography, poetry, dance, and music, all live, with poets Robert Bligh and Coleman Barks. In 2004 he performed with members of The Hubbard St. and Joffrey dance companies in Moody Hollow, choreographed by Lauri Stallings. In theater, he won a Joseph Jefferson Award for his music for Brecht’s Puntila and his Hired Man (1986). In 1997 he co-wrote the music for Tales From Trashmania, a one woman show by Bonnie Koloc.

JASON RICCI (Story of a Mooncat) is one of the most popular harmonica players on the planet today. Listed in almost every top ten list of players on the internet today Jason Ricci is a polarizing force always in the spotlight and on the tips of critics, artists and fans tongue’s everywhere. Through two plus decades of endless touring, TV appearances, recordings and the internet Jason Ricci’s style of playing is so revolutionary and influential that there exists an entire younger generation of players imitating his music, clothes, gear, and even stage presence. Nicknamed “Moon Cat” (a street name he once used in Nashville and New Orleans to avoid police detection), Jason has been an almost constant force for decades in the studio, festivals, club dates and press. Love him or hate him, through performing, singing, song writing, teaching, harmonica playing and activism in the fields of L.G.B.T., mental health and addiction, it is not an overstatement that this young, white, queer, skateboarding, punk rock loving, multiple convicted felony having Moon Cat from Maine is currently changing the world through music and education.

Jason was a featured performer on Johnny Winter’s Grammy Award-winning CD Step Back (2014). He has received multiple Blues Music Award Nominations 2009 – 2016, and won a Blues Music Award in 2010. Jason was a featured performer at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Zac Brown andTom Morello for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band induction in 2015. He has worked and/or recorded with Junior Kimbrough, RL Burnside, Nick Curran, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, Cedric Burnside, Joe Louis Walker, Peter Karp, Sue Foley, and many others.

MARK HUMMEL Grammy nominee, Blues Award winner, Author, Harp Man has received Blues Music Award nominations for the second year in a row as 2015 Best instrumentalist – Harmonica and 2015 Best Traditional Blues Album – The Hustle is Really On. Last year he was Grammy Nominated for his Remembering Little Walter CD he produced and performed on. Mark also won Best Blues CD AND Blues Traditional Blues CD at the BMA in Memphis. Mark's The Hustle Is Really On climbed to # 2 this year and stayed in the top five for four months in the Living Blues Radio Charts. Hummel's book BIG ROAD BLUES: 12 Bars on I-80, has been garnering rave reviews all around the U.S., and was nominated for best Independent Book release.

Mark Hummel started playing harmonica in 1970 and has gone on to become one of the premier blues harmonica players of his generation. Thanks to over thirty recordings since 1985, including the Grammy nominated 2013 release Blind Pig recording Remembering Little Walter, part of the Blues Harmonica Blowout CD series Hummel started in 1991. These events have featured every major legend (Mayall, Musslwhite, Cotton, etc.) on blues harp as well as almost every player of note on the instrument- a who's who of players.

Mark Hummel is a road warrior - a true Blues Survivor. Along the way, he has crafted his own trademark harmonica sound - a subtle combination of tone, phrasing and attack combined with a strong sense of swing. Mark has been with Electro Fi Records since 2000, releasing five CDs. Thanks to Mark's earlier albums, constant touring and appearances at the major blues festivals, he's firmly established his solid reputation around the US and Europe.

Hummel was born in New Haven, CT but raised in Los Angeles till he graduated high school. Mark moved to the Berkeley at age 18 to pursue a career in blues music, where he felt the music was taken more seriously.

Mark started the Blues Survivors in 1977 w/ Mississippi Johnny Waters. By 1984 Hummel began a life of non-stop touring of US, Canada and overseas, which he still continues at least 130-150 days out of each year. Hummel has toured or recorded with blues legends Charles Brown, Charlie Musselwhite, Lowell Fulson, Billy Boy Arnold, Carey Bell, Lazy Lester, Brownie McGhee, Eddie Taylor, Luther Tucker and Jimmy Rogers.

Hummel penned a memoir in 2012 for Mountain Top Publishing, BIG ROAD BLUES: Twelve Bar On I-80, to which Huey Lewis says "This book should be required reading for ANY aspiring blues musician, LOVED it!" The memoir has been heralded in Blues Revue, Living Blues plus many blues publications coast to coast.

Besides the Blowouts Hummel has continued the Blues Survivors. His band for the last four years has been Golden State/Lone Star Blues Revue which released a new CD in March that features both the Sacramento bass player RW Grigsby and Austin drummer Wes Starr (both on this show), plus guitarists Anson Funderburgh ( Dallas) and Little Charlie Baty (Sacramento) on guitars. The group is a mix of CA/TX musicains, hence the name. Mark has had three Blues Award nominations for best Blues Harmonica (2007, 2008 & 2009) plus the Little Walter CD has garnered two nominations in 2014 for Best CD and Best Traditional CD.

SON OF DAVE isn't you're average blues musician. He's an international cult Bluesman on a mission to save your musical soul from atrophy. It would be an easy game, sticking to cliché’s and playing a circuit of guitar- solo lovin', middle-aged divorcees. No disrespect to the working man's blues circuit, but this one-man harmonica & beat-box genius beats his own path, turning rhythm and blues upside down and gathering a huge international army of devoted fans from all walks of life.

Besides the outstanding live show and recordings, he's known for his columns in music magazines (a book was made of them), his banter with an audience and 45rpm radio show on Soho Radio, London. His albums are treasures, and his songs have been used as soundtrack to Breaking Bad, a Robin Williams lm, huge brand campaigns and in upcoming rst episode of The Preacher on AMC.

Son of Dave – born Benjamin Darvill – is half a century old now, and started out in the blues and biker bars of Canadian mid-western city Winnipeg. Winnipeg was home to Grammy- nominated Crash Test Dummies, in which Son of Dave was a member as a young man. But keeping his roots in R&B, S.o.D has since released seven albums of his own, and performed over a thousand concerts on seven continents.

It takes some kind of genius with just harmonica, beatbox, percussion and a loopstation to get on Later With Jools Holland (U.K.) and Taratata (France) as well as being invited to support artists as diverse as Iggy and The Stooges, Grace Jones, Heavy Trash, UB40, Supergrass and the Yardbirds. In the UK, where Son of Dave has based himself for 20 years, his last Blues at the Grand LP release resulted in two headline tours back in 2014, followed by standout summer performances at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown and Love Supreme, amongst others. These last years have also seen him take the show around Europe, performing to bikers at the Harley Davidson Rally in Austria as well as wowing audiences in France, Italy, Poland, Netherlands and Finland.

Last year also saw the launch of a new series of "Filthy 45's" where Son of Dave took on some classic (and not so classic) tunes, giving them his own unmistakable mistreatment. Already known for his renditions of "Bonkers" - Dizzie Rascal, "Black Betty" - Ram Jam, "Bom Bom" - Sam and the Womp and many more, he decided to bow to public demand and crank out more crowd pleasers on limited edition seven inch vinyl. Not content with just that though, he now bows even lower to popular demand and is extending his series into an album of hit covers, due for release in 2016.

With a CV as long as your arm and a briefcase full of naughty tricks, the master will not only be recording a new album of original tunes, but is on the road again in 2016 and still hasn't reached top speed. He's a long distance Bluesman, not a quick burner. He'll still be going strong through his next fifty years no doubt. It's YOU that has to catch him before sinking into your old age.

DUKE ROBILLARD Since starting his musical career in 1967 by founding and fronting Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard has been at the forefront of Blues, Swing and classic R&B/Jump blues for over 40 years earning him his legendary status while influencing and inspiring countless legions of musicians and fans worldwide.
He has been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for traditional blues album of the year in 2007/2010 and named Blues Music Awards Traditional male Blues Artist of the Year in 2010.

Duke has won the Blues Music Award for guitarist of the year 5 times, being the second most honored for that award and has garnered no less than 21 BMA nominations in various categories since 1989.

He was honored with a Blues Foundation “Keeping the Blues Alive” award for producer of the year in 2004. Besides winning numerous international awards from France and Canada, Duke received the prestigious Rhode Island Pell Award for “Excellence in the Arts” in 2007.

Leading his own group Duke has toured non-stop for
the past 30 some years recording more than 20 critically acclaimed CDs under his own name. He has toured as guitarist with Tom Waits and the Fabulous Thunderbirds
and Recorded with the likes of Bob Dylan, Ruth Brown, Jay McShann, Pinetop Perkins, Kim Wilson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Rosco Gordon, Maria Muldaur and many, more.
Duke and his band were nominated for band of the year in 2010 He was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in May of 2014.

Duke’s new CD for Stony Plain Records in 2015, titled The Acoustic Blues and Roots of Duke Robillard is the “Acoustic Blues Album of the Year” for the 2016 Blues Music Awards and #45 of the 50 best blues albums of 2015 by Living Blues Magazine.
Venue Information:
Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA, 94607