MARK HUMMEL, JAMES HARMAN, LEE OSKAR HARMONICA BLOWOUT!
Since 1991, Mark Hummel has been both producing & performing at his annual Blues Harmonica Blowout series. These shows have grown to be a much heralded event & continue to draw sellout crowds wherever they appear. The list of participants is a who's who of Blues harp history, James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Norton Buffalo, Kim Wilson, Huey Lewis, Carey Bell, Billy Boy Arnold, Rod Piazza, Rick Estrin, Paul deLay, Snooky Pryor, James Harman, Gary Primich, Sam Myers, Magic Dick in just the last three years of this 11 year event.
Tonight's event will feature not only Mark, but also harp legends James Harman and Lee Oskar. Each harp master will blow on their own and then together, in a one-upsmanship festival. Hence, the Blowout!
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. His albums, constant touring and appearances at the major blues festivals have firmly established his solid reputation around the US and Europe.
James Harman was born and raised in Anniston, Alabama where he quickly picked up on the black blues and soul music being played on the radio in the Deep South. In the early 60's, Harman started playing juke joints and dance clubs throughout the South and recorded several 45's for obscure labels. In 1968 Harman made the move to Southern California, where he eventually became freinds with Canned Heat, The Blasters, Hollywood Fats (who played in Harman's band for quite a spell) and many other famous west coast blues musicians. Harman's music can be heard on labels like Enigma, Rhino, Black Top and Cannonball. Harman is a one of a kind showman, vocalist and harp player not to mention a charismatic frontman.
Lee Oskar was a charter member of War in the late '60s, when the West Coast group first backed Eric Burdon and later went out on their own. Hits like "Lowrider", "World Is A Ghetto", "Spill The Wine", "Me And Baby Brother", and "Slippin Into Darkness" were huge records that got national airplay coast to coast and stayed high up in the charts for months. His extended wailing solos became a vital part of War's funk/rock/Latin sound in the '70s and '80s. Oskar's unique approach to harmonica has earned him the distinction of being voted 1976's Instrumentalist Of The Year in three major music publications, Billboard, Cashbox and Record World. He made two fusion albums as a leader in the '80s and though he remained a part of War, Oskar made his solo debut in 1976 and recorded several albums of solid pop-jazz, R&B, and fusion, among them 1978's fine Before the Rain and 1980's My Road, Our Road. Lee went on to start the Lee Oskar Harmonica company in 1983, which is second only to Hohner Harmonicas in popularity and sales.
The show starts at 9 PM and cover is $20 at the door.
For more artist information, visit www.markhummel.com and www.leeoskar.com and