Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Feb. 2: Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowout at the Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 5:51 PM

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout, and to celebrate, the harp master is taking his much-loved annual harmonica showcase on the road. From way up in Chico to way down in Redondo Beach, Hummel tours for two weeks with a smattering of bluesy blowers to show off the rich, dirty texture of the instrument. While guests like James Cotton and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith fill out his residency at Yoshi’s in Oakland, his local Petaluma show scares up Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Rod Piazza, leader of the Mighty Flyers. There are years and years of harmonica wizardry on Hummel’s stage every year, and with Rusty Zinn and Andy Santana filling out the band, it’s gonna be a hell of a night. Opening the show are the Aces, who actually use Charlie Musselwhite’s old harmonica amplifier, on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Mystic Theatre. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 8pm. $25. 707.765.2121.Gabe Meline

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