What: Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout with Rod Piazza, Kim Wilson & Rusty Zinn
Where: SOhO Restaurant & Music Club
1221 State St #205 (upstairs)
Santa Barbara, Ca 93101
When: Thursday, February 4th 8:30pm
Admission: $23/$18 with dinner, all ages
Telephone: (805) 962-7776
Advance dinner tickets available at http://www.sohosb.com
The past decade has seen the emergence of young harmonica-led blues bands. In California, groups that draw their inspiration from the Chicago school but add elements of jump blues and rock ‘n’ roll into the mix have come up with an exciting new style of West Coast blues. In Oakland, the northern capital of California blues, resides the incredibly powerful harmonica player and vocalist Mark Hummel, leader of The Blues Survivors, who has been a major force in shaping and defining this musical genre.
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. While Mark is new to Electro Fi Records, his earlier albums, constant touring and appearances at the major blues festivals have firmly established his solid reputation around the US and Europe.
Since 1991 Mark 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. http://www.markhummel.com
Harmonica player, songwriter and singer Kim Wilson is as much a student and historian of classic blues as he is one of the U.S.’s top harmonica players. Aside from all this, he’s also an extremely hard worker and a major road hog, spending upwards of 200 nights a year on the road, playing festivals and clubs throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe with his own Kim Wilson band and leading the Fabulous
Although he’s long been known as the charismatic front-man for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Wilson’s solo albums — which feature bands of his own choosing for different tracks — is where the genius in his work shows through most clearly.
From his first recordings as a leader in 1967 fronting The Dirty Blues Band, through his multiple W.C. Handy Award winning with his current band The Mighty Flyers, to his countless appearances both live and on record with legendary blues figures, Piazza has set a standard for harmonica virtuosity that has established him as one of the most influential living blues harp players. He’s consistently surrounded himself with players who bring out the best he has to offer, and epitomize the very best in blues: fresh, swinging, tasteful, exciting and creative.
Rusty Zinn played guitar in Hummel’s band in the early 90s before being discovered by Fab TBird Kim Wilson on a Hummel gig. Since then, Zinn has become not only a first rate guitar talent in blues and reggae but an incredible singer, with soul to spare. Rusty’s first two Black Top records, Alligator release, and Bad Daddy cd’s all garnered rave reviews worldwide. Zinn’s probably the classiest choice to back the Harmonica Masters on this tour, thanks to his vast knowledge & skill backing all the legends of the harmonica over his career, from names like Snooky Pryor, Charlie Musselwhite to James Cotton.
SOhO…quality live music… intimate club setting.