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|Mark Hummel's 30th Annual Blues Harmonica Blowout Jan 7-16, 2022|
|Mark Hummel's 30th Annual Blues Harmonica Blowout will be a “Tribute to Big Walter "Shakey” Horton,” one of Hummel’s earliest harp idols. The blowout features multi-award-winning artists including Mark Hummel, Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds), Curtis Salgado, Sugar Ray Norcia, Aki Kumar, Duke Robillard - guitar (Roomful of Blues, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bob Dylan), Anson Funderburgh - guitar, Bob Stroger - bass, Wes Starr - drums, and Bob Welsh - keyboards/guitar.|
This lucky-7-stop January 2022 West Coast extravaganza will include performances at Berkeley, California’s Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse Jan 7th-8th (8pm), Eugene, Oregon’s The Shedd Institute Jan 10th (7:30pm), Seattle, Washington’s Triple Door Jan 11th (7:30pm) and Jan 12th (6pm), Yakima, Washington’s The Season’s Performance Hall Jan 13th (7:30pm), Bend, Oregon’s Tower Theater Jan 14th (7:30pm), and Redding, California’s Cascade Theater Jan 15th (7:30pm). The anniversary tour will culminate on Sunday Jan 16th (4pm) at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz. Tickets for these events can be found here.
Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout™ started on a Sunday night in 1991 at Ashkenaz in Berkeley with four harmonica players - Rick Estrin, Mark, Dave Earl and Doug Jay. Each player performed a twenty to thirty-minute set and everyone jammed together with Hummel’s Blues Survivors as backup. Over the next five years it grew to become a multi venue event around California and included bigger names like William Clarke, Norton Buffalo and Paul DeLay. By the year 2000 the Blowout was headlining Yoshi's in Oakland as a four-night show with Rod Piazza, Kim Wilson, Rick Estrin, James Harman and Billy Branch. Since then, it’s become a who’s who of older and younger players, black, white, male and female, national and international. ...Catch the 30th celebration!
|Ice, Wine, Beer and Blues Fest features Matt Schofield|
(MARSHALL, MI) - The Ice, Wine, Beer and Blues Fest returns to downtown Marshall Feb 4-5. This 2-day celebration of winter, booze, and blues is one of Marshall’s most popular events each year! The festival features specialty wine and beer tastings downtown on Friday night 6-10pm at various locations, and a blues concert on Saturday at The Franke Center for the Arts, 214 E. Mansion St.|
The festival will also feature spectacular live ice carving by master sculptor John Merucci and his team. Ice carving takes place downtown 5-8pm on Friday and from 10am until completion on Saturday.
At each of the eight Friday locations, tasting participants receive a two-ounce pour of wine or beer plus appetizers. Individuals over 21 can purchase a wristband at any location for $25 and receive 10 wine/beer tastings.
On Saturday, stroll the streets of downtown Marshall and admire the Olympics-inspired sculptures. The festival will cap off Saturday evening with a live blues concert featuring Matt Schofield. A pulled-pork dinner from Grand River Brewery will be available for $15.
Starting at 6 pm, local favorites The Fat Animals will open the night in the Downstage Club. At 8pm, headliner Matt Schofield will take the main stage.
A member of the British Blues Hall of Fame, Schofield is considered one of the top British blues guitarists of all time, alongside icons like Eric Clapton and Peter Green. His performance is part of the Franke Center Blues Series.
Concert tickets are $28 in advance or $30 at the doors. Advanced tickets can be purchased online at The Franke or call the Franke Center for the Arts at 269-781-0001 and can be exchanged for a wristband on the night of the event at Handle & Hinge, Living MI or Eastend Studio.
|Chicago’s “Music Lives Here” Project|
(CHICAGO, IL) - Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs launched "Music Lives Here" this summer, a list and map of 50 historical music sites around town. Music Lives Here is a multi-media project that includes an informative website, print publication guide and 50 unique graphic landmark markers that celebrate events in the blues, jazz, R&B, house and steppin' music history of Chicago, and pop-up performances throughout the year. Music Lives Here is part of the City of Chicago’s Year of Chicago Music initiative.|
"Music Lives Here" pays tribute to the spaces, places, and people that have shaped Chicago’s music landscape, past and present. Compiled by Aaron Cohen, author of Move on Up: Chicago's Soul Music and Black Cultural Power, the project organizes Chicago's vast musical history into an easy format for learning and enjoyment.
Some of the landmarks include Chess Records where many of the best blues, soul and jazz artists found a home. Muddy Waters' House where he eventually relocated to from the Mississippi Delta. Delmark Records which is one of the world’s most significant independent jazz and blues labels that still operates. Soul Train Studio, the original home of Don Cornelius' groundbreaking television dance show, Soul Train, where Chicago music royalty would show up for Cornelius and play their songs. Vee-Jay/Brunswick Records who came about before Motown and was America's primary African American-owned record company, distributing John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, The Staple Singers and even, briefly, The Beatles.
|Lafayette may become home to a new Louisiana Music Museum|
By Claire Taylor/The Advocate|
An historic former hardware store in downtown Lafayette could be transformed into a museum with a Cajun/Creole dance hall celebrating the diverse music and musicians of Louisiana.
The Acadiana Center for the Arts has plans to turn the former Lafayette Hardware Store at 121 W. Vermilion St. into the Louisiana Music Museum and dance hall, Executive Director Sam Oliver said Tuesday.
The nonprofit group, he said, envisions the museum as a tourist destination that would tell the story of Louisiana's music — Blues, Jazz, Dixieland, Cajun, Zydeco, Rockabilly — and musicians from a Cajun and Creole perspective. The dance hall could serve as a venue attracting tourists and locals.
...more details here
|• Long Beach Blues Society Holiday Concerts|
• Northwest Florida's Blues Christmas Mondays
• Hash Brown's Holiday Homecoming to Connecticut
|(LONG BEACH, CA) - Long Beach Blues Society presents a free, family-friendly holiday concert series starting Sunday Dec 12 and ending the following Sunday Dec 19 at Cesar Chavez Park Amphitheater (401 Golden Ave, Long Beach, California) from 2-4pm.|
Dec 12 enjoy local blues star South Side Slim plus Gates of Thunder who will feature the amazing talents of Laurie Morvan. Dec 19 The Broughams and the Long Beach Blues Society Allstars will be performing. Festive oriented performances, an inviting backdrop, giveaways and cozy refreshments onsite will keep everyone in spirit. You can RSVP here. __________________________________________________
(PENSECOLA, FL) The Blues Society of Northwest Florida and Seville Quarter present Monday Night Blues, the longest running weekly Blues Jam in Florida. December is Blues Christmas Mondays!
The opener plays at 7pm, host band at 7:30pm, then followed by the Blues Jam at 9pm.
Monday Dec 13 The Clowns will be featured (I imagine they do take themselves seriously).
Monday Dec 20 it's Big Al & The Heavyweights.
Monday Dec 27 Ghost Man Ric wraps Dec.
(BERLIN, CT) - Sunday Dec 19th the Connecticut Blues Society (CTBS) presents Hash Brown's Annual Holiday Homecoming Jam! The CTBS All-Stars will be backing featured guest Texas Blues great, Brian "Hash Brown" Calway.
Hash is originally from CT but has made his home in Dallas TX for many years, making a name for himself on both the TX and national Blues scenes.
Showtime 1-5pm at The Pine loft in Berlin, CT.
Musicians bring your instruments. Amps, drums, keyboard and PA are provided.
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| Mike Zito :: RESURRECTION|
"Dreaming of You"
Mike Zito’s Resurrection is brimming with deep and nail-biting melodies. The album was produced by celebrated Grammy-winner David Z, best known for his long-standing work with Prince, and who has contributed to albums by Etta James, Billy Idol, BoDeans, Buddy Guy and John Mayall, among many others.
“…. Resurrection is an album of feelings, emotions, and is very personal,” said Zito. “The title track is how I once almost lost my love, but it came back stronger than ever. I have had this song in me for years, but it only makes sense now to share it with the world. After the year we have had on planet Earth, I believe we all need a rebirth. This rebirth has given me an opportunity to be who I want to be musically and artistically.”
Joining Zito (vocals, guitar) on his new musical journey are many musicians who’ve played with him for the last several years, including: Matthew Johnson – drums; Doug Byrkit - bass guitar; Lewis Stephens – piano, organ; Zach Zito - acoustic guitar; and Lisa Andersen - backing vocals.
The 11 tracks on Resurrection not only showcase Zito’s strengths as a composer, with eight original songs that sparkle, but also as an interpreter of other compositions, with scintillating and powerful takes on tunes from JJ Cale (“I’ll Make Love To You”), Eric Clapton (“Presence of the Lord”) and Willie Dixon (“Evil”).
“I wrote and recorded the music I felt strongest about and I wanted to share it with the world,” Zito says.” I played my guitar the way I want to play my guitar, not the way anyone says I am supposed to play my guitar. I sang the way I wanted to sing - in my voice with my emotions… I am once again excited about love and life and music.”
|Gov't Mule "Snatch It Back & Hold It"|
|Holidays, Birthdays and... Just In Case|
|• December is the Month of Giving •|
Blues Birthdays upcoming of note:
Dec 9 Junior Wells (1934-1998), Dec 10 Guitar Slim (1926-1959 pictured); Dec 11 Big Mama Thornton (1926-1984); Dec 12 Joe Williams (1918-1999), Lonesome Sundown (1928-1955); Dec 13 Lurrie Bell (1958), Lucky Peterson (1964-2020); Dec 15 Andrew “Big Voice” Odom (1936), Mark Hummel (1955), Nick Moss (1969); Dec 16 Billy Gibbons (1949 pictured); Dec 17 James Booker (1939-1983), Paul Butterfield (1942-1987); Dec 18 Pee Wee Crayton (1914-1985), Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (1917-1988), Lonnie Brooks (1933-2017), Arthur "Peg Leg Sam" Jackson (1911-1977), Rod Piazza (1947); Dec 19 Professor Longhair (aka Henry Roeland Byrd) (1918-1980); Dec 20 Walter "Wolfman" Washington (1943), Mitch Kashmar (1960), Tom Hambridge
Just in case: December 13th is "National Ice Cream Day." I know it may be colder these December days but a bowl of ice cream often can hit the spot even in the Winter (maybe on pie?). This day reminded me of a fun little shuffle tune I wrote for our Blues In The Schools live music presentations called "Ice Cream Store." I have the kids think of their favorite ice cream flavor and after they do a call and response with me on the verses, we get to a part in the bridge where I break it down and have them holler out their fave flavors ..sometimes all at the same time! It's chaos, they love it, and we have a great time goofing around, plus some of the flavors they like are crazy. I always holler "mint chocolate chip" and see who the kindred spirits might be. Bottomline though, working with kids via music is better than any ice cream flavor. (although I searched for a photo of ice cream after I wrote that last line and now my mouth is watering at 11pm at night! HA!)
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San Diego, California USA
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Jun-10-2022 - Jun-11-2022
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
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Jun-10-2022 - Jun-12-2022
Billtown, Pennsylvania, USA
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Jun-17-2022 - Jun-18-2022
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA
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