Jan 15

Mark Hummel's Southern Harmonica Blowout

Sierra Nevada Heritage Series: A Concert Series in the Big Room in Chico, CA

Doors: 6:00 PM | Dinner & Dessert: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Mark Hummel’s Southern Harmonica Blowout: 7:30 PM

This year’s Harmonica Blowout will feature the all-star lineup including Mark Hummel, Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal, James Harman & Johnny Sansone!

Harmonica man/singer/songwriter/bandleader/author/impresario Mark Hummel took up an interest in blues harp & rock-blues music in high school and soon discovered the originators like Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson & Little Walter. Soon after, Hummel frequented the Ash Grove Club in Los Angeles where he first saw blues legends he would later work with on a regular basis including Charlie Musselwhite, Brownie McGhee (w/Sonny Terry) & James Cotton. By 1985 Mark Hummel’s Blues Survivors hit the road full time and haven’t stopped since. In 2014 Blind Pig Records released Remembering Little Walter, which later was nominated for a Grammy Award and won two Blues Music Awards.
This year’s Harmonica Blowout will feature the all-star lineup including Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal, James Harman & Johnny Sansone.

Watch Mark Hummel Here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMZEUsdm1HU&feature=youtu.be


Bobby Rush…2017 GRAMMY winning blues legend, Blues Hall of Famer, 12x Blues Music Award winner, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, and Rolling Stone magazine named King of the Chitlin’ Circuit

Naming your album after a song entitled “Porcupine Meat” may seem a little unusual unless you’re Bobby Rush, who earned his first gold record in 1971 with a hit entitled “Chicken Heads.” He elaborates on his recent composition: “If a lady won’t treat me right, but she doesn’t want anyone else to have me, that is hard to digest.” Hence the lyric, “too fat to eat, too lean to throw away.” Porcupine Meat is Rush’s debut release for Rounder Records, and one of the best recordings of his astonishing 60-plus year career. Released in late 2016 the album went on to garner a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album after a debut at #1 on the Living Blues radio chart and on Billboard Blues.

Rush estimates that he has cut over 370 songs since he first began making music. He has been honored with four total Grammy nominations, as well as 46 nominations and 12 awards from the Blues Foundation, and a 2006 induction into the Blues Hall of Fame.

Kenny Neal, born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge, began playing music at a young age. Learning the basics from his father, singer and Blues harmonica master, Raful Neal, Kenny is known as a modern swamp-blues and multi-instrumentalist, that draws from the sizzling sounds of his native Louisiana.

Kenny’s 2016 release, Bloodline, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album and also won 2 BMAs (Blues Music Awards); one for Best Contemporary Blues Album and the other for Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist.

Kenny Neal, a true living blues Legend is THE REAL DEAL and more poised than ever to deliver the blues like no one else can!

Dinner Menu:
Fresh Brewery Baked Bread
Sierra Nevada Salad
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Wild Rice and Mushroom
Pork loin

Apple Crisp