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Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowout

Superstars of the Blues Harmonica
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Featuring: Magic Dick (J. Geils Band), Lee Oskar (Lowrider Band), Jerry Portnoy (Muddy Waters & Eric Clapton), Duke Robillard (Roomful Of Blues Founder, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bob Dylan), with Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors

Since 1991, Mark Hummel has assembled the finest blues musicians and taken them on the road. This year’s lineup is legendary: Magic Dick was the original harp man from the J. Geils Band. Now of the Lowrider Band, Lee Oskar was a founding member of the seminal band that created hits like “Lowrider”, "Why Can't We Be Friends," "The Cisco Kid," “Me And Baby Brother,” “Slippin Into Darkness,” "World is a Ghetto," "Spill the Wine," etc. Jerry Portnoy’s career included lengthy stints with the fabled Muddy Waters Blues Band and the Eric Clapton Band. Plus Duke Robillard, founder of Roomful of Blues and a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Tour sponsored by Lee Oskar Harmonicas.

Event Length (Approximate):

2 hours
includes 20 minute intermission

MAGIC DICK is the original harp man from the J. Geils Band, whose many hits flooded the airwaves during the 1970s and 1980s. Chart-toppers like "FreezeFrame", "Centerfold", "First I Look At The Purse", "Must a Got Lost", "Give It To Me" and Magic Dick's own "Wammer Jammer" were in the Top Ten off and on for 20 years and made them one of the few top bands(other then WAR) that featured a harmonica prominently in the frontline. Dick went on to start "Bluestime" with J. Geils after the original band broke up, making two CDs for Rounder Records. Dick is one of the most famed harp blowers on earth, partially because “Wammer Jammer” was played on Armed Forces Radio in Vietnam all thru the late 60s till the war ended. The first song most boomers tried to learn on harmonica, along with “Room To Move”.

LEE OSKAR was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, moved to the States in the late sixties, and along with Eric Burdon, went on to become a founding member of the seminal soul-funk-rock group that created hits like "Lowrider", "Why Can't We Be Friends," "The Cisco Kid," "World Is A Ghetto", "Spill The Wine", "Me And Baby Brother", "Slippin Into Darkness," and more. Their huge top ten records got national airplay coast to coast and stayed high up in the charts for months. 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. Oskar also recorded two solo records, “Lee Oskar” & “ Before The Rain” that made his name more famous. B.B. Dickerson, Harold Brown, Howard Scott & Oskar still perform today as The Lowrider Band. Lee went on to start the Lee Oskar Harmonica company in 1983, which is second only to Hohner Harmonicas in popularity and sales. As of late R&B artist Pitbull has used Oskar’s music in his song “Timber”-Lee is credited on the track.

DUKE ROBILLARD born October 4, 1948 is an American guitarist and singer. He founded the band Roomful of Blues and was a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Although Robillard known as a rock and blues guitarist, he also plays jazz and swing. He played in bands as Mike "Honey Bear" Robillard and worked for the Guild Guitar Company. In 1967, he and Al Copley founded the band Roomful of Blues.
He spent over ten years with Roomful of Blues before departing in 1979, becoming the guitarist for singer Robert Gordon and then a member of the Legendary Blues Band.[3] He started the Duke Robillard Band in 1981, eventually adopting the name Duke Robillard and the Pleasure Kings, with whom he toured throughout the 1980s and recorded for Rounder Records. He became a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1990 to replace Jimmie Vaughan.

JERRY PORTNOY Jerry was born in 1943 and grew up in the blues-rich atmosphere of Chicago's famous Maxwell Street Market during the golden age of Chicago Blues. He began his professional career in the late 60s and since that time has performed, live and on television, for millions of people around the world. During a career that includes six years as a member of the fabled Muddy Waters Blues Band, another six as leader of the Legendary Blues Band, four years at the head of his own band The Streamliners, and another four as a featured member of the Eric Clapton Band, his touring schedule has carried him to every state in the union and twenty-eight foreign countries on six continents, with performances at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Smithsonian, London's Royal Albert Hall, and at major jazz festivals worldwide, including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Warsaw International Jazz Jamboree, the Hawaii Pacific Jazz and Music Fair, and the Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice, France.

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