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Blues & Bourbon: Tribute to Little Walter ft. Mark Hummel & more

Momo Sacramento Presents

Blues & Bourbon: Tribute to Little Walter ft. Mark Hummel & more

Mark Hummel, Nathan James, Wes Starr, R. W. Grigsby

Wed, July 3, 2019

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 6:30 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Tribute to Little Walter
Tribute to Little Walter
Four of the heroes in blues playing today bring a very special show to the Momo in this "Tribute to Little Walter." with players from the 2013 Grammy-nominated record on Blind Pig Records, Remembering Little Walter (part of the Blues Harmonica Blowout CD series). Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowout™ started in 1991 and have featured every major legend (Mayall, Musselwhite, Cotton, etc.) on blues harp as well as almost every player of note on the instrument - a who's who of players. Grammy Award Nominee and Winner of two Blues Music Awards, Mark Hummel started playing harmonica in 1970 and is considered one of the premier blues harmonica players of his generation.

Marion Walter Jacobs (May 1, 1930 – February 15, 1968), known as Little Walter, was an American blues musician, singer, and songwriter, whose revolutionary approach to the harmonica and impact on succeeding generations has earned him comparisons to such seminal artists as Django Reinhardt, Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix.His virtuosity and musical innovations fundamentally altered many listeners' expectations of what was possible on blues harmonica.He was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, the first artist to be inducted specifically as a harmonica player.

Little Walter defined the sound known as Chicago Blues harp. He was the first musician of any kind to purposely use electronic distortion as a musical technique, fundamentally altering the listener’s expectations of the harmonica. His virtuosity with the harp established the standard vocabulary for modern blues and blues rock harmonica players. Little Walter scored 14 top-ten hits between 1952-1958, and was the best blues artist produced by the post war Chicago blues movement.

Note: Mark Hummel's 2012 limited release album, BLUE & LONESOME demonstrates beautifully just how great Little Walter really was.
Mark Hummel
Mark Hummel
“Hummel plays the harmonica with the fat, full sound that made Little Walter sound almost like a saxophonist rather than a harp man.” -Chicago Sun-Times
Besides producing and playing on Blind Pig's Remembering Little Walter with Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman, Little Charlie Baty, Nathan James, June Core & RW Grigsby, the CD was nominated for a Grammy Award and has recently won 2014 Best Blues Album & Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis. Hummel's new CD on ElectroFi The Hustle Is Really On ranked #2 on Living Blues Radio Chart and features the Golden State-Lone Star all star players.

"Mark Hummel came of age in the early 70s, at the height of rock and roll,like many of his peers went and bought a harmonica and hasn't stopped playing since. A specialist in West Coast Blues he's a seasoned showman who knows more than a thing or two about how to please an audience." - THE NEW YORKER
Nathan James
Nathan James
Blues Guitarist, Multi-instumentalist - Oceanside, California

Roots, Country Blues, sometimes one man band
Associated with Sacred Cat Recordings and Scared Cat Studios, Oceanside California
Wes Starr
Wes Starr
Venue Information:
Momo Sacramento
2708 J Street
Sacramento, CA, 95816