Doors at 7. Show at 8. Seating is first come first served. Ages 18+.
$10 ticket increase at the door.
The iconic harmonica man James Cotton passed in 2017 at the age of 81. Cotton’s considered by most the last great harp titan of the generation that produced Little Walter( who James replaced in Muddy Waters Band), Sonny Boy Williamson 2( who raised Cotton from 12 yrs old), Jr Wells, Big Walter and many more. James’ career spanned more than six plus decades and put him on the map of All Time Blues Greats!
The James Cotton Blues Band is Steve Freund( Sunnyland Slim, Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, Otis Rush, Bo Diddley and 12 yrs w/Cotton), Tom Holland( Eddie Clearwater, Mississippi Heat, John Primer and 15 yrs w/Cotton), Cros Charles Mack( bass for 10 yrs w/James & IBC winner) and June Core(drums w/Musselwhite , James, Robert Lockwood)plus Mark Hummel playing and singing James’s role as front man. Hummel produces The Blues Harmonica Blowouts(Mayall, Musselwhite, Huey Lewis, Lee Oskar, Magic Dick)for 30 years that featured Cotton on seven national tours as part of that event. Cotton commented “Mark is All About The Music”. Mark has a Grammy nom in 2013 and two Blues Music Awards, 30 albums to his credit.
Here’s the Cotton Band w/Hummel in 2018 at a Cotton Tribute:
Grammy-nominted Harmonica man/singer/songwriter/bandleader/author/impresario MARK HUMMEL was born in New Haven, CT but moved to Los Angeles as a newborn. Hummel took up an interest in blues harp & rock-blues music in high school but soon discovered the originators like Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson & Little Walter. Soon after, Hummel frequented the Ash Grove club on Melrose Ave. in LA where he saw (in a three month period) three blues legends he would later work with on a regular basis; Charlie Musselwhite, Brownie McGhee (w/Sonny Terry) & James Cotton. By 1985 Mark Hummel's Blues Survivors hit the road full time & continue till the present (Hummel's memoir, "Big Road Blues: 12 Bars on I-80" recounts many road exploits). Hummel's been featured on over thirty recordings since 1985 including his 2014 Blind Pig Records, Remembering Little Walter (a recording of a Hummel Blues Harp Blowout.) The CD was nominated for a Grammy Award and won two Blues Music Awards. Hummel's most recent release, Harpbreaker (September 2018/Electro-Fi), is an all-instrumental harmonica album that redefines the scope and beauty of what the instrument is
capable of in the right hands.