Bluesdays: Mark Hummel Band’s Night at the Fillmore
June 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bluesdays in The Village at Palisades Tahoe presents Mark Hummel Band’s Night at the Fillmore.
Harmonica virtuoso Mark Hummel has always appreciated, celebrated and showcased the great musicians of earlier and modern times. For this year’s Bluesdays performance, shows from the Fillmore West during promoter Bill Graham’s early years. And he has an ensemble to pull it off.
Guitarist Gary Vogenson (currently with Angela Strehli’s Blues Broads) was mentored by Mike Bloomfield, a guitarist famous for introducing blues to white America with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and shocking Bob Dylan’s followers with his electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival. Vogenson also played with Elvin Bishop, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Norton Buffalo and Maria Muldaur. Drummer Gary Silva played with Elvin Bishop, Ron Thompson’s the Resistors, Charlie Musselwhite and Junior Walker. Bassist Bob Welsh, who also plays guitar and keyboards, is a younger member in the group, and a current player with Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio.
Hummel has released more than 20 solo albums and more than another 20 collaborations and compilations. His latest is “Mark Hummel presents the East Bay Blues Vault, 1976-88.”
“They are early recordings I played on and people who have been big influences on me,” said Hummel who plays on 11 of the 22 songs.
Artists on the album include Ron Thompson, Franck “Paris Slim” Goldwasser, Sonny Rhodes, Brownie McGhee, J.J. Malone, Mississippi Johnny Waters, Cool Papa, Boogie Jake, Little Willie Littlefield, Robert Kelton and Nancy Wright.”
Those artists and Hummel regularly performed in those years at the Eli’s Mile High Club and Deluxe Inn in Oakland and The Playboy and Savoy clubs in Richmond. Those venues are a contrast to the outdoor Village at Palisades Tahoe, a ski resort and site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games.
“It’s pretty different but it sure is fun,” Hummel said. “It’s great because we always see people we haven’t seen in a long time. I’ve brought up so many good musicians that people know that I will bring up a great band.”