Thurs., Jan. 11, Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout: A Tribute to Jimmy Reed
Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 8 p.m., $12-$39
Bay Area blues harp player and vocalist Mark Hummel, backed by the Blues Survivors, started throwing this traveling blues party more than 20 years ago in front of ecstatic audiences, working his way through a who's who of blues harp styles and history. This year's celebration of earthy, soulful fluttering and bended notes is a tribute to Jimmy “Big Boss Man” Reed. The show will be another barn burner as swamp specialist Lazy Lester; fellow harpists Rick Estrin, Kenny Neal and Kim Wilson; and guitarists Charlie Baty and Joe Louis Walker take turns and then congregate in the spotlight. 10 College Parkway in Folsom, www.markhummel.com.