Blues harmonica to take center stage at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

A celebration of the blues harmonica will hit the Harrah's Lake Tahoe South Shore Room this weekend.

Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowout features Elvin Bishop, Billy Boy Arnold, Rick Estrin, Little Charlie Baty, Steve Guyger, Rich Wescalis, Bob Welsh, June Core and RW Grigsby paying tribute to Bluebird Records.

"Bluebird Records/RCA Victor was an offshoot label devoted to race records & jazz at an inexpensive price to record buyers, " according to a press release for the event, "... These 78 RPM records were distributed all over the U.S., and as a result the younger blues players, like Muddy Waters, Lowell Fulson, Little Walter, BB King, John Lee Hooker and other future icons got to hear their first blues recordings and build a repertoire. Though RCA was a much larger label, the records became eclipsed by smaller labels by the late 1940s. Atlantic, Chess, Sun, RPM, King and other independents would rule the 1950s blues world while Bluebird/Victor blues records would fold by 1948."

The event is led by Hummel, a 2014 Grammy Award nominee who has been organizing harmonic blowouts for 24 years.

"Hummel's book 'Big Road Blues: 12 Bars on I-80, ' was nominated for best Independent Book and his latest CD 'The Hustle Is Really On' climbed to #2 and remained in the top five for four months in the Living Blues Radio Charts, " according to the release.

What: Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blowout

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3

Where: Harrah's Lake Tahoe

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