Feb. 3

COURTESY PHOTO - Mark Hummel and other harmonica greats play the Aladdin Theater, Feb. 3.

Reedin’ and riffin’

Grammy nominee Mark Hummel is bringing the 25th anniversary edition of his Blues Harmonica Blowout here and says it can be a bit challenging to corral a bunch of raucous reed-benders.

“There’s a lot of egos on stage when you put that many harmonica players on,” he says with a chuckle, adding each Blowout ends with an all-star jam.

“They’re either really brilliant or loose and sloppy, but regardless the audience always loves it,” he says.

Fans of the Mississippi Saxophone should not miss this show. In addition to Hummel, one of the swingingest cats who ever blew harp, the lineup includes: Oregon’s own Blues Brother inspiration Curtis Salgado; 82-year-old Louisiana blues legend and Excello recording artist Lazy Lester; Jason Ricci, probably the best blues rock player on the planet right now; Mumbai-born mover and shaker Aki Kumar; 22-year-old Rick Estrin protégé Kyle Rowland; and Kim Wilson protégé Big Jon Atkinson. They’re all great harp players.

Salgado “is one of the toughest white soul blues singers that I know,” Hummel adds, and Ricci is “definitely not afraid to let himself shine and be who he is.” Meanwhile, Kumar is “one of the younger players that impressed me right out of the gate.” Finally, “Lester is ... a guy that created that Louisiana swamp blues sound and created songs and sounds that have become classics for blues.”

Mark Hummel’s Harmonica Blowout, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. $32.50 in advance, $35 day of show. Parent/guardian must accompany minors. Info: 503-234-9694,

Quick hits

• Futuristic Austin blues jazz rockers The Bright Light Social Hour take the stage along with James Supercave and Talkative at 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $12. Info: 503-288-3895,

• The Wood Brothers are composed of bassist Chris Wood, one-third of Medeski Martin & Wood, his brother Oliver Wood, guitarist King Johnson, and drummer Jano Rix. You can catch this soulful folk trio at 8 p.m. Satuday, Jan. 30, at the Roseland Theater, 10 N.W. Sixth Ave., along with Portland’s own gospel belle Liz Vice. $22. Info: 971-230-0033,

• Long Beach bluesy rockers Rival Sons were handpicked by Black Sabbath as the main support act for their worldwide final tour this year, and will headline select shows along the way, including one with Mount Holly at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $20 in advance, $23 day of show. Info: 503-284-8686,

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