It makes perfect sense that Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout has become such a beloved annual tradition over the years.
After all, Hummel always lines up plenty of great players for these shows. Previous lineups have included such talents as John Mayall, James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop, Snooky Pryor, Carey Bell, John Hammond, Billy Boy Arnold, Magic Dick, Lee Oskar, Paul DeLay, Curtis Salgado, Rick Estrin, Rod Piazza and Norton Buffalo.
And Hummel certainly didn’t disappoint in putting together the lineup for the 28th annual Blowout, which visits the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley on Jan. 18 and 19.
The bill features Grammy-and-BMA (Blues Music Award) winner Bobby Rush, who appeared in the Martin Scorsese documentary “The Blues”; BMA champ Kenny Neal, who is the son of Louisiana blues legend Raful Neal; Alabama blues great James Harman, who is supporting his 30th album, “Fineprint”; and New Orleans musician Jumpin’ Johnny Sanson, who has collaborated with the likes of Anders Osborne, North Mississippi Allstars and Tab Benoit.
The backing band for the shows is Hummel’s own Golden State Lone Star, featuring Anson Funderburgh.
Details: 8 p.m.; $30-$34, www.thefreight.org.