Jim the Critic’s Top Concert Picks: Mark Hummel, Tool, more

Are you ready to see some live music in the Bay Area? Here are our top picks for the week, which includes something special for blues harmonica fans.

Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout

The East Bay blues man brings his annual harmonica showcase to the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley for two nights, Jan. 11-12.

Hummel is joined by Magic Dick, Lee Oskar, Jerry Portnoy and Duke Robillard at these shows.

Details: 8 p.m. Jan. 11, 7 p.m. Jan. 12; $15-$30, thefreight.org


Looking for the first giant rock show of the year? Look no further than Tool on Jan. 14 at the SAP Center in San Jose. Author & Punisher open the show.

Details: 7:30 p.m.; $59.50-$149.50, ticketmaster.com

Los Lobos

The phenomenally talented band from East L.A. headlines the 89th Birthday Bash celebration for the legendary Bill Graham at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Jan. 11.

Details: 8 p.m.; $55, livenation.com

Eric Johnson

The guitar guru, who many best remember for the head-turning instrumental “Cliffs of Dover,” will wow fretboard fans when he performs Jan. 14 at the SFJazz Center in San Francisco.

Details; 7:30 p.m.; $35-$65, sfjazz.org



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