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Blues & urban soul kick start 2013 concerts at The State

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POSTED January 2, 2013 8:16 p.m.

MODESTO — Two concerts start of 2013 at the Modesto State Theatre.

Master harp-blower Mark Hummeland his all-star line-up of harmonica greats perform a tribute to the legendary Jimmy Reed on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28, $38 and $45.

Then on Wednesday, Jan. 16, starting at 8 p.m. The State offers a night of East Bay Funk with Tower Of Power.  Tickets are $40, $45, and $50.

Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout: A tribute to Jimmy Reed

When it comes to the new style of West Coast Blues - blues inspired by the Chicago school with elements of jump blues and rock ‘n’ roll -  Mark Hummel is its most ardent champion.

Hummel resides In Oakland, the capital of California blues, where he not only leads The Blues Survivors, but continues as a major force in shaping and defining this musical genre.  Hummel is a road warrior, and along the way, he has crafted his own trademark harmonica sound - a subtle combination of tone, phrasing and attack combined with a strong sense of swing. 

Since 1991 he’s been both producing and performing at his Blues Harmonica Blowout series, featuring a veritable Who’s Who of Blues harp history. Mark Hummel is returning to The State with a  hot lineup including Kim Wilson, Ron Thompson, Lazy Lester, Little Charlie Baty, Rick Estrin and Joe Louis Walker -- some of the undisputed  superstars of the blues harp world.

Tower of Power

What is hip? For more than 40  years, the band Tower of Power has been singing about it, and defining what is hip. Still performing to sold-out crowds the world over, TOP is up with urban soul music, funk, rhythm and soul, all rolled into one get-down and get funky musical experience.

Tower’s horn-driven sound is unique and their rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band to come before or after them. In fact, the way they approach everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally their own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist and you have one of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage. Many other bands came out of the Bay Area in the late ‘60’s - from The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane to Santana and Big Brother - and all helped define the San Francisco sound, but TOP has always claimed Oakland as their home town, and the distinction continues to set them apart. From the Fillmore gigs in the ‘70s to signing with Bill Graham’s San Francisco records, the band’s been on a trajectory that’s taken them on a musical journey that’s out of this world.  Tower has never been busier or more in demand.

For online ticket sales go to To purchase your tickets by phone call The State Box Office at 209-527-4697 from noon to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. If still available, tickets may also be purchased the night of the event up to the start of the presentation.

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