HARP ATTACK with MARK DUFRESNE, JOEL ASTLEY and SPENCER JARRETT
Mark Dufresne and his band host our annual blues harmonica showcase and are joined for this go round by Joel Astley and Spencer Jarrett. Since reforming with founding guitarist, Billy Stapleton, the current version of the Mark DuFresne Band has been wowing audiences in the Pacific Northwest. Grammy nominated DuFresne is at the helm with his 3-octave tenor voice, and his championship harmonica playing.
Seattle-born and raised, Joel Astley fronted his first band in 2014 and has risen quickly to be a local favorite playing all around The Pacific Northwest and beyond. He has been recognized by the Washington Blues Society with several awards including Best Blues Harmonica 2018 & 2019, Best Male Vocalist 2019, and Best New Band (Chicken Hawk) 2019; he has been nominated for numerous other honors including Best Blues Performer 2019. He has shared the stage with national performers such as Johnny Burgin, Lorenzo Farrell, Billy Flynn, and Harpdog Brown. He currently fronts the popular blues band T-town Aces and the new swing/ blues band The High Note Group.
Seattle-based vocalist and harmonica player, Spencer Jarrett, has performed with or opened for Big Mama Thornton, Otis Rush, Los Lobos, Dion, Papa John Creach, Hubert Sumlin, Mighty Joe Young, Wilbert “Kansas City” Harrison, Robert Pete Williams, and many others. He has also logged twenty years playing guitar for three traditional gospel quartets, sharing the stage with legendary groups including the Mighty Clouds of Joy and the Canton Spirituals.