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Yoshi's Oakland
In Jack London Square across the street from BevMo 510 Embarcadero West Oakland, CA 94607
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786 events
411 reviews
316 stars
Their bathrooms are horrible. Someone said they are like gym locker bathrooms. If they can't remodel at least clean them so they look clean.
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786 events
411 reviews
316 stars
Yoshis needs a makeover/remodeling
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James Cotton Superharp Band
32 ratings
4.7 average rating
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4 events
1 review
0 stars
attended Jul 01 2011

Great seeing a living legend like Mr. Cotton, still blowing great music in his 70's. His electric bass player was also one of the best I've ever heard.

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39 events
13 reviews
8 stars
attended Jul 03 2011

Band: Excellent musicians. Impossible not to move/respond to the music. Portions of the set, however, were painfully loud and I had to plug my ears. Also, at times the lyrics were incomprehnsible. But, overall, the band was very tight and...continued

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24 events
10 reviews
5 stars
attended Jul 01 2011

Enjoyable blues--but couldn't understand when James Cotton spoke, as his voice was so growl--ly. Really good guitar playing by the rest of the band, plus the harmonica stuff was great. Enjoyable evening.

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Quotes & Highlights

Check out James Cotton’s official website.
“We’re talking about the blues, loud and fast and getting-down dirty, we’re talking about James Cotton … harp-player extraordinaire.” —New York Daily News


James Cotton

The musical pedigree of Grammy Award-winner James “Superharp” Cotton consists of a veritable who’s who in the world of the Blues. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006, the Smithsonian Institute in 1991, and winner of countless W.C. Handy Blues Awards, he has shared the stage with B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Winter, the Allman Brothers, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Sam and Dave, The Grateful Dead among many others.

An orphan at the age of nine, he was raised in Mississippi by his mentor, Sonny Boy Williamson, who remains famous for his many unique songs and innovative Delta Blues harmonica style. As a young teenager Cotton befriended Howlin’ Wolf and joined forces with him playing Mississippi and Arkansas juke joints for two years. In 1954 when Muddy Waters needed a harmonica player, he found Cotton playing a club in Arkansas and took him to Chicago. Cotton remained with Waters for 12 years not only playing shows but also recording with him on Chess Records. One of the highlights of that period came when Cotton arranged  the ever-popular anthem for the blues, “Got My Mojo Workin’, “ which was played for the first time by the Muddy Waters Band at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1961.

In 1966 Cotton formed his James Cotton Blues Band which continues to showcase his immense talent and keeps him one of the most sought-after, hard-driving, seminal blues musicians touring the world today.


Mojo Buford*

George “Mojo” Buford is best known for being one of the great harp players that played with the late great Muddy Watters. Born in Hernando, MS, Mojo moved to Memphis at a young age and fell in love with the blues. Played in Memphis for many years until he moved to Chicago in 1954 and hooked up with Muddy and countless other well know artists. Mojo has played all over the globe and has shared the stage with some of the greatest musicians of the past and present. He is very passionate about his music and still loves to perform!

Hubert Sumlin

When Hubert Sumlin plays guitar he takes you to his World of Blues Feeling — from despair to ecstasy, from delicate grace to raw power, from lost to found. Though he’s influenced and inspired many of the most famous guitar players, Hubert owns the magic. His style is original and personal and instantly recognizable.

About the Ticket Supplier: Yoshi's Oakland

Yoshi’s began in 1972 as a small, North Berkeley sushi bar owned by it’s founder and namesake, Yoshie Akiba, alongside her two best friends Kaz Kajimura, a journalist and carpenter, and Hiroyuki Hori, a painter and Japanese cook. Over the next 40 years, Yoshi’s built itself into one of the world’s most respected jazz venues, earning a reputation as the Bay Area’s premier location for great Japanese cuisine and jazz music. Today, Yoshi’s is an award-winning 310-seat live performance venue with a state-of-the-art sound system and design, occupying 17,000 square feet in the heart of Oakland’s Jack London Square. Under the guidance of esteemed Artistic Director Michael Pritchard, the venue has expanded it’s focus to include broader genres suitable to a variety of musical tastes.