Blues and Brews tunes up in El Dorado Hills

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Blues lovers will have reason to rejoice Saturday. The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills is sponsoring a lineup of world-class special guest blues musicians from 8 to 11 p.m., Nov. 13, at the El Dorado Hills Community Services Gym, 1021 Harvard Way. The “house band” will be The Used Blues Band, a group of professional musicians from Solano County who tied for the top spot at the 2008 Sacramento Blues Competition. Also featured will be Alvon Johnson and Darrell Mansfield. Alvon Johnson, 2005 Guitar Player of the Year, is a former vocalist with the Rock and Roll Hall of fame group “The Coasters.” He is also a regional winner of the Guitar Centers “King of the Blues” national contest in 2006 and 2007. He has performed with The Drifters, The Shirelles, Bobby Day of Rocking’ Robin fame, Otis Day and the Knights, and Jimmie Rodgers, the “Father of Country Music.” He learned at the feet of many icons of the blues: John Lee Hooker, Pee Wee Crayton, Little Joe Blue, Harmonica Fats, Sonny Green, Frankie Lee, Guitar Shorty, Lowell Folsom, and Buddy Ace. Alvon worked with comedians such as Renaldo Rey, Robin Harris, Skillet and Leroy, and Lawanda Paige. Johnson has performed in Malaysia, Russia, China, France, Italy, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Europe, Canada, The Bahamas, Australia, Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City and across the U.S. Check him out at Mansfield is recognized as one of the world’s greatest harmonica players. Mansfield’s soulful voice and harmonica have amazed and inspired audiences worldwide for over 30 years. In 1980, Mansfield was inducted into Hohner Harmonica Hall of Fame and in 2009 he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame as Ambassador to California. He has released more than 30 blues and spiritual blues albums and contributed to many other artists’ recordings, including Eddie Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Adam Again, and Loverboy. Mansfield’s benefit concerts supports ministries, charities, prisons and orphanages in Europe, the U.S. and Mexico. For more on him, visit Blues and Brews is a benefit for the Fallen Warriors Memorial Organization, which honors former area high school students who gave their lives while serving our country. The organization is building a memorial in Promontory Park in El Dorado Hills and provides high school scholarships. More information is at While the musicians are playing, performance painter Neal Barbosa will be creating works of art on stage. These will be available to buy and one special one will be auctioned during a set break. The Freedom Quilt, designed and created by the Sacramento Elks Lodge No. 6 quilting group, will be on display. Veterans and active service members will be able to sign the quilt. A brief history of the quilt is at Tickets are $20 and are available at the California Welcome Center in Town Center or at the El Dorado Hills Fire Station 85, El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Wilson Way, or at the door. Pizza and $5 microbrews from Pete’s Restaurant and Brewhouse will be available for purchase, plus wine, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages. For more information, contact El Dorado Hills Rotary President Bill Tobin at (916) 616-6973 or visit * * * KNOW AND GO What: Blues and Brews Where: CSD Gym, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills When: 8-11 p.m., Saturday Cost: $20 per person available at California Welcome Center in Town Center or Fire Station 85, or at the door ~ Staff report