The blues played an essential role in formulating the Grateful Dead’s distinctive sound. Indeed, the band regularly included such genre staples as “Little Red Rooster” in its repertoire.
So there’s something entirely fitting in noting that the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre in San Francisco’s McLaren Park is hosting a free blues concert Saturday.
Part of the six-week Saturday in the Park series, the concert begins at 2 p.m. and features a double bill of the Stan Erhart Band and Alvon Johnson's All-Stars. Feel free to arrive early for the pre-concert children’s activities and bring along a picnic.
Erhart can claim some serious blues roots, having born raised in Kansas City and played in Chicago before coming West. Fellow guitarist-vocalist Johnson claims Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Williams and Johnny Hartman among his influences.
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