Making music for veteran memorial

Second Blues & Brews raises funds for monument near Promontory Community Park
By: Eric Laughlin, Telegraph correspondent
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There definitely wasn’t a shortage of musical talent and fun to be had at the second Blues & Brews event in El Dorado Hills Saturday night. The fundraiser concert that’s set to benefit a veteran’s memorial near Promontory Community Park is hosted by the El Dorado Hills Rotary Club and sponsored by a handful of local businesses and organizations. This year’s show was headlined by Roseville resident and two-time Grammy Award-nominee John Lee Hooker, Jr., son of the late, great musician of the same name. Other acts to perform included Sacramento favorite, The Used Blues Band. The event was held at the Community Services District gymnasium and featured plenty of room for dancing, as well as a wide array of beverages from local breweries and winemakers. “There’s some great energy in there and that really makes for a fun night,” said Lynn Sweeney of Greenwood. “We also like the fact that it supports the vets.” Dennis and Billie Knutsen of Diamond Springs also seemed to be enjoying themselves. “It’s great music for dancing,” Dennis said. “We’ve had a great night so far.” But the event was much more than fine food, drink and entertainment. There were also prevalent reminders of those serving in our military, including a display honoring a local man who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Other displays near the gym’s back wall showcased organizations supporting veterans. Liz Fox and Brenda Cooper were there on behalf of Blue Star Moms, a group that provides care packages for those serving overseas. “It’s nice to see everyone come out to support our sons,” said Cooper, who has a 21-year-old son serving in the U.S. Marines. Fox was there on behalf of her two sons serving in the U.S. Air Force. “It seems like there’s more of a turnout than last year,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun for a great cause. We just saw a cowboy singing the blues and playing his harmonica, which you don’t see every day.”