Elvin Bishop

Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Blues Hall of Fame

West Coast Blues Hall of Fame announces inductees

Mercury News: Soul man Booker T. Jones, R&B crooner Frankie Beverly and blues giant Elvin Bishop are all members of the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame‘s overall impressive class of 2013.

Those three men are among the 13 acts to be inducted during the 34th annual West Coast Blues Hall of Fame and Awards Show, set for 6 p.m. April 13 at the African American Museum and Library in Oakland.

Even the Bay Area Blues Society, the organization that runs the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame, admits that Bishop should have been enshrined a long time ago. The Bay Area vocalist-guitarist is one of the genre’s greatest treasures. Ironically, he’s best known for the 1976 pop-rock single “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” which climbed all the way to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Tickets to the event, which will also include an awards show honoring the acts currently working to keep the blues alive as well as live performances, are $30 in advance (www.brownpapertickets.com) and $35 at the door. For more information, go to www.bayareabluessociety.net.