John Mayall is the top name on the newly announced bill for the 33rd annual Fountain Blues Festival, set for July 20 at St. James Park in San Jose.

The legendary blues singer-songwriter-guitarist is best known for leading John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, an immensely popular and influential act in the 1960s. Over the years, the Bluesbreakers featured such talents as Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Mick Fleetwood, Jack Bruce and Peter Green.

Yeah, I thought you might've heard of some of those guys.

Joining Mayall on the Fountain Blues bill are outstanding vocalist Ruthie Foster, world-class slide guitarist Roy Rogers and his Delta Rhythm Kings and the all-star female group Girls Got the Blues, which is led by San Jose's "Empress of the Blues," Lara Price.

Sandro Campardo/Associated Press archivesBlues legend John Mayall is a headliner at the Fountain Blues Festival in San Jose in July.
Sandro Campardo/Associated Press archives Blues legend John Mayall is a headliner at the Fountain Blues Festival in San Jose in July. ( Sandro Campardo )

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. VIP ducats, which provide seating in a tent near the side of the stage and other benefits, are $50. Kids 12 and younger get in free when accompanied by a paying adult. Go to www.fountainbluesfestival.com for details.

ART AND SOUL: The lineup is beginning to shape up for the 13th annual Art and Soul Oakland. Folk-pop star Lisa Loeb, popular R&B band ConFunkShun and soul artist Leela James have all signed on to play the event, which runs Aug. 3 and 4 in downtown Oakland.

Other confirmed acts include the Rescues, Tristan Prettyman and Vintage Trouble. The latter two are also scheduled to perform at this weekend's BottleRock festival.

More acts will be announced as the festival draws closer. Expect another diverse musical offering. Art and Soul regularly hosts jazz, mainstream and indie rock, world, Latin, folk, R&B and, of course, soul acts.

Along with the music, the festival will offer plenty of shopping and dining options. There will also be carnival rides and numerous family activities.

For details, go to www.artandsouloakland.com or call 510-444-2489.

WAYNE RETURNS: I can't get enough of Lil Wayne. Just ask my stereo system, which never goes long without being asked to blast one of the rapper's "Tha Carter" works.

Thus, I was thrilled to hear that the hip-hop hero is returning to the Bay Area. Lil Wayne performs Aug. 30 at the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord. He's touring in support of his recently released 10th studio album, "I Am Not a Human Being II," and he's bringing along some talented friends as the supporting acts, including popular rapper T.I.

Tickets are $35.75-$95.75 and are available through www.livenation.com.

R.I.P. JEFF HANNEMAN: I'll end with a farewell to Jeff Hanneman, the incredibly talented Slayer guitarist who died on May 2. The band's website said the cause of death was liver failure. Reports say Hanneman suffered from a flesh-eating disease that might have been brought on by a spider bite.

We lost him far too soon -- the Oakland native turned 49 earlier this year -- but he left behind a body of work that is sure to stand the test of time.

Hanneman helped define, and then refine, the thrash metal genre with his work in Slayer. His locomotive leads, which intertwined with those of fellow guitarist Kerry King, were nothing short of epic. Yet he was also an incredible songwriter.

So many of Slayer's top tunes were written (or co-written) by Hanneman: "Raining Blood," "War Ensemble," "Seasons in the Abyss" and "Angel of Death."

In tribute to the local guitar hero, I've put together a Spotify playlist that includes all those songs as well as some other great Hanneman tracks. I know that the titles might come across as morbid, given the situation, but it's pretty hard to find a cheery offering in the Slayer songbook. You can find the playlist at www.mercurynews.com/music.

I hope you enjoy the music while remembering what a force he was in metal.

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