Tue December 26, 2023

One of the most versatile musicians, singers, and entertainers on the music scene


Doors: 7:30 PM   Show: 8:00 PM

Alvon Johnson is one of the most versatile musicians, singers, and entertainers on the music scene today. Whether the music is Jazz, Blues, R&B or Pop, Alvon always has a unique and creative way to perform the song. His show stopping rendition of Leonard Cohen’s hit song ‘Hallelujah’, leaves tears in your eyes. Any song that he chooses to perform is always an experience.

• Former vocalist with the Rock and Roll Hall of fame group "The Coasters”

• Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Empress Theatre

• Recipient of the Music Icon Award from the Black Music Association &    Academy of America

• Recipient of the Best Male Blues Artist Award from the Black Music Association & Academy Of America

• Voted 2005 Blues Guitar Player of the Year

• Regional winner of the Guitar Centers "King of the Blues" national contest in 2006 and 2007

• His CD “The Blues Grew up" was nominated for Outstanding Blues Album of 2004.

• “The Blues Grew up" was also voted one of the top ten CD's in Japan in 2005.

• His incredible CD "Guitars and Cars”, was voted in the top ten CD’s of 2008 by the prestigious Blues magazine “Real Blues ”.

His early music influences were Guitar players such as Wes Montgomery, Andre Segovia, Charlie Christian, and of course Jimi Hendrix. His vocalist influences were Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Johnny Hartman, and Nat King Cole.

He has performed with many well-known artists, including The Drifters, The Coasters, The Shirelles, Bobby Day of Rocking’ Robin fame, and Jimmie Rodgers of Country and Western fame.

Alvon Johnson learned from many icons of the Blues, including John Lee  Hooker, Pee Wee Crayton, Little Joe Blue, Harmonica Fats, Frankie Lee, Guitar Shorty, Lowell Folsom, and Buddy Ace. 

Known for his comedic style, Alvon Johnson worked with many comedians such as Renaldo Rey, Robin Harris, Skillet and Leroy, and Lawanda Paige (Aunt Ester), from the Redd Foxx show

Having the opportunity to work with these outstanding comedians helped him to develop his own style of comedy which served him well as a vocalist with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group “The Coasters”

He tours constantly on the international level as well as nationally in such places as Russia, Spain, Africa, Hungary, Portugal, Poland, Malaysia, China, France, Italy, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Europe, Canada, The Bahamas, and Australia. 

His self titled CD was spoken of and described as : This week’s show was dedicated to Muddy’s legacy – covers of Muddy’s songs ect. Well the listening audience was unanimous that Alvon’s version of “Hoochie Coochie Man” was spectacular. It is a cutting edge rendition which holds its own with Muddy’s original which is, of course, one of the top ten blues recordings of all time. Chicago is drenched in blues talent (we’re proud of it too) and Alvon can go head to head with the best around here. Greg Freerksen, host “Blues Edition” Public Radio from College of DuPage, 90.9 FM WDCB, Glen Ellyn, Illinois 7-9 pm Saturdays. 

His second CD was spoken of and  described as : If there ever was a blues album that could change the face of every blues album to come, it’s got to be this one. Alvon delivers the blues in a smooth, exciting, and energetic fashion. The thing that I liked most about this album, was that everyone on it seemed like that were having a great time playing the music. This is real blues with a touch of flavor. I loved every single song on this album. The lyrics where great, the guitars where smokin’, and the feeling was oh so right! I like to feel the music, and there wasn’t a problem at all with the feeling being presented on this album. It’s too bad I can’t hear blues like this more often. I am truly honored to review this music. 

– Michael Allison – THEGLOBALMUSE.COM Song Pick: “Heaven” – (This

is just great blues guitar baby) Sound Quality: Five Stars Production: Five Star Musicianship: Five Star:

Originality: Four Stars

Over All: Five Star

Review of Alvon “The Blues Grew Up” AVJ2