Chicago Blues Brothers
Celebrating over 30 years of Rockin’ Blues Brothers!
April 22nd 1978, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd aka Joliet Jake Blues and Elwood J Blues finally unleashed the might that was to become The Blues Brothers on ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ on NBC, coast to coast in the United States of America.
Backed by the house band from Stax Records, featuring the likes of Paul Shaffer, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn, Steve `Mr. Midnight Hour` Cropper and Matt Murphy, ‘Blue’ Lou Marini, Willy Hall, Alan ‘Mr Fabulous’ Rubin, Tom ‘Bones’ Malone, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi danced and sang their way through sketch after sketch and eventually went on to create one of the most musically impressionable films of all time.
Such has been their popularity, that the last three decades have seen a growing number of Jake and Elwood tribute acts performing at venues world wide, spreading the word of R`n`B & Soul.
The musical pedigree of Jake & Elwood Blues was underwritten by collaborations with none other than JAMES ‘The Godfather’ BROWN, ARETHA FRANKLIN, RAY CHARLES and the incomparable CAB ‘Minnie the Moocher’ CALLOWAY.
Did John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd realise they would initiate an abundance of folk wearing pork pie hates and dark glasses, all professing to be on a mission from God?
Possibly, however, what they did become were the ultimate ambassadors of the music they loved.
Their efforts are truly rewarded in the number of people that now cannot disassociate the songs with the characters – songs like…EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY, GIMME SOME LOVIN, SWEET HOME CHICAGO, and even the unconventional RAW HIDE.
Somewhat mirroring the film, thirty years of rock solid rhythm and blues have been the foundation of this theatre production.
Featuring over 30 unforgettable classics of the era, including all the major songs from both films, THE BLUES BROTHERS (1980) AND BLUES BROTHERS 2000 (1998), this production definitely does not disappoint.
So don’t forget to dress for the occasion and be prepared to get down and boogie as you enjoy, listen, sing and dance with…