'Blues Brothers' in DL this Thursday
One of the highlights of Saturday Night Live’s golden era was the musical stylings of the Blues Brothers, as brought to life by comedians Dan Aykroyd and the late John Belushi.
This Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m., the Historic Holmes Theatre will play host to the only duo sanctioned by Aykroyd and Judith Belushi (John’s widow) to don the official hats and sunglasses, and follow in the legendary footsteps of Jake and Elwood Blues.
Yes, the Official Blues Brothers Revue is coming to Detroit Lakes, for a one-night-only show that recreates the 1980 hit movie “The Blues Brothers,” which made Aykroyd and Belushi into comedy legends while showcasing some of the best classic rhythm and blues music that Chicago has ever produced.
Discovered in Las Vegas, performers Wayne Catania (Jake) and Kieron Lafferty (Elwood) take quite seriously their task of capturing the infectious humor and unbridled spirit that made the 1970s movie so enduringly popular, for audiences that “range in age from 8 to 80,” said Lafferty in a Monday telephone interview.
Sometimes, their audience can even be younger than that, Catania added, recalling one memorable 3-year-old fan who came to a recent show decked out in full Blues Brothers costume.
“His heroes right now are Jake and Elwood Blues,” said Catania.
“So many people around the world know who Jake and Elwood are,” he added.
Though the comedy is undoubtedly part of the show’s enduring appeal, another is the “wonderful playlist of music,” as performed by a powerful 8-piece band known as the Intercontinental Rhythm & Blues Revue Band, which includes “a full rhythm section, full horn section, Jake, Elwood and a backup singer,” said Lafferty.
“We have the pleasure of working with Ebony Taylor,” he said, adding that she is the niece of legendary Chicago blues singer KoKo Taylor.
“She brings us some of that wonderful, authentic Chicago rhythm and blues, from the point of view of women.”
Though the show does not always follow exactly the same formula — they do take requests from the audience, Catania noted — it does generally include such memorable tunes as “Rawhide” and “Soul Man,” which are the two most requested songs in their repertoire, he added.
Other memorable tunes in the Blues Brothers’ five-album catalog include “Sweet Home Chicago, “Rubber Biscuit” and “Gimme Some Lovin.’”
The show also includes a multimedia element that incorporates information about the songwriters and performers who originally made these songs famous, said Lafferty.
“We do a little bit of education in the blues … it’s interesting to take note of who’s responsible for the soundtrack that we’ve listened to throughout our lives,” he added. And of course, there’s the memorable one-liners and shtick that made the comedy flick so popular worldwide.
“Music and comedy are so closely linked together,” said Catania, “it’s a great way to deliver these classic rhythm, blues and soul tunes … and it’s a gas to do these characters.”
Tickets for Thursday night’s show are $28 for adults, $14 for students and are available online at www.dlccc.org, by calling 218-844-SHOW(7469) or at the Holmes Theatre Box Office, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.
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