Our 2011/2012 season got the amazing start it deserved over the weekend with The Official Blues Brothers Revue. While I didn’t get to spend all the time with them that I wanted, they were kind enough to help us promote Eat Your Art Out and let me know that the Jake and Elwood on their knuckles were in fact, not real. Kind of a bummer but they get an A+ for the attention to detail.
The whole show was just great. Elwood even did a rendition of Cab Calloway/Curtis Blues’ “Minnie the Moocher” that would have made him proud, scat singing an all.
But why keep telling this when I can show it? That’s what you can here for, right?
How do you start off a Blues Brothers show? By doing a cartwheel, of course.
You heard the boys, give them some lovin’!
And just because I’m a sucker for a tall dude in a black with a harmonica.
We’re keeping the energy high this week with a show by our annual favorites, Gaelic Storm. They have been to the Center so many times over the years and I have yet to see them live.
Bad, bad Caitie! I’m so ashamed right now. I’ve heard them before with friends at their houses or driving some place, and I loved their sound from the moment that I heard them. With a song like “The Night I Punched Russell Crowe“, how can you not love them?
They roll into town on Friday, and because I love everyone to pieces, I might be able to pull something together for a lucky person that comes to the show. (Fingers crossed!)
And lordy, do I love Blues Brothers. There is just something about ditching Carrie Fisher, Illinois Nazis and cracked out country western musicians that I’ll never get tired of. Plus like I mentioned in my Monday Mashup, the Blues Brothers opened this whole new world for me and I they’ll always have that special place in my heart.
The Official Blues Brothers Revue is all that the Blues Brothers were, and more. The East Valley Tribune was able to sit down with Kieron Lafferty (better known as Elwood) and he can describe the show better than I can. Give it a look here.
So I’m going to need you, you and you, to catch this show. If you’re still a tad hesitant, I have a video for you to help make up your mind, and I’ll see ya’ll tomorrow.
Q: How many miles will it take me to get to Chicago if I have a full tank of gas and half a pack of cigarettes, but only if I go when it’s dark and I’m wearing sunglasses.
A: 106 miles.
I would have also accepted “Caitie it’s only Monday and you’re going to start quoting Blues Brothers already?” Yes. Yes I am.
I can remember watching Blues Brothers when I was a little kid, and I may not have gotten the whole story (I had the attention span of a hamster) but one thing that I can remember clearly was the music. It was my first introduction to Cab Calloway, John Lee Hooker, Sam and Dave, and by extension Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix’s (his blues songs, at least). I could go on all day.
But I won’t, because where’s the fun in that? The fun doesn’t start until Saturday, when we’re bringing the closest thing to the real Jake and Elwood to the Center to strut their stuff and show us Zonies how Chicago does the blues.
The Official Blues Brothers Revue is the only Blues Brothers act that is sanctioned by the Belushi estate and Dan Ackroyd, which means that it really is the only Blues Brothers that is worth watching. Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty (better known as Jake and Elwood) looks, sound and act just like the Jake and Elwood in the SNL skits and movie, right down to their names tattooed on their knuckles. Remind me to ask them if it’s permanent or not.
I can’t think of a better way to kick off the season than with a show that will make you stand up and dance, whether you’re someone who saw Muddy Waters, Janis Joplin and Ray Charles live, or you first listened to Ma Rainey, Louis Armstrong and the Little Smokey Brothers on your iPod. Also, get your tickets today for the show and you’ll have the heads up on a contest to meet Jake and Elwood.
It may only be June, but at CCA, we’re already focusing on our fall line up, and I couldn’t be more excited. To share some of the good vibes that we have around the office, we’re going to give away two free tickets to our season opener. It’s the best of the Blues Brothers and you won’t want to miss this amazing show that kicks off an even better season.
So, how does one enter to win these free tickets, you ask?
Follow us on Twitter and watch for tweets with #BluesinChandler. Once you see those tweets, simply retweet them and bam, you’re in. I’ll randomly draw a winner from the entries once we reach 1,200 followers. Just remember, you can only be entered into the drawing if you’re following us and you retweet us.
Any questions, give me a yell, I’m always around.