Available in Yorkshire and the Humber Based in: Wakefield, Yorkshire and the Humber
(7 Reviews) From: £1000
Direct from London's West End, The award-winning spectacular is Europe’s biggest and best-loved production of the Blues Brothers. The show is a high-octane, adrenaline-pumping musical mash-up that presents the best material from the original Blues Brothers movies. ... (more)
Available in Yorkshire and the Humber Based in: Birmingham, West Midlands
This really is the most fun-filled, crazy, sing-a-long, dance-a-long, audience participating, action packed and entertaining Blues Brothers act you could ever book! Based from Bedford UK, working worldwide. Suitable for Weddings, Parties, Corporate Events & much more.... (more)
Available in Yorkshire and the Humber Based in: Maidstone, South East
(no reviews) From: £500
12 piece Blues Brothers Tribute Act. Blues Brothers with full backing band, including Brass Section and Backing Singers. 14 years experience performing Blues Brothers music from the films and albums.
Superb Live show, suitable for all ages. Top quality Tribute Act. ... (more)
THE CHICAGO BLUES BROTHERS – BACK TO BLACK TOUR – PLAYHOUSE WHITLEY BAY
It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it!…..OK, its 13 miles to Whitley Bay, I’ve just filled up with petrol, I packed in smoking 10 years ago and my shades aren’t that dark – but I am on a mission. Not from God, this time its a mission for Nights out in Newcastle to cover “The Chicago Blues Brothers” at Playhouse Whitley Bay.
To say I‘m looking forward to this show would be a massive understatement – I first watched the “Blues Brothers” movie when I was 14 years old, back in the early 80’s when Rubik Cubes were the latest craze. I was totally taken by how cool this “John Landis” musical spectacular was, the amazing car chases, the dark suits and pork pie or fedora hats, the fast and furious humour getting knocked about – but most of all, the soundtrack. The majority of the next school da ...y was spent quoting the many catch-phrases, copying the daft dancing of Jake (John Belushi) and Elwood (Dan Ackroyd) and singing all the catchy hits from the film – no wonder it went on to have cult status. Rock and roll on, 30 odd years, and the band are back together again with an all new production for 2017 – the “Back in Black” tour promises a 2 hour songfest, including well over 40 hits from the film – lets hope it delivers.
Arriving 20 minutes early, we were expecting the Playhouse to be ram packed, unfortunately, due to the heavy presence of the Illinois law enforcement community, tonight’s show at the Palace Hotel Ballroom (aka the Playhouse) isn’t going to be a sell out. Our seats for tonight’s performance were excellent, Row G, seats 7 and 8, approx 7 rows from front of stage – to be honest, it wouldn’t matter were you sat as the Playhouse is really well laid out with good vision from all area’s to the stage. The theatre was just starting to fill up a little with an audience made up mainly by couples, in their 50’s and 60’s, a few small families, one with an 11 year old lad dressed with pork pie hat for the occasion, and several groups of friends out for a good night of singing, dancing and reminiscing.
7.30pm prompt, the loud chatting turned to gentle whispers, as the theatre lights slowly dim. After a few brief seconds the silence shatters, abruptly, with an explosion of brass – sax, trumpet and trombone, all played together in perfect harmony, bring the stage to light and lift tonight’s concert well and truly off the ground. Hitting it running, or dancing, are Jake and Elwood who take over centre stage with their crazy footwork – their first track “Soul Man”, backed up perfectly by the sweet soul sisters, is an instant crowd pleaser and a perfect opener. Bringing up the rear are the 2 guitarists and a drummer who complete the group who are spread evenly across the small stage. The huge full length backdrop, printed with various scenes from the film and cartoon type images of the Palace Hotel, draws you back in time to the concert that never finished. This, along with the minimalistic lighting and the dry ice smoke slowly drifting across the stage, adds to the atmosphere and finishes the set off nicely. Without waiting for applause, they head straight into “Hold on, I’m comin” this time accompanied by the brass trio appearing front of stage – both these tracks get the audience up to speed, singing their hearts out and clapping along in time with the beat. Taking a breather from the energetic dancing, the Blues Brothers introduce themselves and have everyone laughing with their banter – especially while picking on a few audience members who’ve come dressed to impress, mirroring their idols with their Blues Brothers outfits. The billing promises 40+ hits from the film, well, an hour in and it seems like they’ve reached that target already – each one sung with typical “Blues Brothers” style, backed up brilliantly by the band and the fantastic harmonising talents of the 2 female backing vocalists. By 8.30pm they’ve certainly delivered and deserve a much-needed break.
Interlude over, and ice creams cleared away, Cab Calloway takes to the stage in his trademark white suit and has a bash at “Minnie the Moocher” and nails it. Following on from this, the very Reverend, “James Brown”, dressed in his preaching finest, makes an appearance and has everyone converted. Most, if not all, of the ecstatic audience are now singing and dancing along to the rhythmic “Sex Machine”. Not letting the Brothers have it all their own way, the female backing singers both attempt solo pieces, yet again the vocals are on point with “Freedom”, by Aretha Franklin, stealing the limelight, a little. Classic, after Blues Brother classic were belted out with style, craziness and finesse, and just when I thought they could go on all night, they finally ran out of songs.
Closing the show with a final encore of “Let the good times roll” had the whole audience up on their feet, singing and dancing in the aisles and along the front of stage. A foot stomping 2 hours of infectious fun and some of the best entertainment anyone could ask for, along with a smidgen of classy brass.
A brilliant show, well worth a watch, right, where’s my VHS copy of the Blues Brothers – I’m on a mission!
Chicago Blues Brothers Back in black – Guest Blog by John Gregson (Blade Printers), courtesy of Nights Out In Newcastle.
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