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Blues­fest head­liner

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Orig­i­nal mem­bers hand-picked by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd have as­sem­bled the ul­ti­mate rhythm and blues re­view and have emerged as a pow­er­ful en­tity in their own right. The Blues Brothers Band is best known for the Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures fea­ture films The Blues Brothers and Blues Brothers 2000 and the At­lantic Record triple-plat­inum al­bum Brief­case Full of Blues and the sound­tracks from both films.

Since re­group­ing in 1988, the band has tri­umphantly per­formed each year in in­ter­na­tional venues large and small. In Europe the band played an un­prece­dented three sold-out nights in Paris’s pres­ti­gious Olympia Theater where the seats were re­moved for the first time in the his­tory of the theater to ac­com­mo­date the ex­cite­ment ex­changed be­tween the band and the au­di­ence dur­ing their per­for­mance. The band has head­lined at most of the jazz and blues fes­ti­vals through­out Europe, such as Nimes Fair, France; North Sea Jazz Fes­ti­val, the Nether­lands; Pis­toia Blues Fes­ti­val, Italy; and Mon­treux Jazz Fes­ti­val in Switzer­land, to au­di­ences es­ti­mated up to 60,000 in one per­for­mance.

The Blues Brothers Band’s al­bum, Live in Mon­treux was recorded at the Mon­treux Jazz Fes­ti­val and is avail­able on WEA, as is its sec­ond al­bum Red, White & Blues, which fea­tures guest Dan “El­wood Blues” Aykroyd on vo­cals and har­mon­ica.

Also avail­able on CD is the hugely suc­cess­ful Blues Brothers 2000 sound­track fea­tur­ing B.B. King, Eric Clap­ton, Steve Wind­wood, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Blues Trav­eler and many oth­ers.

Re­cent high­lights of the Blues Brothers’ mis­sion in­clude per­form­ing in At­lanta coinciding with the grand open­ing of the Sum­mer Olympics, head­lin­ing Su­per Bowl XXXI in New Or­leans along with James Brown and ZZ Top, and star­ring in the ful­l­length fea­ture film Blues Brothers 2000 with Aykroyd and John “Mighty Mack Blues” Good­man.

The Orig­i­nal Blues Brothers Band con­tin­ues to head­line jazz, blues and rock fes­ti­vals world­wide, on the suc­cess of

Blues Brothers 2000 and the hugely suc­cess­ful CD of the same name.

PHOTO: PEPE BOTELLA

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