Feel Good with Blues Brothers

BRIFCASE BLUES: Chris Cartwright as Elwood and Mario Megaro as Joliet Jake in the UK tribute act

BRIFCASE BLUES: Chris Cartwright as Elwood and Mario Megaro as Joliet Jake in the UK tribute act

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YOU are invited to shake your tail feather at a fun-packed Blues Brothers charity night at the Villa Marina tomorrow (Friday).

The Briefcase Blues Brothers offers a full eight-piece tribute show jam-packed with all the classics, including Everybody Needs Somebody, I Feel Good, Higher and Higher, Shake Your Tail Feather, Mustang Sally and many more.

The original Blues Brothers are an American blues and soul revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedy actors Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on the US tv show Saturday Night Live.

Belushi and Aykroyd, respectively in character as lead vocalist Joliet Jake Blues and harmonica player/backing vocalist Elwood Blues, fronted the band, which was composed of well-known and respected musicians. The band began to take on a life beyond the confines of the television screen, releasing an album, Briefcase Full of Blues, in 1978, and then having a Hollywood film, The Blues Brothers, created around its characters in 1980.

After the death of Belushi in 1982, the Blues Brothers have continued to perform with a rotation of guest singers and other band members. The band reformed in 1988 for a world tour and again in 1998 for a sequel to the film, Blues Brothers 2000.

UK tribute band The Briefcase Blues Brothers, which has been performing to audiences across Britain and the world for more than 13 years, features Mario Megaro as Joliet Jake and Chris Cartwright as Elwood.

Mario has been singing since the age of seven and has been performing and fronting live bands since 1991. He started The Briefcase Blues Brothers in 1998.

Meanwhile, Chris was the original Elwood for the show and returned to the role in 2009. He has been performing on stage since the early 80s and has worked with Mario in various shows over the last 16 years. He has also appeared on stage at The Oxford University Members Society in a Rocky Horror tribute alongside the legendary Richard O’Brian and Patricia Quinn. Chris combines his Elwood duties with professional photography, and will also soon be seen as Bjorn in Abba tribute band Honey Honey.

For their Manx show, the duo will take to the stage with a full band including drums, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, trumpet and saxophone.

And they promise a night which recreates the energy and excitement of the original band and cult movie.

All proceeds from this event will go towards supporting the work of island charity Junior Achievement.

Sue Cook, of the charity, said: ‘With Christmas nearly upon us The Briefcase Blues Brothers will be a fantastic party night.

‘The fabulous tribute act is an eight-piece show band playing all your favourite songs. And to finish off the evening Chris Williams from Manx Radio will DJ until midnight.’

The show, which is sponsored by Davisons Ice Cream and The Italian Job and is in association with Manx Radio, starts at 8.15pm.

Tickets cost £20 and are available from the box office on 600555.

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