published Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Official Blues Brothers Revue in Athens - March 12

Kieron Lafferty, left, and Wayne Catania re-create the personas of Elwood and Jakes Blues in the Official Blues Brothers Revue.
Kieron Lafferty, left, and Wayne Catania re-create the personas of Elwood and Jakes Blues in the Official Blues Brothers Revue.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

IF YOU GO

■ What: Official Blues Brothers Revue.

■ When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12.

■ Where: Athens City Middle School, Athens, Tenn.

■ Admission: $18 adults in advance, $20 at the door; $10 students.

■ Phone: 423-745-8781.

■ Email: office@athensartscouncil.org.

■ Website: www.athensartscouncil.org.

CRITIC’S PICK

“[Wayne] Catania is excellent as the more emotional and outspoken Jake, and [Kieron] Lafferty is astounding as the straight-faced and rigid Elwood. … The suits, the dancing in unison and all of the camaraderie that made the original couple so special was all here.” — Scott

“Dr. Music” Itter

The final act in the Big Time/Small Town Performance Season will bring a briefcase full of blues to Athens, Tenn., on Wednesday, March 12.

The Official Blues Brothers Revue features Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty as Jake and Elwood Blues, characters created by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as part of a musical sketch on “Saturday Night Live” in 1978. The actors parlayed the characters’ popularity into a film debut in 1980.

The revue, produced by Aykroyd, original music director Paul Shaffer and Belushi’s widow, Judy Belushi Pisano, pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, soul and gospel music. The progenies deliver the same humor and musical precision as the original Blue Brothers, complete with the big sound of an eight-piece backing band.

The show includes all the classics: “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Sweet Home Chicago,” “Rawhide” and “Gimme Some Lovin’.”

The show is presented by the Athens Area Council for the Arts.

Tickets are cheaper if purchased in advance.

They are available online, by phone, email or in person at The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens.

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