A TRIBUTE TO THE BLUES BROTHERS!
Often referred to as a “tribute band,” BRIEFCASE BLUES™ is much more than just a band. It is an authentic,seasoned, soul / rock & roll / rhythm & blues outfit that reproduces the “Blues Brothers” concert-show as originally created for the stage by Saturday Night Live comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.
From their first appearance in September of 1983 (only a year after John’s untimely passing), Briefcase Blues has endured for a record 28 years by essaying the best of the “Blues Brothers” tunes and other carefully selected songs. Combined with the music, delivered by a consistently professional 7 to 8 piece band, Briefcase Blues has been fronted for over 2-1/2 decades by the lead performances of vocalist J. Leggio (as “Joliet Jake Blues”) and vocalist-harmonica player Lee Schwing (as “Elwood Blues”). In terms of sheer lineage, Briefcase Blues precedes any other show in the known entertainment world portraying “Jake and Elwood” – tribute band or not – by years, if not decades, of duration.
Rather than create a parody or variation of the original “Jake and Elwood” characters, Leggio and Schwing have worked over the years to stick to the characterizations and vocal / musical stylings that Aykroyd and Belushi originally used to make the two “brothers in the blues” come to life. Leggio keeps his vocals raw, snarling and true to Belushi’s Chicago-born sound; Schwing keeps his feet moving, his attitude reticent and his blues harps pushing out wailing notes through the mic…all backed by a powerful band and horn section.
Tickets $20-available online or at Riverside Lanes. Available day of show at the Colusa Theatre Box Office
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