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Nationally touring ‘Blues Brothers’ will visit Culver Feb. 4

January 27, 2013

Culver Academies' Huffington Concert Series continues Monday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. with The Official Blues Brothers Revue, a nationally touring concert experience which integrates the humor and songs from the original "Blues Brothers" film and subsequent albums.

Produced by Judy Belushi Pisano -- widow of the late John Belushi, the original "Jake" character in the Blues Brothers -- and Dan Aykroyd (the original Elwood Blues), the Revue pays homage to Chicago's rich history of blues, soul music and gospel in the true spirit of the original Blues Brothers, according to the Revue's website at www.bbrevue.com.

Under the musical direction of longtime David Letterman (and, earlier, "Saturday Night Live" band director) Paul Shaffer, Jake, Elwood and the high-energy eight-piece Intercontinental Rhythm & Blues Revue Band "lay down a big sound, performed with the passion and precision of the original Blues Brothers," continues the website.

"Fun for all ages, The Official Blues Brothers Revue strikes the right balance of humor, music and mayhem featuring Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty as Jake and Elwood."

The characters of Jake and Elwood Blues, created by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in 1978, were initially imagined as frontmen for a fictitious American blues and soul band. Since their film debut in 1980, the irreverent characters have catapulted into a cultural phenomenon which Jeff Johnson of the Chicago Sun Times describes as “Infectious and unbridled energy.... it blows the roof off."

Tickets to the performance, which takes place at Eppley Auditorium, may be purchased at the Steinbrenner Performing Arts Center box office from 1 to 4 p.m., or at the Eppley Auditorium box office one hour prior to the performance. Questions may be directed to Marsha Coven at covenm@culver. org, or 574-842-7058.

Tickets are $20 (orchestra/ mezzanine) and $15 (senior or student), and $15 for balcony seats ($10 for seniors or students). All ticket sales are final, and the box office accepts cash, check, MasterCard, Visa and American Express.

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