The award-winning Chicago Blues Brothers present the world’s biggest and best tribute to the legendary Blues Brothers with new show, Motown Mission, coming to Peterborough’s Key Theatre on Friday October 5.
Expect a two hour high energy, all-singing, all-dancing songfest featuring over 40 smash hits – many of which were featured in the Blues Brothers films – performed live in concert. Fronting the 9-piece band is the brilliant Chris Hindle as Joliet ‘Jake’ Blues and Gareth Davey as Elwood Blues.
Chris also serves as the show’s musical arranger and producer and says audiences can expect the same Blues Brother energy but with a Motown twist – “One of the things I love about being a Chicago Blues Brother is the chance to carry on the legacy of the legendary John Belushi as Jake Blues; he was a crazy, funny guy who was unpredictable and wild – very much like me! ‘Motown Mission’ is a great show – we perform original music from the Blues Brothers films as well as many hits from the 50s, 60s, and 70s and wherever we go, audiences know most of the numbers – it’s a total blast from start to finish!”
The Chicago Blues Brothers capture the sound, energy, humour and characters that propelled John Landis’ classic 1980 film to worldwide fame. ‘The Blues Brothers’ starred John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles and many more and achieved worldwide cult status.
Chris Hindle trained at the De Costa Academy of Singing in York; a natural tenor and performer. In Joliet Jake Blues, Chris has truly found his calling and he says Motown Mission brings a new slant to this year’s show.
“This is something new, it’s never been done before in Blues Brothers history. The band were basically a cover band, and we are a cover band of a cover band, so we decided to take on some of Motown’s biggest hits and combine them with the Blues Brothers Biggest Classics to create a non- stop two hour party – I’m looking forward to seeing my creation and production come to life and I can’t wait to see the public’s reaction – I’m hoping they’re gonna love it!”
Award winning vocalist Gareth ‘Elwood’ Davey was a well established solo artist before joining The Chicago Blues Brothers. From deep bluesy bass vocals to sweet soulful falsetto, Gareth possesses a rare vocal range that perfectly suits his role as Elwood Blues, the role originally performed by Dan Aykroyd. A born entertainer, Gareth is a natural dancer, a born musician and has a dynamic stage presence which audiences love.
Gareth says he’s looking forward to the new show – “I’ve always loved the Motown sound – since I was a kid those artists have been there as a soundtrack to some very memorable moments in my life – so to perform some of these songs live onstage with a big band is just something I never dreamed of. I can’t wait!”
Photos: Jonathon Cuff