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Thirty years after walking out of the Joliet Correctional Facility and the Blues Brothers are still making headlines — and not just for their recidivist tendencies and penchant for destruction of public property. Here, you'll find the latest news on the exploits of Jake, Elwood, and the band. And if you haven’t already, you can register with us to receive regular email updates from The Official Blues Brothers Site.
Jul
19
2017

THE BLUES BROTHERS WITH THE SACRED HEARTS

Dan Aykroyd is back as Elwood Blues, joined by Jim Belushi as Zee Blues. Together, Elwood and Zee bring the magic of the legendary Blues Brothers to life in an electrifying live show backed by The Sacred Hearts. It’s an evening of singing and dancing to hits from the official Blues...

Jun
11
2017

What Would Duck Do?

About 58 years ago in Memphis, Tennessee, a couple of young boys met and became friends in the 6th grade. A few years later, their hobbies would turn from riding bikes to learning how to play the guitar and listening to Hank Ballard and Bo Diddley. Though both of the boys started out on guitar,...

Jun
8
2017

Blues Brothers, Beach Boys to play PBS' 'A Capitol Fourth,' hosted by John Stamos

Actor and producer John Stamos is set to host the 37th annual edition of PBS’ “A Capitol Fourth,” broadcast live from the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The music and fireworks extravaganza will kick off the country’s 241st birthday with performances by Dan Aykroyd...

Apr
6
2017

Dan Akroyd Wins Intellectual Property Case Related to Crystal Head Vodka

Dan Akroyd and his Crystal Head Vodka were at the center of an intellectual property jury trial. Akroyd contended that the Crystal Head Vodka bottle design was stolen to create the bottle design for KAH tequila. Kim Brandi is the founder of Elements Spirits and the defendant in the case. She...

Mar
20
2017

Chuck Berry, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 90

The New York Times By JON PARELES MARCH 18, 201 7 Chuck Berry, who with his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties did as much as anyone to define rock ’n’ roll’s potential and...

Jan
2
2017

Dan Aykroyd Posts Tribute to Friend and Former Fiance, Carrie Fisher

Dan Aykroyd has paid tribute to his friend Carrie Fisher, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 60, in a post to his Twitter page. The actor wrote: “ Our beautiful brilliant funny wise kind and generous Blues Sister – so ironic – Xmas was Carrie’s favorite...

Dec
2
2016

Smithsonian receives instruments donation from guitarist Steve Cropper

by Emmanuel Legrand. Music Week December 2nd 2016  Th e amplifier that Steve Cropper used during the recording of Booker T & The MGs' 1962 track Green Onions, alongside three of his vintage Fender guitars are now part of US heritage after they were donated by the...

Sep
30
2016

The Original Blues Brothers Band sadly announces the death of bandmate Eric Udel

    We are devastated to report that Eric Udel, who played bass for the Original Blues Brothers Band for the past 15 years, passed away this Wednesday after collapsing on the streets of NYC and lingering in a comma for a few days. Following is the post Steve Cropper put...

Aug
24
2016

A John Belushi Documentary is in the works At Showtime

  By Denise Petski. Showtime is teaming with  Listen to Me Marlon  filmmakers R.J. Cutler ( The September Issue, The World According to Dick Cheney ) and John Battsek ( Searching For Sugar Man, The Tillman Story ) on a feature-length documentary...

May
14
2016

Cheers to plans to bring the Blues Brothers to television as a prime-time animated comedy series.

Todd Mizener/tmizener@qconline.com Mike Heber, of the Rock Inland Public works department, laughs after he finishes bloting down the newly refurbished Blues Brothers statues in the District of Rock Island, Friday, May 2, 2014. The monthlong restoration of the life-size fiberglass...

May
3
2016

BENTO BOX ENTERTAINMENT TO DEVELOP & PRODUCE ‘THE BLUES BROTHERS’ PRIMETIME ANIMATED SERIES WITH DAN AYKROYD, JUDY BELUSHI AND ANNE BEATTS

    Music, Mayhem and Comedy Starring Jake & Elwood Blues and featuring  Special Musical Guests   LOS ANGELES, May 3, 2016 – Bento Box Entertainment (BBE) , an independent, Emmy® Award-winning studio (FOX’S Bob’s...

Apr
22
2016

April 22,1978 Was the Blues Brothers second appearance as the musical guest on SNL.

The Blues Brothers first appeared on Saturday Night Live on January 17, 1976.
The band made its second appearance as the musical guest on the April 22, 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live.
They made their third and final appearance on November 18, 1978.

Apr
8
2016

Jon Daly, Matt Walsh, John Gemberling, and More Join Netflix’s ‘National Lampoon’ Movie

John Gemberling will be playing John Belushi   BY MEGH WRIGHT APRIL 8, 2016 David Wain’s movie about  National Lampoon  co-founder Doug Kenney continues to take shape with some great comedy people, and a few more additions to the cast have been announced. In...

Mar
30
2016

1,000-pound Jake statue stolen in Gadsden

GADSDEN, Ala. — Gadsden police say thieves appear to have stolen a 1,000-pound statue of John Belushi depicted as a Blues Brother.  The statue was reported taken Monday from the now-closed Blues Bar location on Second Street in Gadsden. Police say they believe it took more...

Mar
18
2016

Official Blues Brothers Revue To Get Some Lovin' In Ocala

OCALA STAR-BANNER BY RICK ALLEN OCALA STAR-BANNER, FLA. Forty years ago, comedians Dan Akyroyd and John Belushi created one of the most iconic acts in the history of "Saturday Night Live": The Blues Brothers. In addition to multiple appearances on the sketch-comedy program, the...

Mar
6
2016

The Blues Brothers Starring – Dan Aykroyd & Jim Belushi (Review)

  By John Curley  Audience members heading for The Blues Brothers’ show at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ on Friday, March 4th very likely had an inkling that they were in for a very special night of entertainment when, turning the corner from Bloomfield...

Mar
5
2016

YEAR 34 SINCE JOHN BELUSHI LAST TRAVERSED OUR WORLD.

John Adam Belushi, the son of a Chicago Albanian-American restaurateur in Chicago, once said, "I owe it all to little chocolate donuts". In under a decade, John traveled from the the Second City stage to the stage and airwaves of the National Lampoon and on to the world of Saturday...

Feb
10
2016

Second City to Open Harold Ramis Film School in Chicago

The school named for the comedy legend is expected to open this fall.Winnetka-Glencoe, IL By  PATCH CHICAGO  Second City announced Tuesday the comedy outfit will open “the world’s first film school dedicated to comedy” and name the school for the late...

Jan
24
2016

"WEST HEAVEN" A TRIBUTE TO JOHN BELUSHI

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHN! In honor of John's birthday (January 24), I have posted the video "West Heaven," a lovingly presented remembrance of John produced in 1983 by his wife, Judy, with an original song from friend and colleague, Rhonda Coullet. Enjoy!


Nov
2
2015

Blues Bros First Official Halloween Costume Winners!

What? You didn't know there was a costume contest. With prizes!! Well, maybe that's because our usually reliable Rufus Thurgood forgot to announce the contest. There have been rumors he's over-worked, but the other guys at BB HQ aren't so sure. So here are our...

Oct
27
2015

John Belushi’s secret hideaway near Wick Airport

Colin Bruce, aged 15, with John Belushi at Wick Airport and wearing the Walkman gifted by the star Comedian and actor John Belushi was at the height of The Blue Brothers craze when he hid out in a Caithness castle, mingled with the locals, went fishing for mackerel and...

Sep
28
2015

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

By Monie Castillo |  September 27, 2015  Today it seems as if boundary-pushing comedy is everywhere. From award-winning Comedy Central shows and late night variety, to comic strips in the morning paper and viral videos that distract you at work, it becomes easy to...

Aug
23
2015

The Blues Brothers – “We’re on a mission from God.”

Some films are just so much fun to watch that they can seriously outrank other films. Mainly comedies, they don’t have to have serious undertones or heartfelt emotional development. Sometimes all a great film needs is to be able to uplift someone. I’d wager that most of you...

Aug
5
2015

The Closing of The House Of Blues on Sunset Strip.

The House of Blues Sunset Strip, which closed its doors for good last night following a performance by Steel Panther By:  Joseph Cirilo     AXS Contributor   Aug 6, 2014 After 20 years of being in the business, The House Of Blues on Sunset Blvd,...

Jul
3
2015

Jake and Elwood Celebrate July 4th in Style

The island of Cuttyhunk is the outermost of the Elizabeth Islands, located off Cape Code near Martha’s Vineyard. It is widely believed that Cuttyhunk was the first English settlement in New England.  With a land mass of 580 acres and a population of fewer than 100...

Jun
19
2015

THE BLUES BROTHERS: KING BEES AND RUBBER BISCUITS

On the 35th anniversary of the release of 'The Blues Brothers,' Bio recalls the genesis of this landmark movie comedy.   During the first season of Saturday Night Live , one of the first recurring skits – on a show famous for them – involved cast members...

Jun
16
2015

THE BLUES BROTHERS MOVIE CHICAGO PREMIER 6/16/80, 35 YEARS AGO

35 years ago today, on June 16, 1980, The Blues Brothers , the movie starring John Belushi  and Dan Aykroyd  premiered in Chicago. Universal Studios was very unsure how the film would do, so they did a slow release over the next few days in the rest of the country. The...

Apr
22
2015

37 YEARS AGO TODAY JOHN BELUSHI & DAN AYKROYD PERFORMED AS THE BLUES BROTHERS FOR THE FIRST TIME ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

On this date in 1978, The Blues Brothers (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd ) make their debut on Saturday Night Live, later becoming the first characters from the show to get their own movie. They're not so much a comedy act as a musical one, as both Belushi and Aykroyd love to play...

Mar
10
2015

Remembering The Blues Brothers: Music Mission Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & NOW Part 6

  Part 1: The Fruits and the Roots of the Blues Brothers.  By Darren Weale   The Blues Brothers, Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues, are fictional characters, but fictional characters that progressed through television appearances, two movies and live shows to become real to...

Feb
20
2015

Live from New York, it's Saturday night. 40 years of SNL

With comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live entering its 40th anniversary this year, the show is celebrating its landmark year by hosting a three and a half hour special featuring guests and stars from the show’s 40 years on air. The show started back in 1975...

Oct
30
2014

‘Hey Bartender,’ John Belushi with Allman Brothers

  Those attending the Allman Brothers Band concert at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic on April 20, 1979, might have been expecting something special, since the show was being broadcast live on WNEW-FM. And they got, probably, a bigger surprise than they were expecting when John...

Oct
27
2014

Dan Aykroyd: The Big Interview - Ghostbusters 3, The Blues Brothers and much more!

DanDan Aykroyd chats with Empire's JJ about Crystal Head Vodka, Ghostbusters 3, why Bill Murray said no, almost marrying Carrie Fisher and hanging with James Brown on The Blues Brothers and his best friend John Belushi.

Interview On YouTube  Go »


Aug
28
2014

'Ghostbusters' Director: Slimer Was A Tribute To John Belushi

Slimer

In the iconic film "Ghostbusters," the first ectoplasm ghost our heroes capture is a green creature named Slimer, who has a hefty appetite and leaves a slime trail everywhere he goes. 'Ghostbusters' director Ivan Reiter told HuffPost Live on Friday that Slimer is a sort of tribute to the late John Belushi. Go »


Aug
26
2014

THE BLUES BROTHERS – The Most Important Artist Of My Generation?

Are The Blues Brothers the most important artist of my generation? Read on to find out why I think this could be the caseI started writing this post two weeks ago, postulating that The Blues Brothers might be the most influential band of my generation.  KamerTunesBlog. Go » 


Mar
10
2014

What an honor! “College of DuPage honors Belushi brothers – Renaming hall”

MCANINCH ARTS CENTER’S 800-SEAT PERFORMANCE HALL RENAMED IN HONOR OF ALUMNI JOHN AND JIM BELUSHI  GLEN ELLYN, Ill. – McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage (COD) capped the March 8 MAC’s Grand Opening MAC Madness Celebration Benefit with an announcement that the...

Jan
1
2013

THE BLUES BROTHERS OFFICIAL WEBSITE IS NOW ONLINE!

New site will serve as the exclusive, officially sanctioned digital domain of  Jake and Elwood Blues.     THE Blues Brothers Official Site IS NOW ONLINE!   New site will serve as the exclusive, officially sanctioned digital domain of Jake and Elwood Blues....

Backstage

Where in the World

OBBR At Rib Fest set to be finger-lickin' fun

Date: Sep. 02. 2017

Title: OBBR At Rib Fest set to be finger-lickin' fun

Location: Menominee Park

Address: E Irving Ave & Hazel St,
OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN

OBBR At Arcada Theater Building

Date: Sep. 14. 2017

Title: OBBR At Arcada Theater Building

Location: Arcada Theater Building

Address: 105 E Main St
ST CHARLES, ILLINOIS