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  • Dec 05 2018 Dan Aykroyd,(Elwood) Jim Belushi (Zee) bringing The Blues Brothers to Minnesota It's a New Year's Eve show at Treasure Island Calling all soul men, you'll be needed at Treasure Island Resort & Casino on New Year's Eve for The Blues Brothers concert. Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi are bringing the famous act to the Welch, Minnesota casino's Island Event & Convention Center for a bash that'll start at 10:30 p.m. and help ring in 2019 in style.... Read More »
  • Aug 16 2018 Aretha Franklin, "Queen of Soul," is dead at 76 Last Updated Aug 16, 2018 11:30 AM EDT Aretha Franklin 1942-2018   © 2018 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. Aretha Franklin , the Queen of Soul, died Thursday morning at her home in Detroit from advanced pancreatic cancer, her family said in a statement. She was 76 years old. The family said that the cause... Read More »
  • Jul 23 2018 Break out the togas — ‘Animal House’ turns 40     The way John Landis remembers it, only actor John Vernon grasped the significance of “Animal House” while it was being made. The director himself had his hands full between shooting the film and arguing with suits at Universal, where it had the support of only two executives, Sean Daniel and Thom Mount. But the veteran character actor, who was playing his... Read More »
  • Oct 25 2017 Fats Domino, Architect Of Rock And Roll, Dead At 89 Fats Domino, one of the architects of rock 'n' roll, died yesterday at 89 years old at his daughter's suburban New Orleans home. Haydee Ellis, a family friend, confirmed the news to NPR. Mark Bone, chief investigator for the Jefferson Parish Coroner's office, tells NPR Domino died of natural causes. In the 1940s, Antoine Domino, Jr. was working at a mattress factory in New Orleans and... Read More »
  • Oct 11 2017 Happy 42, Saturday Night Live! The premiere airing of Saturday Night Live, 42 years ago this month on NBC, marked the moment that set in motion a revolution in the composition of both late night television and the American comedy scene. It is also the night millions of Americans were first introduced to John Belushi — undeniably the ringleader of the movement. The program, which at first... Read More »
  • Sep 11 2017 Traveling ‘SNL’ Exhibit to Set Up Shop in Chicago Next Month By  Bill Tressler  on September 10, 2017. The Interro Bang. Saturday Night Live : The Experience  is coming to Chicago! The 500-artifact museum exhibition, which was previously stationed in New York City last year, will be on display for 14 months at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications beginning on  October 21st . The exhibit... Read More »
  • Sep 06 2017 What's in store: House of Blues New Orleans By  Padmini Parthasarathy. Gambit weekly   The venue opened in 1994 Frequent concertgoers in the city probably have been to  House of Blues  (225 Decatur St., 504-310-4999; ) at least once. General Manager Robert Rizzuto explains the idea for the venue was conceived after the success of "The Blues Brothers"... Read More »
  • 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 Brothers canon like “Soul Man” and “Sweet Home Chicago” plus classic tunes from... Read More »
  • 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, one of them decided to switch to bass soon after. A Kay bass was purchased, a band was formed, and... Read More »
  • Jun 08 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 and Jim Belushi of The Blues Brothers; The Beach Boys, featuring John Stamos (drums) and Sugar... Read More »
  • Apr 06 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 said under oath that she had never even seen Crystal Head before. Akroyd’s attorney called a... Read More »
  • 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 attitude in its early years, died on Saturday at his home near Wentzville, Mo. He was 90. The St.... Read More »
  • Jan 02 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 thing next to babies. ” His tweet’s first comment features an animation of Carrie... Read More »
  • Dec 02 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 American guitarist, songwriter, producer and performer to the Smithsonian's National Museum of... Read More »
  • 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 on his Facebook page:   Friends, Unfortunately, we have lost another — one of the... Read More »
  • 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 about the life and times of comic legend John Belushi. the first time, Showtime says,... Read More »
  • May 14 2016 Cheers to plans to bring the Blues Brothers to television as a prime-time animated comedy series. Todd Mizener/ 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 statues was done by Navarro Camoe Rock Island. For behind the scenes video of the restoration process go... Read More »
  • May 03 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 Burgers; Comedy Central’s Legends of Chamberlin Heights; YouTube’s Glove & Boots ),... Read More »
  • 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. Read More »
  • Apr 08 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 addition to  Will Forte  as Kenney,  Joel McHale  as Chevy Chase, Domhnall... Read More »
  • 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 than one person to steal the statue, due to its weight.   The Dan Aykroyd portion of the... Read 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 brothers starred in a couple of movies, cranked out a handful of albums including the chart-topping... Read More »
  • Mar 06 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 Avenue onto Seymour Street, they were greeted with the magnificent sight of the Bluesmobile from the... Read More »
  • Mar 05 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 Night Live, Animal House, and ultimately, the multi-media world of the The Blues... Read More »
  • 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 Second City alum Harold Ramis. The school is expected to open in the fall. Ramis, who died in 2014,... Read More »
  • 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! Read More »
  • Nov 02 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 winners -- the only submission we got. But are they really "winners"? You be the judge:... Read More »
  • 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 bought a new set of hats from a shop in Wick. It was summer 1980 and The Blues Brothers had... Read More »
  • 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 forget, in all this ubiquity, how many topics were off-limits and how controlled the means of production... Read More »
  • 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 have one or maybe even several films that you can watch and be in a great mood afterwards. For me,... Read More »
  • Aug 05 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, has closed down in order to find a new permanent location in Los Angeles according to a recent... Read More »
  • Jul 03 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 residents, the island is known for lighthouses, striped bass and shipwrecks. We’re not certain what... Read More »
  • 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 appearing onstage in bee suits. With the exception of the “killer” bees skit, which featured the... Read More »
  • 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 film ended up grossing over $115,000,000.00 before it went for home release. During filming... Read More »
  • 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 the blues. For their debut on the show, they play a cover of 'Soul Man' by Sam & Dave, who they... Read More »
  • 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 countless people worldwide.   In the decades since they first donned their black hats and... Read More »
  • 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 and was simply called NBC'S Saturday Night as another show held the Saturday Night Live title,... Read More »
  • 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 Belushi showed up during the encores to sing the blues standard, “Hey Bartender,” with the... Read More »
  • Oct 27 2014 Dan Aykroyd: The Big Interview - Ghostbusters 3, The Blues Brothers and much more! Dan 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 » Read More »
  • Aug 28 2014 'Ghostbusters' Director: Slimer Was A Tribute To John Belushi 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 » Read More »


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OBBR At Preston Arts Center

Date: Feb. 21. 2019

Title: OBBR At Preston Arts Center

Location: Preston Arts Center

Address: 2660 Green St

OBBR At Honeywell Center

Date: Feb. 22. 2019

Title: OBBR At Honeywell Center

Location: Honeywell Cente

Address: 275 W. Market St