High-Octane, 'Official Blues Brothers Revue' coming to Tech's Macey Center Sept. 21

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Brothers Joliet "Jake" and Elwood Blues and their band are headed to New Mexico Tech's Macey Center in the form of a troupe of entertainers touring as "The Official Blues Brothers Revue."

Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty, as Jake and Elwood Blues respectively, are headlining a Performing Arts Series event starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, to kick off the PAS 2012-1313 season.

Before the concert, Tech Club – Club Macey holds a social in the Macey Center Galena Room from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and at intermission, with "Chicago-style hot dogs" as the theme. TCCM is a social club for people 21 and over, and there is a $5 cover charge if you are not a member of TCCM.

"These two guys are fantastic – they even look like the characters made famous by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd on 'Saturday Night Live,'" said PAS Director Ronna Kalish. "Both Wayne and Kieron are tremendously talented in their own right, and the revue is the ideal vehicle to showcase it. And let's not forget the outstanding musicians and singers in the Blues Brothers Band that, all together, make for a high-energy performance everyone will enjoy."

Socorro is only the revue's second stop on its current tour, and one of four scheduled performances in New Mexico.

The stage brothers got their start in the award-winning Las Vegas show, "Legends in Concert," performing in showrooms and theaters from coast to coast, all the while perfecting the stage personas created by Belushi and Aykroyd.

Even audiences too young to remember "The Blues Brothers," the 1980 musical comedy that follows the brothers from Jake's release from prison to a musical odyssey as offbeat as the characters themselves, may recognize music from the film, Kalish said.

Indeed, the revue revives the brand of Chicago-style blues associated with the iconic Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin and James Brown, with songs such as "Minnie the Moocher," "Think" and "The Old Landmark."

"Tonight Show" bandleader Paul Schaffer is musical director for the revue, which includes six musicians and two female vocalists and dancers – Chicago natives Precious Jewel Taylor and her daughter, Ebonie Taylor, as Blues Sisters No. 1 and No. 2 respectively.

On drums is Charlie Cooley; keyboards, Eric Finland; saxophone, Gordon Aeichele; trumpet, David Herron; bass, Garrett Jones; and guitar, Kory Montgomery.

Wayne Catania's (Jake Blues) resemblance to John Belushi opened the door to showcasing his own acting and musical talents. As a character actor, he performed in numerous feature films, television shows and international advertising campaigns.

He is uniquely qualified for and passionate about performing as Jake Blues in the touring version of a classic Blues Brothers stage show.

Catania joins Belushi's widow, Judy Belushi Pisano, and Lafferty, his stage partner, along with "Saturday Night Live's" Anne Beatts in penning a television show based on the continuing adventures of Jake and Elwood.

Kieron Lafferty (Elwood Blues) brings to the role soulful vocals, and he plays a mean and lean harmonica. As with his stage counterpart, Lafferty moved beyond the "Legends in Concert" stage show in joining the revue.

Offstage, he performs voice-over work for television/radio commercials, narration and animation; has had roles in film, stage productions and commercials; and has written scores for film, television and documentaries.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens 65 and over and $10 for youths 17 and under, and are available at the New Mexico Tech cashier's office (second floor of Fidel Center), Brownbilt Shoes and Western Wear, Burrito Tyme Drive-up or at the door.