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THE “ALL NEW” ORIGINAL TRIBUTE TO THE BLUES BROTHERS™ AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS ON FEB. 18 AT 8PM

January 24, 2012
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

THE “ALL NEW” ORIGINAL TRIBUTE TO THE BLUES BROTHERS™

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 17, 2012 – “A rip-roaring, foot-stomping boogie,” says London’s Daily Mail about this fantastic musical revue that has some of the best blues you will hear this side of Chicago. The Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers™ was a hit in London’s West End and now it comes to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at 8 p.m. With backing from the three “Bluettes” and a hip seven-piece band, Jake and Elwood Blues perform some of the greatest R&B hits of all time, including “Shake a Tail Feather,” “Think,” “Respect,” “Gimme Some Loving” and “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love,” among others. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Born in the 1970s from the comic genius of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, Jake and Elwood Blues became an unprecedented, international phenomenon with their pork pie hats, black suits, cool shades and fresh interpretations of classic R&B songs. The Blues Brothers’ Show Band and Revue began as part of a musical sketch on “Saturday Night Live” and later appeared in the popular 1980 film “The Blues Brothers.” Directed by John Landis, the film is the story of two paroled convicts, Jake and Elwood Blues, who are on “a mission from God” to save the Chicago orphanage where they grew up. The movie features musical numbers by Belushi and Aykroyd, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway and John Lee Hooker, among others. The band also released several albums, including the 1978 Billboard-topping “Briefcase Full of Blues,” and opened for Steve Martin at Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre the same year. After Belushi’s death in 1982, the Blues Brothers continued to perform and released a film sequel, “Blues Brothers 2000,” in 1998.

“Zesty … hard-rocking,” praised the Chicago Sun-Times after a recent performance of this spectacular musical revue. The Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers™ first premiered in a small seaside pub in Great Britain in 1991 and quickly moved to London’s West End, where it became a smash hit. The show won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award (BAFTA) for “Best New Musical,” and its run was extended from six weeks to 46 weeks, playing to more than 150,000 people. After years of touring Europe, this spectacular “all new” production brings together the memorable moments of the original West End production with new moves, songs, costumes and sets. The show is a joint production by EJB Entertainment and Charles Aerts Concerts in association with Ampersand Productions LTD.

 

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Tickets for THE “ALL NEW” ORIGINAL TRIBUTE TO THE BLUES BROTHERS™ are $24, $40, $48. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit cfa.gmu.edu.

 

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.