Explosive feast for the senses

Chicago Blues Brothers
Chicago Blues Brothers

The scene was set at The Grand Theatre as leading Blues Brothers tribute act, Chicago Blues Brothers (back Tuesdays July 26 and August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) appeared for an explosive night of Soul, Blues and Motown music during their 2016 Jailbreak Tour.

Featuring their full on-stage band amidst a new elaborate stage production proved to be a winning formula. Midnight Hour, Sweet Soul Music and Higher and Higher were all in there along with 40 or so hits in this classy musical mash-up.

Nothing pretentious, just honest entertainment in an all-singing, all-action feast for the senses. Audience participation a-plenty.

Particularly entertaining was their send up of Minnie The Moocher with vision-in-white “Fab” Calloway.

The humour and interaction was delightful and the two girl backing singers deservedly had their moments in the spotlight. Out it was front-men Gareth Davey’s and Chris Hindle’s engaging personalities, hats, shades and nifty dance moves who brought the show together, ending with Jailhouse Rock and the audience shaking their tail-feathers.

YVONNE FIELDING