Sunday, 20 August 2017

EDINBURGH FRINGE REVIEW: Blues Brothers Live at the C venue


As each day draws to a close at the Fringe can there be a better place to be than at the Blues Brothers Live concert with a 7 piece band recreating iconic scenes from the famous films.

Jake and Elwood take us through classic line up of songs from the films with high energy, exaggerated movement and strong voices engaging the audience at every turn including Gimme some lovin' , Everybody needs somebody , Rawhide , JaIlhouse rock , Rollin on the river , Minnie the moucher and Stand by your man as well as the fun Flip Flop Fly.

The band is tight and enjoying themselves with Magic Mike on guitar , Fraser on trumpet , John Lucas in trombone , Scott on sax , Jonas on bass , Ray on drums and Ashley on the organ , each given their moment in the spotlight. The three supporting singers also each get their turn at the mike. 

There is a party atmosphere from the moment Jake and Elwood step on stage with the audience singing and clapping along but when they are invited to dance it becomes chaotic with the singers disappearing in a sea of selfie taking fans and restricting the movement of the performers that the rest of the audience has come to see. Thankfully they get firm control and return to the front of the stage for a grand finale of Soul Man to send everyone home happy.

Review by Nick Wayne 

Rating: ★★★★
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