By Dan Walton
In Radium Hot Springs this weekend, the Blues Brothers Too will be behind the wheel of the Blues Mobile Too which will be joining the fleet at the 25th annual Columbia Valley Classics Autumn Show and Shine car show.
The Blues Brothers came to fame in the late 1970s, serving out a mission from God. The duo used entertainment to raise enough money to save the orphanage where they were raised. After succeeding in their campaign, the brothers made a career out of their musical showmanship. The tribute act Blues Brothers Too have revived the cult classic, to much acclaim.
Therell be a two-year-old groovin to our music, and on the other side of the crowd youll see a 92-year-old rocking out to the same tunes, said Grant Eisworth, who plays the role of Elwood Blues. There are a lot of people that dont know what the Blues Brothers are all about, but if you come to the car show its guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
The Blues Brothers Too began six years ago. Prior to that, Mr. Eisworth and his partner D.J. Porter, who plays the role of Jake Blues, were offering a variety of tributes acts,but after experimenting with the Blues Brothers,the two found their calling.
After getting changed out of the Blues Brothers getup, through the rest of the concert people just wanted the Blues Brothers back, Grant said.
The overwhelming response prompted the two to learn how to sing properly after lip-syncing carried them through the first show.
What we do is all the songs from the two movies.
Mr. Eisworth said that the music encompasses many genres, but with most emphasis on rock and roll and rhythm and blues.
The Blues Brothers and classic cars just seem to go together, he said.
Just as in the movie, the duo will be travelling in their 1974 Dodge Monaco, which Mr. Eisworth said is pretty darn accurate to the real one.
We spent a full day with Dan Aykroyd, he said. We were in costume, he was signing autographs in Kelowna, and he went nuts he said it was the best (1974 Dodge Monaco) hed ever seen.
Their version of the vehicle is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system, he said.
We can host a small concert right from the Blues Mobile and weve done it.
On their sixth year of attending car and motorcycle rallies, Mr. Eisworth said the duo is always blessed with good weather.
It never rains on the Blues Brothers.
Working in character, the Blues Brothers Too will be full of jokes that are clean and family-friendly when theyre not making music.
Keep your eyes peeled for the duo at the Show and Shine registration tonight and the car show tomorrow, where the entertainers will nomadically serve the car show grounds.