Concert Review Shake a Tailfeather with the Joliet Blues Band

Review and photos by Ben Macnair

Back in 1980, Dan Ackroyd penned and starred in the Blues Brothers, a film that became synonymous with comedy, music, and good times, featuring a plethora of blues and soul musicians, from Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin, to Steve Cropper and Cab Calloway. Its good time rock and roll, soul and blues soundtrack was an important character, as we followed Jake and Elwood blues from prison, to putting the band together, and saving the orphanage they were bought up in.

The stage was packed with equipment, as the 10-piece, led by singers Verity Smith, Ian Barton and Dave Ratty played a host of songs aimed to get the audience on the dance floor. With a hard-working rhythm section, keyboards, guitar and full brass, the band had a very full sound, ranging as they did from instrumentals such as The Peter Gunn Theme, to the nimble jazz inflected Minnie The Moocher, or the well-known Somebody to Love. Soul classics, such as 6345789 were well sung, whilst Verity Smith was showed of her singing talents during Respect, as well as several other songs.

Although the concert was mainly about the Blues Brothers, there was a lot of talent on the stage, with most of the musicians given solos, with section playing being completely on time throughout the show.
Rawhide and Stand by Your Man were also well delivered, whilst the second half of the concert saw many in the audience out of their seats, and dancing to such songs as Gimme Some Lovin, She Caught the Katy, Rubber Biscuit, Sweet Home Chicago, or the encore of Jailhouse Rock.

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