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Review: The Joliet Blues Band at the Lichfield Guildhall

Back in 1980, Dan Ackroyd penned and starred in the Blues Brothers, a film that became synonymous with comedy, music, and good times.

The Joliet Blues Band
The Joliet Blues Band

It featured a plethora of blues and soul musicians, from Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin to Steve Cropper and Cab Calloway.

The 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 at getting 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 showed off 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.

Rawhide and Stand by Your Man were also well delivered, while 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 and the encore of Jailhouse Rock.

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