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Tampa's Blues Brothers tribute band reunites for California tour

Elwood and Joliet Jake may have been on a mission from God, but Wink Warren and Dave Martin are just looking to play some righteous R&B.

For the past 25 years or so, Warren and Martin have been at the helm of A Tribute to the Blues Brothers, an affectionate re-creation of the music of Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi and some of the best session musicians around.

The faux bros are based in Tampa, but early in their career they caught the attention of the Chicago Bears. For 13 years they played regularly at Bears halftime shows in Chicago, and they'd let loose with Soul Man at the two-minute warning. They've played concerts all over the country, opening for everyone from Cher to Kool and the Gang.

It's been a couple of years since they've done a show, but a producer called and asked them to do a short tour in California, so they've dusted off their shades, their skinny ties and their rubber biscuits and they're back in action.

To kick off the tour, they're playing one show Sunday at the Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave. in Ybor City. Tickets are $6. Doors open at 6 p.m. Mainstream, a popular Tampa cover band, opens the show, and the ersatz Blues Brothers take the stage at about 7:15. You can get tickets at the door or though mainstreamband.net.

Marty Clear, Times correspondent

Tampa's Blues Brothers tribute band reunites for California tour 07/22/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 5:30am]

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