BROOKRIDGE — What started out as a Saturday Night Live skit flourished into two Hollywood films and more than 30 years of record sales and concerts paying tribute to Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi's faux brothers, Elwood and "Joliet" Jake Blues.
Tampa's Wink Warren (Elwood) and Dave Martin (Jake) have been bringing the characters to the stage for more than 25 years. Once voted the "Official Blues Brothers" of the Chicago Bears Fan Club, they performed at tailgate parties and during halftime at Soldier Field for nearly 12 years.
Their "Ultimate Blues Brothers Revue" comes to Hernando County next week, kicking off the Brookridge Entertainment season Thursday at the Brookridge Clubhouse.
The show, which includes a seven-piece band, backup singers and several costume changes, will bring back hits such as Soul Man, Gimme Some Lovin', Flip, Flop & Fly, "B" Movie Box Car Blues and Minnie the Moocher.
There are six other shows for the 2010-11 season: Jimmy Travis on Nov. 11, the Marlins on Dec. 9, "Top 10 Rock 'n' Roll Revue" on Jan. 13, Bennie and the Jets (tribute to Elton John) on Feb. 10, Fernando Varela (known as the "Puerto Rican Pavarotti") on March 10 and the BJ Windsong Show on April 14.