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YOUNG SOUL MEN WILL CHANNEL ICONIC 'BROTHERS'

Shake a tail feather tonight as the Dunedin Blues Brothers make their first stop on the free "Highway of Soul Tour" at 7 p.m. in Pioneer Park.

Well, okay, it's not actually a tour.

"It's an inside joke because (Nathan Daugherty) has to drive all the way from Georgia for the show," said Mathew Eberius, 22, who plays Elwood Blues, a role made famous by comedian and actor Dan Aykroyd. "We're working on setting some new concert dates but at the moment have nothing planned for the next month or so."

Daugherty will re-create the role of Jake Blues, made famous by John Belushi.

The concert will feature songs made famous by the Blues Brothers, Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash. Jessica Wagner, a local singer and guitarist, will provide opening entertainment.

Daugherty, 18, is a freshman at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Ga., where he is on a full scholarship for operatic voice. He also serves as musical director for the Showcase Arts Foundation, a nonprofit arts organization, and has been involved with the local musical theater scene.

Eberius, 22, is president and founder of the Showcase Arts Foundation and also has performed in many theatrical productions. He works in the city's Parks and Recreation Department as recreation leader, creating programs such as senior and teen talent shows.

Eberius was first introduced to the Blues Brothers at a Universal Studios show in seventh grade. That summer he made his debut as Elwood Blues during a summer camp family night.

"I've been a fan ever since," he said.

In karaoke-like style, the two songsters will perform to pre-recorded music, but they are looking for blues musicians to join them for future shows.

Belushi and Aykroyd developed the original Jake and Elwood characters on Saturday Night Live and then in a 1980 film called The Blues Brothers. Belushi died in 1982 at age 33 from a drug overdose, but their magic lives on.

The soul men in sunglasses and black fedora hats inspired a cult-like following, and impersonators such as the Dunedin Blues Brothers have sprung up all over the country.

This band is still in its infancy.

Born June 30 of this year, the Dunedin duo came together as a way to fill up time in the Showcase Arts Foundation's talent show during a 2nd Friday event in Dunedin.

They were so well-received they were asked to play gigs at Williams Park in St. Petersburg, Edgewater Park in Dunedin and at the Whistle Stop Grill in Safety Harbor.

"We're very high energy," Eberius said. "The audience gets up on stage and sings and dances with us - the little guys just love it."

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If you go

'Highway of Soul Tour'

What: Dunedin Blues Brothers "Highway of Soul Tour," a free concert.

When: 7 p.m. today.

Where: Pioneer Park, at Douglas Avenue and Main Street in downtown Dunedin.

Cost: Admission is free, but a collection will be taken to benefit the Dunedin for Youth Fund, which helps needy families participate in local parks and recreation programming, including the before- and after-school programs in Dunedin.

Bring: Lawn chairs and blankets, kids, too. Food and beverage vendors will be available.

For more information: E-mail info@dunedinblues.com or call (727) 488-2423.

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