The third season of the Bravo! Concert Series
Blues Brothers Revue
Thurs. Sep 8th, 2016
The Travelin' McCourys
Bluegrass Music at its Finest!
Sun. Nov 20th, 2016
2 pm Matinee!
Dan Aykroyd and Judith Belushi Pisano have announced that The Official Blues Brothers Revue will appear in the Bravo Concert Series held at Knoxville Performing Arts Center. The duo, comprised of Kieron (Elwood Blues) Lafferty and Wayne (Jake Blues) Catania, were hand-picked by Aykroyd, Belushi Pisano and original Blues Brothers Musical Director, Paul Shaffer to carry the torch first lit by the iconic duo of Aykroyd and John Belushi on Saturday Night Live in 1978 and later immortalized in the eponymous blockbuster 1980 film directed by John Landis.
Judy Belushi, referring to the duo as anything but an imitation of the original act said, “Kieron and Wayne are not imitators, they live the music and embody the characters. They understand the spirit of The Blues Brothers and revel in the joy of being Jake and Elwood”.
Backed by the all star Intercontinental Rhythm & Blues Band, The Official Blues Brothers Revue is a multi-media interactive experience showcasing their undeniable talent in songs that comprise a virtual encyclopedia of rock, blues and soul. Audiences of all ages have been on their feet as the duo delivers classics such as “Soul Man”, “Gimme Some Lovin”, “Sweet Home Chicago” and “Shout.”
One critic recently raved, “…the roof raising show has the same down home energy as any of Aykroyd and Belushi’s performances. Lesser performers might be tempted to allow their characterizations to veer into parody—but not Catania and Lafferty, baby!”
Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, created the characters of Jake and Elwood Blues in 1978. The first public appearance of the Blues Brothers was as the musical guests on the late night TV show, Saturday Night Live.
The Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road—and online—entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting, and always great music.
No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.
They recently played with the Allman Brothers at Wanee Fest and then brought the house down at Warren Haynes’ Annual Christmas Jam, an invitation only Southern Rock homecoming. Their jam with the Lee Boys was hailed by many as the highlight of the evening, and once word of the live video hit the streets, sent new fans online to watch a supercharged combination of sacred steel, R&B, and bluegrass. They’ve also performed with Warren Haynes, Phish, and have a tour scheduled with the aforementioned Lee Boys. Ronnie McCoury described it as “peanut butter and jelly.” It was just right.
They can push forward so far because their roots are so deep. The band has a confidence that only comes with having paid their dues with twenty years on the bluegrass road. Other groups and new fans hear this immediately—the tight rhythm, the soulful material, and the confidence in taking bluegrass from the safety of the shore into uncharted waters. Ronnie says, “We like to go in and play traditional bluegrass music the way we do it with Dad, but we also like to be able to step into situations where we can really stretch out. If we need to plug in, we’ll plug in. We’re open to anything.”
The Passing Zone Saves the World!
A comedy of Epic Proportions Starring Owen Morse & Jon Wee
Thurs. May 11th, 2017
Owen Morse and Jon Wee met in 1986 at a juggling convention and instantly knew they were destined to be a team. Two weeks after their first show in 1988 they won the Silver Medal at the International Juggler’s Association Teams Competition. In 1989 they won the Gold. That recognition earned an invitation to appear at the renowned Comedy and Magic Club in Los Angeles, where on their first night they were approached by a “Tonight Show” talent scout and booked for their first national television appearance in September 1990. Johnny Carson enjoyed them so much they were asked back less than a year later. Their first feature film followed, The Addams Family Movie, where Jon and Owen doubled for Gomez (Raul Julia) and Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) in the climactic Mamushka dagger-passing scene. They were also in the award-winning comedy documentary, The Aristocrats.
As you will see, Jon and Owen’s talents are not limited to juggling, and they are known as much for their comedy as their juggling skills. During their 18 years together, The Passing Zone have been awarded five Guinness World Records and 18 Gold Medals from the International Juggler’s Association.
In their show “The Passing Zone Saves the World” can Jon Wee and Owen Morse save the world through laughter and dangerous stunts? It can’t hurt to try, so that’s exactly what they are going to do! Jon and Owen put the world’s troubles on their shoulders, and attempt to save us all! The Passing Zone saves the world from boredom and the mundane by putting themselves at risk for your amusement! Imagine a show without hatred, ignorance, and bigotry! Are they superheroes? Or are they just a couple of talented guys who will make you forget your troubles and laugh til your face hurts? Either way, the world becomes a better place while these guys are on stage. Save the date, because there’s nothing more important than saving the world!