'Blues Brothers' opened Ogdensburg Command Performances season
Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 8:59 am

OGDENSBURG -- In a nearly sold-out auditorium, guests enjoyed a variety of music with a bit of humor as the Blues Brothers took the stage at Ogdensburg Free Academy Wednesday.

The musical revue was the first show in Ogdensburg Command Performances' fall schedule.

Sanctioned by Dan Aykroyd and the Belushi estate, the performance consisted largely of musical renditions of blues, gospel and soul music.

Hits from Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Sam and Dave and the Spencer Davis Group were among some of the more popular music featured in the show.

Although the show was light on comedy and sketches, Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty, who played the roles of Elwood and Jake Blues, worked to ensure the crowd joined on many of the tunes, including their bluesy rendition of the Isely Brother's Shout.

While the majority of songs were performed by Catania and Lafferty, Ebonie and Precious Taylor provided back-ups and sang a few songs of their own.

Akin to Akroyd's popular radio show, House of Blues Radio Hour, the performance provided a light history on many of the featured artists.

Ogdensburg Command Performances will continue its series with Pride and Prejudice Oct. 16.