Jake and Elwood Blues are performing at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center this weekend, but it’s not really Dan Aykroyd or John Belushi and they aren’t the real Blues Brothers.
It is a tribute though, one that Jeff Fairchild, the Elwood of the show, said he has been doing since 1997. The idea for the show came while he was singing in a nightclub when he was 27 years old and his brother had been performing as Garth Brooks after someone in a mall told him to audition for Legends in Concert, Fairchild said.
When visiting him, Fairchild said he saw what his brother was making after only 15 minutes on stage. He then tried to figure out who he could be. “My dad told me when I was a little kid, ‘You remind me of a little Dan Aykroyd,” Fairchild said. “So I figured I’d start doing that.”
Having worked off and on with Legends for 20 years, Fairchild said he’s also gone solo and done other tribute shows. One is of Johnny Carson, he said. Still over the last 20 years, Fairchild said he’s noticed a demographic shift for the Blues Brothers show. It’s gotten older, he said, remarking when he started the people who loved it were in the 40- to 60-age range and, now, the people who love it are in the 60- to 80-age range.
There are still some younger audience members though, Fairchild said. They might never have heard of the Blues Brothers before because they’re so young, but they usually have a good time.
The show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, and tickets are $22 for adults and $25 for seniors. The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is located at 117 E. Gurley St.
Fairchild said he’s always been viewed as an oddball, mentioning that people say his Blues Brothers act is not 100 percent accurate.
“My dance routines are a little bit different I guess,” he said, noting he guesses it’s the way he acts on stage. “People say I’m more like the Dan Aykroyd from Saturday Night Live than the Blues Brothers. I try to make it entertaining as possible.”
Plus in watching the movies, they never show the dance routines from beginning to end, so he has to elaborate, Fairchild said.
Tickets are available online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling the theatre at 928-777-1370 or at the box office one hour prior to the performance.