Originally Published: January 24, 2013 9:26 p.m.
A blues and soul explosion promises to be a blast for the audience when "Saluting the Music of the Blues Brothers" takes the stage Sunday at the Elks Opera House.
Star of the tribute show, Charlie Hall, 27, a fan of soul and blues music since childhood, is especially drawn to the genre because of its "physicality," he said. Artists, such as the Blues Brothers, expressed how they felt about their soul and blues melodies through their "dancing, jumping around, dropping down to their knees in a climactic moment of a song," he said. Hall's "side guy," Mike Yarema, "doesn't stop moving" throughout the entire show, he added.
Hall looked back to his childhood and the genesis of his passion for the style of music he performs.
"I grew up watching black and white movies with my dad," Hall said, and was impressed by the likes of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and the "incredibly talented" Sammy Davis Jr.
And, the music of Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Roy Orbison tugged at his musical fiber, too, along with "Magic to Do" star Ben Vereen, who put on a workshop that Hall attended.
"It was a great honor being a part of his workshop," Hall said. "He exudes his passion in everything he does. As long as you put your passion into anything and everything you try to accomplish, it will always come out well."
Hall believes he is "definitely cut from the cloth" of the performers who are his compass in his concerts.
And, his fiancée, professional dancer Claire Hancock, agrees. "Your voice is kind of made for that. You were born to sing this music," she has said of Hall's artistic bent.
Hall is now attending Pima College West in Tucson to hone his creative skills after taking a six-year break acting in dinner theater musical melodramas. He is taking music and dance classes and one day hopes to write his own music, "creating beautiful shows and music. Who knows where this world will take me," he said.
Sunday's show, "Blues and Soul Explosion! Saluting the Music of the Blues Brothers," begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $22 to $25 and are available by calling the Elks Opera House box office at 777-1370 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or logging onto www.elksoperahouse.com.
The concert "will be a tribute to their music," Hall said of the famous Blues Brothers ensemble. "We will be singing the classics in the style of the Blues Brothers as we pay tribute to the famous blues artists who set the stage for this genre to be what it is and to survive the ages."