11 June 2016
Reviewed by Janice Jobber
I was very excited to be chosen to see the Chicago Blues Brothers band at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable on Saturday night. My friend and I arrived at the car park and managed to get a space quite easily. It is free after 7pm. We took a short walk to the theatre and went into the very busy foyer. We picked up our tickets from the friendly staff at reception. We then went to the auditorium and were directed to our seats. They were very good and we had a great view of the stage which had a very bright backdrop and all the bands instruments in place ready for the start of the show.
The show started with loud applause in anticipation for the Chicago Blues Brothers to come on stage. We were not disappointed they were great. They are made up of Chris Hindle and Gareth Davey, ‘Blues Brothers’ vocals, Bridie May and Claire Colbran and a very impressive band which includes bass and lead guitar, keyboards, drums, saxophone, trombone and trumpet which were all played incredibly well. They sang so many songs which had the audience clapping and singing along.
Their dance routines were brilliant and all the time there was a great rapport with the audience, laughing and cracking jokes at each other. The first half of the show seemed to pass in a flash. As soon as they came on for the second half they got everybody up dancing to lots of familiar songs like Soul Man, Proud Mary, Gimme Some Loving, to name but a few.
The second half was even livelier than the first, the whole auditorium was actually rocking, my friend and I never sat down again until the show finished after doing an encore from a standing ovation from the audience. Even after a fabulous show they made time after to chat to people and have photos done with them. This is the first time they have appeared at the Grove and my thought is it will be a sell out when they come back next year. We had a fabulous evening and if you get the chance to see this show you will not be disappointed. I rate this show a big 5 out of 5.
The Chicago Blues Brothers are currently on tour around the UK, for more information, tour dates or to book tickets at a venue near you visit www.thebluesbrothers.co.uk.
For other shows at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk.
Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable, LU5 4GP | 01582 602080