The band that inspired the Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi smash hit movie The Blues Brothers, is coming back to Windsor. Canada’s legendary Downchild Blues Band is returning to the city on December 7 for a show at the Olde Walkerville Theatre, as part of a series of Christmas Party events. It’s expected to sell out quickly and is a fundraiser for Sparky’s Toy Drive and Kim “The Commander” Kelly.
Roaring through bracing, high-octane performances since 1969, the band, which was founded and continuously steered by harmonica and guitar ace Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh, is as vibrant today as when Aykroyd and Belushi brought the image to the big screen as Jake and Elwood Blues. The Hollywood pair elevated Downchild’s “Shotgun Blues” and Walsh’s “(I Got Everything I Need) Almost” to smash status on their 1978 Briefcase Full of Blues record. That Blues Brothers album went on to become a multi-platinum success and one of the biggest selling blues albums of all time.
Kelly is a well-known promoter and skilled saxophonist who broke his neck and damaged his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed. He’s also a 2013 Windsor-Essex Musician’s Hall of Fame inductee.
Supporting act for the show is A.J. Vanden Berghe, Dusty D’Anunnzio and Sean Shepard.
Visit the Olde Walkerville Theatre for more information and ticket prices.