Commitments and Blues Brothers Experience comes to Braintree for one night only

Commitments and Blues Brothers Experience

A local Commitments and Blues Brothers Experience comes to Braintree for one night only on 22nd April 2017.

Fronted by Richard Alcock and Ritchie Hicks who have been performing on the East Anglia circuit for over 14 years, ‘Committed to the Blues Brothers Band‘ brings the songs of two cult-classic films together providing two foot-tapping shows in one evening.

The first half of the show is a trip down memory lane to 1991 Dublin where Andrew Strong and Robert Arkins supplied the vocals to some of the greatest covers of soul music ever to glaze the big screen: ‘The Commitments’.

The second half of the show transforms the theatre back to 1980 when Jake & Elwood (originally played by John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd) bought their Saturday Night Live characters to life in what would be arguably the most famous musical duo of all time; scoring 7.9/10 on IMDB.

“The music of the films go together so perfectly” said founder of Committed to the Blues Brothers Band, Richard Alcock.

“You just can’t help but want to dance to these hits. They’re all classics in their own right” he said.

Live Audio-Visual

The show also includes live audio-visual effects supporting the show, projected on the big screen behind the performers.

Tickets cost £15 and can be purchased at the Braintree Arts Theatre website or by calling 01376 556354.




Cliff Richard Roll Over Beethoven – Please stop it, Sir Cliff

I have just had the misfortune of hearing it again: Cliff Richard Roll Over Beethoven cover. It really is dreadful and I wish major radio networks such as the BBC would stop promoting this singer who seems to have been around since Jesus was a child.

The song originally made fame when released by the legendary Chuck Berry in 1956. It seems Cliff Richard’s way of recognising 50 years since this great song was released is to release his own, simply dreadful, cover.

Perhaps Cliff Richard Roll Over Beethoven cover wouldn’t be so bad if you couldn’t hear Cliff’s false teeth chattering through the lyrics. That, and his pronunciation of words being so quintessentially British just doesn’t work in a song originally performed by a black man from St. Louis, Missouri.

It just doesn’t work and I really don’t understand why millions of people keep on buying these very poor cover albums. If you want to hear Chuck Berry at his greatest, then just buy a Chuck Berry album instead of a re-hashed terrible covers.

Live Act Lounge, Chelmsford

Live Act Lounge

Those people over at Card Trick Music in Essex have come up with a great idea: a rehearsal studio which doubles as a Live Act Lounge.

The Live Act Lounge provides bands a place to polish their performance with a stage-like setting, which includes subtle lighting and a drum riser. Not only does the room work great for practicing, but it also supplies a fantastic backdrop for photo-shoots and even music videos. It looks pretty damn cool.

The room also includes a chill-out area, a fridge and loads of plug sockets for you to plug your gear in to.

It’s a unique idea to the area and it’s likely to become very popular. Check out the Live Act Lounge Facebook page for more information, or call Card Trick Music on 07718 210355.

The Live Act Lounge Chillout area
The Live Act Lounge Chillout area