The Blues Brothers in The Year of Coronavirus

“The Blues Brothers,” stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues, from their recurring musical sketches on the TV series “Saturday Night Live.”

As I drove through the Alachua County town of Melrose yesterday, I had to stop and photograph these photos of the Blues Brothers statues along Florida Route 26.

“The Blues Brothers,” stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues, from their recurring musical sketches on the TV series “Saturday Night Live.”

Wikipedia describes the act as

The Blues Brothers are an American blues and soul revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live. Belushi and Aykroyd fronted the band, in character, respectively, as lead vocalist ‘Joliet’ Jake Blues and harmonica player/vocalist Elwood Blues. The band was composed of well-known musicians, and debuted as the musical guest in a 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live, opening the show performing “Hey Bartender”, and later “Soul Man”.

In 1978, the band released their debut album, Briefcase Full of Blues, and opened for the Grateful Dead at the closing of Winterland Arena in San Francisco. They gained further notoriety after spawning a Hollywood comedy film in 1980, The Blues Brothers.

After Belushi’s death in 1982, the Blues Brothers continued to perform with a rotation of guest singers and other band members. The band reformed in 1988 for a world tour and again in 1998 for a sequel film, Blues Brothers 2000.

Here is a photo of the statue I shot in 2017.

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My Photos of Public Art

Cedar Key Arts Center, Cedar Key, Florida

As I travel around the southeastern United States, I like to view, enjoy, and photograph Public Art.

Wikipedia defines Public Art as:

Public art is art in any media that has been planned and executed with the intention of being staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible to all. Public art is significant within the art world, amongst curators, commissioning bodies and practitioners of public art, to whom it signifies a working practice of site specificity, community involvement and collaboration. Public art may include any art which is exhibited in a public space including publicly accessible buildings, but often it is not that simple. Rather, the relationship between the content and audience, what the art is saying and to whom, is just as important if not more important than its physical location.

Here are a few of my photos of art in public places-

Miss Sue, by Chick Schwartz, Frank Offerle and Friends at Cedar Key Arts Center, Cedar Key, Florida
“Family Delights” by Christian Happle displayed in downtown Laurinburg, North Carolina
McMinnville Bookworm dedicated to Memory of Dr. Barun Mukherji, outside library in McMinnville, Tennessee
Miz Alligator sits on her bench outside Red Cloud Indian Arts Store, St. Petersburg, Florida
“Urban Art” by Kayleb Higgins, Horse Fever 2011 project statue outside Marion Theater, downtown Ocala, Florida
Inverness Cooters. Turtle Concrete Sculpture by T.J. Neils. T.J. Neil has been doing this for 30 years, and recently his son T.J. Neil Jr. has picked up the trade.

There are many more to see in the Statues, Wall Art section of my website at allenforrest.com. I’d love it if you took a look!

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