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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There’s Magic in the Chair!!

Deck the Chairs at Jacksonville Beach, Florida

I took a walk around Latham Plaza and the Seawalk Pavillion in downtown Jacksonville Beach a couple of days ago. I didn’t have any of my cameras with me, so I shot all the photos in this post with my iPhone 11 Pro Max which has the best, in my opinion, cellphone camera ever made. Photos made with this phone challenge those made with my DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

The seventh annual “Deck the Chairs” event is currently going on as it has for the past seven years. The beach lifeguard chairs are decorated and lighted to celebrate Christmas each year.

The non-profit Deck The Chairs organization describes the event on its website at DeckTheChairs.org as:

Jacksonville Beach Deck The Chairs (JBDTC) is an annual lighted sculptural exhibit using the iconic chairs of The American Red Cross Life Saving Corps. Marking its seventh year in community service, JBDTC gathers community to decorate and display the Beaches lifeguard chairs during the month of December to promote local business, instill public pride, and share cultural diversity through creative expression. Free and open to the public, the light display aims to provide a wholesome and festive downtown during the holidays. Deck The Chairs, Inc. is a qualified nonprofit organization under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3).

Here are a few of my photos of the decorated chairs:

“Santa’s Surf Shack” at Deck the Chairs

Pablo Towers Entry to “Deck The Chairs”

“Beaches Leader” and “PonteVedra Leader” Entry to Deck the Chairs

Jacksonville Beach Bar Association at Deck the Chairs

Adamec Harley-Davidson at Deck the Chairs

Jacksonville Jaguars at Deck the Chairs

 

A recent addition to the Christmas festivities at the Seawalk Pavillion is the “Beaches Go Green Octopus Garden” that’s displays are made from recycled plastic items. DeckTheChairs.org describes the garden as:

Beaches Go Green is grateful for the opportunity to showcase our Octopus Garden at Deck The Chairs 2019 to celebrate the holidays AND to bring attention to the huge issues surrounding plastic pollution.

According to First Coast News.com:

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — A 100-foot octopus made from single-use plastic is rising from the Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion days ahead of the city’s annual Deck the Chairs event.

The display, called the Beaches Go Green Octopus Garden, features lighted tentacles that will flash in the dark and is surrounded by ocean reef and glowing jellyfish — all made from single-use plastic bottles, according to a news release. The display is part of Jacksonville Beach Deck the Chairs.

The head of the Octopus alone is 20 feet tall, 30 feet deep and 15 feet wide. The tentacles are lined with more than 15,000 single-use plastic bottles and span 100 feet in all directions, the release said.

The project is the result of a partnership between Deck the Chairs and environmental advocate Beaches Go Green, Artistic Contractors and Republic Services.

In addition to being a fun sight for families at Deck the Chairs, the Octopus Garden will also promote awareness and educate the public about the dangers of the overconsumption of single-use plastic and its impact on the environment. The garden will feature a light show, children’s education displays and weekend activities for children.

Here are some of my photos from the Octopus Garden:

Beaches Go Green Octopus Garden all made from single-use plastic bottles

Beaches Go Green Octopus Garden all made from single-use plastic bottles

Beaches Go Green Octopus Garden all made from single-use plastic bottles

Beaches Go Green Octopus Garden all made from single-use plastic bottles

Beaches Go Green Octopus Garden

Beaches Go Green Octopus Garden all made from single-use plastic bottles

Beaches Go Green Octopus Garden

Beaches Go Green Octopus Garden all made from single-use plastic bottles

Beaches Go Green Octopus Garden

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