Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Men Behind the Official Blues Brothers Revue

Kieron and Wayne with Dan Aykroyd

Wondering about the men behind the music of The Official Blues Brothers Revue? Read on to learn more about the stars, Kieron Lafferty and Wayne Catania! Plus, another fun fact - the new musical director of the show is none other than Paul Shaffer, David Letterman's sidekick!

Wayne Catania (Jake Blues) began his entertainment career in the mid 1970s as a drummer and vocalist touring rock and R&B bands including the international sensation, The Stampeders. Touring throughout Canada, Wayne gradually established the compelling stage persona that is now his trademark. Writing and recording for movie soundtracks — most notably for Jim Carrey’s first movie All in Good Taste — established Wayne as a popular writer, drummer and vocalist. Besides establishing a successful music career, Wayne became a member of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) and has been cast in numerous acting roles including Tia Carera’s Relic Hunter, Billie Ray Cyrus’ Doc and a principal role in 15 Minute Death which won a Canadian Golden Sheaf Award. After being hand-picked to play Jake Blues by Dan Aykroyd and the John Belushi Estate, Wayne found a natural fit. He is now on the writing team with Judy Belushi Pisano, Anne Beatts (Saturday Night Live) and stage partner Kieron Lafferty writing a TV show based on the continuing adventures of Jake and Elwood.

Kieron Lafferty (Elwood Blues) was influenced by sneaking into his father's nightclub, The Electric Circus, where he witnessed great acts like Sam & Dave, Credence Clearwater Revival and The Doors. He spent his youth playing the blues, R&B and jazz circuits and doing session work. In the ’90s, Kieron released his own CDs, including the critically praised “Sensible Religion” and “Seven Sisters.” He performed in several independent art films including the sci-fi musical Synchronicity for which he and brother Sean contributed the songs and musical score. Kieron made his debut as Elwood Blues in 1998 in the award winning Las Vegas show Legends in Concert. Film producer Paul Jay (Hitman Hart, Return to Kandahar) cast Kieron as himself in the A&E docudrama “Lost in Las Vegas” for which he and Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) wrote the musical score. Besides his stage work, Kieron puts his versatile vocal abilities to work in commercials, narration and animation and he is now co-writing the pilot for an action/comedy/musical TV show based on continuing adventures of Jake & Elwood with Judy Belushi Pisano, Anne Beatts (SNL) and Wayne Catania.

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