Hollywood Shuffle got word Thursday that Blues Brother and Saturday Night Live
alumnus Dan Aykroyd will be at the downtown Spec's this afternoon from 3-7 p.m. to sign bottles of his new vodka
Aykroyd is in town to act as Grand Marshal for Saturday's Art Car Parade. Saturday night he'll also be at the House of Blues, the restaurant and music-venue franchise he helped co-found, for the Houston Heart & Soul Blues Benefit Concert
featuring Little Joe Washington, Texas Johnny Boy, Milton Hopkins Diunna Greenleaf and a special performance by "Elwood Blues." The concert benefits the International House of Blues Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to "bringing the arts to schools and communities through programs that increase public awareness of African American contributions to American culture."
Back in the day, HWS used to think that the Blues Brothers was just a bad Sam & Dave tribute band, back before we had this long-term obsession with Stax Records, and then we learned that Steve Cropper and the adorable Donald "Duck" Dunn, also known as one half of the Booker T's MGs, were in the original Blues Brothers Band. That gave the Brothers a bit more credibility.
The only problem is that when certain people are surrounded by sycophants, they begin to believe they can excel at any and everything. Not every actor should be allowed to list a second career - especially musicians - their resume. Below, HWS looks at the bad ones, and some of the good ones.