The legendary Downchild Blues Band plays Red Deer’s Memorial Centre on Wednesday, Oct. 30. (Promotional photo).

Downchild Blues Band performs its boppin’ tunes Wednesday in Red Deer

The show, presented by Central Music Festival, is at the Memorial Centre

The legendary Canadian band that inspired the Blues Brothers will stop in Red Deer next week on its 50th anniversary tour.

After 18 albums and countless sold-out shows around the globe, the Downchild Blues Band will perform Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Red Deer Memorial Centre.

The Juno Award-winning group is known for their version of the hit Flip, Flop & Fly, and the originals Shotgun Blues, Tell Your Mother, Caledonia and others.

Downchild came to international prominence as the inspiration for Hollywood stars Dan Aykroyd and the late John Belushi’s hit film, The Blues Brothers.

The Downchild hits Shotgun Blues and (I Got Everything I Need) Almost were even covered on The Blues Brothers’ 1978 multi‐platinum album, Briefcase Full of Blues.

The band is lead by founder, Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh on guitar and harmonica, singer Chuck Jackson, tenor sax man Pat Carey, Michael Fonfara (who was a member of Lou Reed’s band) plays keyboards, Gary Kendall on bass, and drummer Mike Fitzpatrick.

With their signature jump‐blues style and infectious, soulful sound, the Downchild musicians promise to deliver a live performance that will prompt a lot of dancing in the aisles.

For more tickets for this Central Music Festival concert, please contact the Black Knight Ticket Centre.

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