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Shake Your Tail Feather At The Pub

‘Hey Bartender,’ have you heard the news? The Blues – and some pop - are coming to ‘The Old Landmark’ in Airlie Beach this month for a “Movie Marathon Weekend” of two shows.

For the first-time ever, The Soul Men Blues Brothers Show will present their brand-new tribute to another cult-classic film. They’ll introduce Airlie audiences to their ‘Tribute To The Commitments Show’ on Saturday, March 18.

Performing music from the movie, complete with horn section, trio of female backing singers, and powerhouse front man, the Soul Men will cover the rock, the soul and the pop classics from the 1991 musical-comedy. Listen in for Mustang Sally, I Can’t Stand the Rain, A Little Tenderness, and more.

Then on Sunday they’re back in their regular Blues Brother outfits to play The Pub on March 19, continuing the legendary legacy of the hit 1980s musical-comedy featuring the not-quite-real and not-quite-pretend musical duo of Jake and Elwood Blues.

Greg Mulvhill, a lifelong Blues Brothers fan who’s donned the shoes, sunglasses, and trilby of Jake Blues for more than two decades, and Brent Moetara, a vocal powerhouse as his brother Elwood, are returning by popular demand to the Airlie Beach Hotel.

The pair will croon onto the Bar Top Stage at locals’ favourite local for a free show afternoon taking audiences through the repertoire of the film’s soundtrack, capturing the infectious humour and rampant, rollicking spirit of the Blues Brothers like no one else while they do it.

The Soul Men have a more-than-reverence for the red-hot soul, rhythm, and blues that they embody as the Brothers -- they’ve taken their band all around Australia on a ‘Machine from God’ to share the pleasure that comes with the Blues Brothers' exuberant music and love for life.

Speaking of music, there’s plenty to look forward to: Both shows will comprise the Airlie Beach Hotel's biggest-ever band, a 12-piece, miniature orchestra with phenomenal rhythm and horn sections producing a more-than-energetic performance. And there’ll be the smooth voice of Mulvhill and the harmonica wizardry of Moetara to listen out for too.

It’s like a “time machine to an era when dropping the bass meant dropping your bass guitar and they shouldn’t be missed,” said Mulvhill.

“Every member of The Soul Men knows their music and what it takes to bring the house down - in the best possible way,” he said.

Don’t miss the songs from Soul Man to Rubber Biscuit, Sweet Home Chicago to Gimme Some Lovin’, Rawhide, and more. It’ll be a night of laughter and foot-stompin’ fun that will have Airlie Beach going crazy.

The Soul Men will combine the comedy, music, and mayhem of both The Commitments and the original Blues Brothers on March 18 and 19 in two free shows at the Airlie Beach Hotel.

WHAT: The Commitments Tribute Show and The Soul Men Blues Brothers Show

WHEN: Saturday, March 18, and Sunday, March 19 from 2.30 PM to 5.00 PM

WHERE: The Airlie Beach Hotel

The Soul Men Blues Brothers Tribute Show is back at the Airlie Beach Hotel in mid-March

Greg Mulvhill and Brent Moetara will lead two shows at locals’ favourite local, with the first a brand-new tribute to 1991 film The Commitments

Don't miss them when they arrive at The Pub for a free "Movie-Marathon" performance

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