Call them what you will, The Blues Brothers put on a wild and exhilarating show at Merriweather Post Pavilion last night.
From the moment John Belushi first spiraled across the stage, heels over head, until the final encore when the young crowd greeted "Soul Man" with tumultuous applause, The Blues Brothers sustained a level of energy and excitement they never came close to achieving in their recent movie.
Wearing their faded suits and performing before a mock-up of a gas station, complete with pumps and a pay phone, The Blues Brothers staged an R&B party for a solid two hours.
Belushi and Dan Aykroyd are hardly the musical equivalents of the master musicians they emulate, but they certainly are no embarrassment to the blue-eyed soul.
Singing in a husky, almost hoarse voice, Belushi's feeling and affection for the music was undeniable, and Aykroyd contrubuted far more on harmonica than the simple tremolos some have suggested.
What's more, their band, which features the veteran guitars of Matt Murphy, Steve Cropper and Donald "Duck" Dunn and a blasting Stax-inspired horn section led by Tom Scott, is the finest working in rhythm and blues today.
Last night they made The Blues Brothers worthy of the classic tunes they performed.