Blues Brothers, Benatar play St. Petersburg

Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd head the Taste of Pinellas lineup

May 8, 2014 

Jim Belushi, left, and Dan Aykroyd will perform as the Blues Brothers Saturday at Taste of Pinellas. PUBLICITY PHOTO

The Blues Brothers are back, and it's still Aykroyd and Belushi behind those shades.

These days, though, it's Jim Belushi, younger brother of John, who's taking the role of Elwood's brother in the blues novelty band that started as a "Saturday Night Live" bit in 1976. Dan Aykroyd is still the other Blues Brother.

The Blues Brothers head a lineup of mostly oldies and classic rock bands this weekend at Taste of Pinellas, a food and music festival set for Friday and Saturday in St. Petersburg.

The acts slated to appear Friday are Pat Benatar with her longtime sidekick (and longtime husband) Neil Giraldo, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and Loverboy, the '80's pop band that gave us "Working for the Weekend."

Saturday's lineup is headlined by the Blues Brothers, and also includes Miami disco royalty KC & the Sunshine Band.

Count on some local bands to fill out the bills both days.

There's also, as the event's title indicate, food from lots of restaurants from around Pinellas County. There will also be a kid's zone with a bounce house and other activities.

Taste of Pinellas took a year off last year, and it's in a new venue this year. It had been in Vinoy Park, which has always been the go-to site for downtown St. Petersburg music festivals. This year's it's in the smaller Albert Whitted Park, across from the Mahaffey Theater.

Details: May 9-10, Albert Whitted Park, 107 Eighth Ave. SE., St. Petersburg. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $22.50 in advance, $25 day of show. Information: 800-745-3000,

-- Marty Clear

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