Thoughts of London are more likely to conjure images of The Queen than Dan Ackroyd, but that didn’t stop 500 of Her Majesty’s subjects from rocking the ancient capital’s iconic Ace Cafe in celebration of Chevrolet and “The Blues Brothers.”
Between 1938 and 1969, Ace Cafe was the London destination for young people with an interest in cars, bikes and rock-and-roll. Reopened in 2001, it now celebrates a different vehicle each night. In August, a special Chevy “Cruzemobile” and “The Cruze Brothers” band took center stage on “All-American Cruise-In” night.
Today, Chevrolet is the only U.S. brand with a foothold across all segments in Europe, but if there’s any doubt that love for classic Americana isn’t alive and well across the pond, “The Cruze Brothers” themselves put it to rest. The two Cambridgeshire music teachers tour as “The All New Blues Brothers Revue,” bringing Jake and Elwood alive for audiences across the UK.
As for the Cruze, well, it’s a little too new to be a classic Chevy, but it does a pretty good imitation when clad in full “Bluesmobile” regalia. There’s no word on the Cruzemobile’s next gig, but for better or worse, there won’t be a Blues Brothers option package.