Purple Party

Blues Brothers light up the Long Center at biggest party of the year

Blues Brothers light up the Long Center at biggest party of the year

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Guests await the arrival of the Blues Brothers. Photo by Nadia Chaudhury
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Alisa Weldon and Lynn Yeldell. Photo by Nadia Chaudhury
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Georgia Nixon and Vanadia Badillo. Photo by Nadia Chaudhury
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Alana Wishnew and Steven Weisburd. Photo by Nadia Chaudhury
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Allan Williams, Rose Betty Williams, Mitch Vernick and Dan Matheison. Photo by Nadia Chaudhury
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Kathy Perry and Martha Ernst. Photo by Nadia Chaudhury
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Rose Betty Williams, Felicia Hester, Craig Hester and Teresa Aita. Photo by Nadia Chaudhury
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Rani Clasquin and Ken Lambrecht. Photo by Nadia Chaudhury
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Ryan Morse and Susanne Ristow. Photo by Nadia Chaudhury
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The Blues Brothers take the stage. Photo by Nadia Chaudhury
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Guest mingle on the Long Center City Terrace. Photo by Nadia Chaudhury
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Revelers gather outside. Photo by Nadia Chaudhury
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Lauren Laskowski, Mark Hamlin and Marlene Jorge. Photo by Nadia Chaudhury
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The Blues Brothers, as played by former Saturday Night Live cast members Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, headlined the Long Center’s Purple Party 7, celebrating music and the performing arts, on Saturday.

Before the concert VIP guests dined on the City Terrace, sipped lavender-hued cocktails, and donned free black fedoras and sunglasses to get into the spirit of the evening. Up for live auction during the dinner, which was co-chaired by Kathy Taylor and Leslie Ward, were items like SXSW badges and tickets to a Jimmy Kimmel Live! taping. The silent auction, held inside the lobby, was open all evening with goods like spa treatments and dinners.

The Blues Brothers, backed by the mostly-Texan-born band the Sacred Hearts, were lively as they sang, danced and bantered. Belushi went into the audience to dance with several women, brought audience members on stage to sing, and even exposed his stomach for the sake of a song. The crowd at the show wore a mix of formal and dressed-down attire. Before the show, the Long Center’s president and CEO Jamie Grant encouraged guests to text $10 donations to the center.

At the after party, long lines formed for free beer and wine from sponsor Total Wine & More. Austin’s T Bird and the Breaks kept the energy up with a live show for the dancing lot.