There are Blues Brothers and then there are Skoluchi Blues Brothers.
Every other year, the Skolits brothers, family members and musical friends perform as the Skoluchi Blues Brothers in benefit shows in Lady Lake.
Three performances are scheduled in February: 6pm Feb. 16 at American Legion Post 347, 699 W. Lady Lake Blvd.; and 7pm Feb. 17-18 at North Lake Presbyterian Church, 975 Rolling Acres Road. Go to soundecision.com for tickets and more information.
Over the years, the shows have raised more than $23,000 for various charities and agencies, including the Ocala National Forest children (SoZo), Fraternal Order of Police and the church’s Operation Homebound meals program, according to Ted Skolits, the band’s drummer, show producer and a Villages resident.
Ted’s brothers John and Rob perform as Jake and Elwood, respectively, backed by local musicians and other Skolits family members who come in from around the country. The show has evolved beyond a concert and into a musical with skits thanks to the acting contributions of singer Dawn DiNome and Rob Skolits, who has been involved in numerous off-Broadway productions in New York City.
The Skolits family also will celebrate the 93rd birthday of their matriarch, Terry, a Village of Silver Lake resident who will appear in the show.
Here is a three-minute recap of the 2018 show: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHTAzhlPXzk&feature=youtu.be