Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® President, Mike Stanfield, is very pleased to announce that the incredibly versatile, Jim Belushi, will travel to Bloomtown to bring his own brand of “Wow!” to this, the 90th Anniversary of one of the finest springtime traditions in the world. The Festival feels extremely fortunate that Mr. Belushi was able to interrupt his extremely busy schedule long enough to come and share some time with us in the Land of Pink and Green. Jim recently finished starring in Woody Allen’s next untitled feature opposite Kate Winslet; and, immediately after that, he shot Jason Katims’ Showtime pilot, “Mating,” starring with Taran Killam. Jim can currently be seen in the Amazon series “Good Girls Revolt,” about the female movement in the 1960s in New York City. He will next be seen in the highly anticipated reboot of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” for Showtime. Other recent credits include the Lionsgate feature “The Whole Truth,” in which he stars opposite Keanu Reeves and Renee Zellweger; David Simon’s long awaited mini-series for HBO entitled, “Show Me a Hero,” opposite Winona Ryder, for director Paul Haggis; and, a starring role opposite Mary Steenburgen in Wayne Roberts’ beautiful film, “Katie Says Goodbye,” which premiered at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival.
Perhaps the best way for Festival Organizers to introduce Jim Belushi is to quote liberally from his Official Bio [which may have been written by Jim himself]: “The first thing you need to know about Jim Belushi is that he’s a performer. Not an actor, not a comedian, not a singer, but a performer…which is pretty much all those things put together and multiplied by two, or five, or something. The second thing you need to know [and this is in some ways more important than the first thing] is that he has absolutely no shame…none…zip…zero. Add those two things together and you have a pretty good working definition of that most indescribable of qualities known as presence. And, as anyone who’s spent two minutes with the guy knows, Jim’s got it…big time. So here’s this guy…this presence…disregarding any and all warning signs and diving into life headfirst. He has taken everything life’s thrown at him and hit it out of the park. And, by the way, he’s been having a blast.”
And, at a later point: “So anyway, one day Dan Aykroyd asks him to join the Blues Brothers Band as Brother Zee…a daunting proposition, even for Jim. Sure, he’d been on stage for years, but comedy and theatre is one thing (well, two things) but it’s not like he’d ever fronted a blues band before. However, in order to be completely shameless, one is required to be completely fearless, which Jim, of course, is; so he takes a beat, looks at Aykroyd, and says the same thing he’s been saying all his life: “Yeah, what the hell…why not? Sounds like a whole lotta fun!” So, to get ready to play with the Blues Brothers, Belushi crashes rehearsals of the House of Blues’ own band, The Sacred Hearts. He sits in with the band, laughing, acting, singing and dancing in a word: “performing.” As it turns out, Jim was right because those rehearsals were “a whole lotta fun.” For the last seven years the band has been known as Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts; and, has afforded Belushi endless opportunities to sing, talk, flirt (again, completely shameless) and dance on tabletops.”
Jim Belushi’s only public appearance at the 2017 Festival will be his star turn as Grand Marshal of the Grand Feature Parade. Tickets to Festival Seating for the Grand Feature Parade are on sale now at the Festival Souvenir Store and Ticket Outlet at 212 East Cork Street across the street from the Winchester Moose Lodge. Festival Seating at the Handley Library and on Cork Street has been selling very rapidly and may be sold out. Festival Seating on Handley Boulevard is also moving very rapidly. Please don’t delay in getting your tickets!