Joliet Area Historical Museum Hosts

the Inaugural Blues Brothers Con

Blues Brothers return to Old Joliet Prison

for weekend festival August 19-20

 

 

We are on a mission from God!

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20Where: Old Joliet Prison, 1125 Collins Street, Joliet, IL 60432
When: August 19th (2pm – 11pm) & August 20th (10:30am – 11pm)

What is the “Blues Brothers Con” – This 2-day annual event will feature Dan Aykroyd and James Belushi reprising their iconic roles of “Elwood” and “Brother Zee” in an hour and a half performance on Friday, August 19th. The Blues Brothers will be supported by Chicago Bluesman Toronzo Cannon, and Curtis Salgado, a longtime performer for whom the iconic film’s character “Curtis” is named. Saturday August 20th features an ecumenical Gospel music service led by Joliet-area faith based and civic leaders, followed by seasoned Chicago Blues veterans Mondo Cortez & The Chicago Blues Angels, Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames, and Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials.

What else is there to do besides listen to great music? – The 16-acre prison complex will be transformed into a tapestry of sites & sounds which act as homages to the film and will feature movie-themed food, beverages, artwork and, of course, music. Guests can visit “Bob’s Country Bunker,” the “Soul Café,” the “Bluesmobile Display” and the “Maxwell Street Vendor Market” & more!

Will there be food and drink available? – Yes, there will be a variety of food trucks, a beer/beverage tent, plus water and other beverages for sale. If you intend to drink alcohol, please remember to bring a valid state-issued I.D. or driver’s license.

Where do I park? –

Friday 8/19 Parking Information
General Admission Parking – There is limited general admission parking available in the immediate vicinity of the Old Joliet Prison. We will have the Joliet Police Department and Parking Attendants directing you to available lots. Please watch for signage and parking staff for directions to an available parking lot. Once the lots fill in the vicinity of the Old Joliet Prison, we will send out notifications via our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Tik Tok) regarding remote parking lot locations. Please check these platforms frequently as you make your way to the event. Remote parking lots will be within 10 minutes of the Event Site and shuttle busses will be provided for pickup and drop off, beginning at 5PM. See the parking map below for the location of all parking lots.
VIP and ADA Parking – There is a designated lot for VIP ticket holders and guests with a Handicapped parking permit. See the parking map below.
Lot Addresses
Primary Lots in Vicinity of Prison
Lot A: 525 Woodruff Rd Joliet Il 60432
Lot B: 960 Royce Ave Joliet Il 60432 (Available after 4pm)
Lot C: 1101 Harrison Ave Joliet Il 60432 (After 430 PM)
Lot D: 1013 Collins St Joliet Il 60432
Lot E: 927 N Collins St Joliet Il 60432

Secondary Lots as needed with Shuttle Service after 5pm
Lot F: 205 East Jackson Joliet IL 60432
Lot G: 118 Jackson St Joliet Il 60342
Lot H: 302 N Chicago St Joliet Il 60432
Lot I: 320 N Scott St. Joliet Il 60432
Lot J: 110 N Ottawa St Joliet IL 60432

Saturday 8/20 Parking Information
General Admission Parking – We anticipate that all Saturday guests will be able to park in the immediate vicinity of the Old Joliet Prison. We will have the Joliet Police Department and Parking Attendants directing traffic. Please watch for signage and parking staff for directions to an available parking lot. In the unlikely event that the lots fill in the vicinity of the Old Joliet Prison, we will send out notifications via our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Tik Tok) regarding remote parking locations. Remote parking lots will be within 10 minutes of the Event Site and Shuttle Busses will be provided for pickup and drop off, beginning at 2PM. See the parking map below for the location of all parking lots.

VIP and ADA Parking – There is a designated lot for VIP ticket holders and guests with a Handicapped parking permit. See the parking map below.
Lot Addresses
Primary Lots in Vicinity of Prison
Lot A: 401 Woodruff Rd Joliet Il 60432
Lot B: 1101 Harrison Ave Joliet Il 60432
Lot C: 1101 Harrison Ave Joliet Il 60432
Lot D: 1013 Collins St Joliet Il 60432
Lot E: 927 N Collins St Joliet Il 60432

Secondary Lots as needed with Shuttle Service after 2pm
Lot F: 205 East Jackson Joliet IL 60432
Lot G: 118 Jackson St Joliet Il 60342
Lot H: 302 N Chicago St Joliet Il 60432
Lot I: 302 N Scott St. Joliet Il 60432
Lot J: 110 N Ottawa St Joliet IL 60432

Where is the entrance into the Old Prison for the event? –  Main entry point is the old “sally port” entrance gate facing Collins St., located about halfway along the east wall of the prison parallel to Collins St. Festival personnel will be there to greet you! Drop-off and pick-up will not be allowed along Collins Street or near this entrance. A designated drop-off and pick-up area, including for ride share arrangements, is shown on the parking map.

Drop off and Pick-up and Ride-share – The loading zone for drop-off and pick-up as well as rideshare / taxi transportation services is located in the Old Joliet Prison lot immediately to the south of the main prison building. See parking map below. Drop-off and pick-up will not be allowed along Collins Street or near the “old sally port” entrance.

Will tickets be available at the door? – Yes, while available. But purchasing in advance will speed your entry!

Can I leave the event and re-enter later in the day? – Yes, you can leave and will be given a bracelet to gain re-entry.

Can I bring a chair? – Yes! The event will be held inside the prison yard, so you can bring bag chairs and/or a blanket as all seating is on the prison lawn area.

Can I bring an umbrella? – Yes, personal umbrellas are fine (but please be courteous of other guests and their sightlines). 


What about coolers? – No coolers allowed. Food and beverages are available for purchase inside the fest. Small purses or bags/backpacks for blankets, jackets, etc. are allowed, but will be checked at the gate.

Can I bring my dog or pet? – Sorry, no pets, other than designated service animals.

No Weapons allowed! – Absolutely no weapons will be allowed *This includes “Concealed Permit Holders”

What’s the bathroom situation? – There will be port-a-potties and hand wash stations set up throughout the prison yard.

Is the event family friendly? – Yes, families are welcome! There will be various activities, vendor areas, Bluesmobile demonstrations, & more.

Can I tour the Old Joliet Prison? – Yes, there will be designated areas within the prison grounds for guests to view.

Will merchandise be available? – Yes, the “Maxwell Street Market” will feature vendors selling a variety of merchandise, and we’ll also be selling exclusive Blues Brothers merchandise!

What if it rains? What if the weather is severe? – Being a rain or shine event, every attempt will be made to complete the show. If severe weather approaches, patrons may be asked to return to their vehicles until the weather passes and emergency weather guidelines will be followed.
Where can I get tickets online? – Tickets are available at www.jolietmuseum.org or www.jolietprison.org *All purchased tickets provide access for both days of event

Where can I find the music lineup and performance times? – Musicians and performance times will be included in the FAQ’s and on social media when available.

PARKING MAP: The Old Joliet Prison is located at 1125 Collins St.

 

 

Ticket Prices (ALL ticket prices represent a two-day pass to the event): 


GA Adult $60


GA Child/Student $20 (Ages 18 & under, must be accompanied by an adult)

 

Crystal Head VIP All Access $500


Preferred Onsite Parking 
Stage front VIP area


Access to Crystal Head VIP Lounge featuring custom cocktail menu.


Four Complimentary Drink Tickets per day


Two Complimentary Food vouchers per day

 

Crystal Head Platinum VIP $5,000 


Private Pre-Show Meet & Greet with Dan Aykroyd & Jim Belushi


VIP Parking at Prison West Gate


Stage Front Seating
Access to Crystal Head VIP Lounge featuring custom cocktail menu.


Complimentary Drink Tickets for duration of event


Complimentary Food vouchers for duration of event


Photo Opportunity with Dan Aykroyd & Jim Belushi following Friday performance. 
Accommodations at Harrah’s Hotel & Casino, Downtown Joliet, Friday evening.

Event sponsorships are available by contacting Mike Brick, Museum Deputy Director of Marketing & Advancement at m.brick@jolietmuseum.org 

Calling all vendors

We are looking for vendors for our Maxwell Street Market inspired by the Blues Brothers movie! If you would like to help us on our “Mission from God” please email the form below to Jennifer at rentals@jolietmuseum.org to sign up today!

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