Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd will perform at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Inaugural hosts of the Blues Brothers Con Blues Brothers return to Joliet Old Jail for the weekend festival August 19-20 / photo courtesy of the Joliet Historic Area Museum
The Joliet Area Historical Museum will host a two-day event to celebrate the inaugural Blues Brothers Con to be held at the Old Joliet Jail, August 19-20, 2022. The restored sixteen-acre community jail will transform into a tapestry of sights and sounds for celebrate and honor the iconic “Blues Brothers” movie that debuted in theaters over 40 years ago. actors and singers, Dan Aykroyd and James Belushi will reprise their iconic roles as Elwood Blues and Brother Zee for 90 minutes LIVE special show on Friday evening August 19 when the notorious Old Joliet prison will once again host the Blues Brothers.
“Since the museum began operations in 2018, Joliet Old Jail has become a place of pilgrimage for Blues Brothers fans around the world,” said Greg Peerbolte, CEO of the Joliet Area Historical Museum. “We are honored to work with Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi Pisano and the Belushi family to preserve the cultural contributions of one of the greatest films ever made. Blues Brothers Con will also help repair the effects of the worst aspects of the history of prison by partnering with local nonprofits and faith-based organizations that support rehabilitation and restorative justice initiatives.
Throughout the two-day Blues Con festival, “Blues Brothers” fans can expect live musical performances from blues legends, including Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon and Curtis Salgado, whose film character ” Curtis” derives its name. Saturday, August 20 will feature an ecumenical gospel music service led by religious and civic leaders from the Joliet area, followed by the sounds of seasoned Chicago blues veterans Mondo Cortez & The Chicago Blues Angels and Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials. The Blues Con experience will also feature Bob’s Country Bunker, take in a Bluesmobile car show before cruising through Maxwell Street Market while sipping on the classic ‘Orange Whips’, made famous in the movie. A free public screening of “Blues Brothers” will close the festival on Saturday evening.
“It is now more important than ever that we recognize, revere and celebrate the unmistakable positive impact of African-American culture and blues music on the world,” said Dan Aykroyd. “That’s what the Blues Brothers were and Blues Brothers Con continues that mission with dedication and commitment. Judy and I are grateful and look forward to an outstanding weekend of fun, food and celebration of all things blues music.
“I’ve wanted to do this for years,” said Judith Belushi Pisano. “I have lived in the Blues Brothers world for over 40 years and the mission to embrace blues music, share music and support live music remains constant. This festival is the perfect format for fans to embrace the blues and I can’t think of a better venue to host this event than the Old Jail in Joliet. We intend to create an atmosphere that reflects the beautiful Chicago Blues culture, with music, food and artwork. Our goal is to create a fun and uplifting experience that will leave people wanting more.
Event sponsorships are available by contacting Mike Brick, Deputy Director of Marketing and Museum Advancement at [email protected]
Blues Brother Con sponsors include Old National Bank and Crystal Head Vodka.
Location of event: Former Joliet Jail, 1125 N. Collins Street, Joliet, IL 60432
Dates: Friday August 19 and Saturday August 20
Tickets: Online at jolietprison.org & jolietmuseum.org
Ticket Prices (ALL ticket prices represent a two day pass to the event):
• GA Adult $60
• Child GA $20 (18 and under)
• Crystal Head VIP All Access $500
• Crystal Head Platinum VIP $5,000
• Walk-in tickets (both days) – Above listed prices, subject to capacity
• Saturday evening screening of the “Blues Brothers” – Free to the public.
Parking: Free VIP parking on site and remote control/shuttle (GA)
For tickets, click here.