Joliet, IL

Blues Brothers Con from 8/19 to 8/20

Adrian Holman

"The Blues Brothers" is one of the biggest movie classics of all-time. Even though the movie was released in 1980, the movie still has a cult following throughout the entire world even after Blues Brothers 2000 was made in 1998.

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To celebrate this movie, the first-ever Blues Brothers Con will be held on Friday, August 19th and on Saturday, August 20th at the Old Joliet Prison. The Old Joliet Prison is where the opening scene of the movie was filmed in which Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) picks up his brother, Joliet Jake (the late, great John Belushi) from prison.

Festivities will begin at 2 PM CST on Friday until 11 PM. Various blues bands will be performing throughout the evening. The main event will be at 9:30 PM when the actual Blues Brothers band featuring Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, brother of John Belushi, and many of the same musicians that were in the movie 42 years ago.

The gates will open back up again on Saturday from 10:30 AM until 11 PM. Various gospel groups and blues bands will perform throughout the day. The music will be in the same style as the music that was in the Blues Brothers movie which featured Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles, and John Lee Hooker.

The inaugural Blues Brothers Con will reach its apex Saturday night at 8:30 PM when "The Blues Brothers" film will be shown once again to the loyal attendees.

Plenty of food vendors will be on the premises along with the famous Bluesmobile. Tickets will be $60 for adults and $20 for children. For this weekend, "the boys are back in town."

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