The Blues Brothers Turn 40; Celebration At Old Joliet Prison
"It's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half pack of cigarettes, it's dark out, and we're wearing sunglasses. Hit it."
Is there a more iconic movie duo from Chicago than the Blues Brothers? It doesn't matter where I've traveled to or have lived, when I tell people I'm from Chicago, they inevitably bring them up.
Every year in Deadwood, South Dakota they host a classic car show over the course of a few days. Every year I was there, there were two guys with a replica Blues Brothers car and dressed as Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues.
Can you believe it has been 40 years since it was released?
This summer, the Old Joliet Prison will host a two-day party to celebrate the 40th anniversary. Plans include a showing of the movie, Blues Brothers tribute bands, and a replica of the country music stage where they were protected by chicken wire while singing the blues according to The Herald.
Dates are not set in stone, but it appears it'll be August 21 and 22. It will also double as a fundraiser for prison restoration. Organizers are trying to get Dan Akroyd to come to the event but no official word as of yet. Hopefully he'll be on a mission from God and show up!