JOLIET, Ill. - Thousands of Blues Brothers fans converged upon the Old Joliet Prison Friday night for the first annual Blues Brothers Con.
Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi — standing in for his late brother John — will perform as the Blues Brothers to kick off the festival.
"It's not great when you break parole and have to come back, but I gotta say, being able to walk back in is nice!" said Logan Halliburton, in-character as Jake Blues. He came all the way from Orlando, Florida to attend the event.
"I think it's beautiful that the music gets kept alive in such a way through both the movie and culture," Halliburton added.
"I saw the movie first when I was 5 years old. I got all the collectibles. VHS, DVDs, CDs," said another superfam, Justin Applebaum, who was dressed as Ellwood and even owns a decommissioned police car, similar to the Blues Mobile.
The event continues Saturday with blues performances starting at 10:30 a.m. in the prison yard. The festival will be capped off by a public screening of the Blues Brothers film at 8:30 p.m.
It is free to the public.