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Concert Series in Full Swing

The Joliet Area Historical Museum has seen its rooftop concert series gain a serious following.

Three years ago, when the Joliet Area Historical Museum began its the turnout was small.

"The first year, I think we had 22 people," Mike Brick, Joliet Area Historical Museum Development Director said.

This year, the concert series sees between 100 and 230 people each time.

"The last concert, we had about 140,” Brick said.

That concert was Classical Blast, a classical music concert. Today, people will begin to gather at 6:45 p.m. on the downtown rooftop for a concert of Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

About 130 tickets have been sold for the event, at a venue with a maxiumum capacity of about 235 people.

Brick said as word gets out about the concert series, one of the most often asked questions is what the expected attire is for the event.

"It’s casual; it’s outdoor, on the rooftop," Brick said. "We want people to be as comfortable as possible."

Attendees are welcome to wear shorts.

In the coming months, there will be two more concerts. Shindig!, which is a 60s tribute band and Nova Soul Quartet, which is a jazz-based act. Brick said they tried to find something for everyone.

"We try to be as diverse as possible," he said.

Tickets are $8 for museum members and students and $10 for non-members. Ticket prices include hot appetizers from The Department. The museum will be open during the event, so attendees can feel free to check out the exhibits. A cash bar will also be available.

For more information, visit the museum's Web site or call 815-723-5201

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