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Joliet investigating oversold show at Mojoes

Published: Monday, April 13, 2015 4:20 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 13, 2015 10:29 p.m. CDT

JOLIET – Patrons were stopped from going into Mojoes of Joliet on Saturday when the downtown club oversold a show by more than 400 tickets, police said.

Joliet's liquor commissioner is investigating the incident and a hearing will be scheduled.

Mojoes sold 917 tickets for the show, Joliet Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory said. The nightclub at 22 W. Cass St. has capacity for 500 patrons.

News spread Saturday that the show was oversold, and city officials sent a police detective and fire official to count patrons entering the club at 5:45 p.m., Gregory said. Mojoes started letting people in at 6 p.m.

"Once the count reached 500, our detective prevented more patrons from entering Mojoes," he said.

The show, which featured the bands Testament and Exodus, started at 7 p.m. Mojoes was letting one person in as one person left, Gregory said. But a couple of hundred were standing outside.

"While the officers were there, they said they counted waiting in line 171 people at 8 o'clock," Gregory said.

One of those who could not get in was Jim Christiansen of Somonauk.

"No one [from Mojoes] came out and told us they were oversold," Christiansen said. "We found out from the Joliet Police Department."

Mojoes management could not immediately be reached for comment Monday. The club's voice mail was full. A message left with owner Chris Triebes was not immediately returned for comment.

Gregory said Mojoes owners indicated to the city they would refund money to people who could not get into the show.

According to a summary report from the incident, a detective for the liquor commissioner will recommend that Mojoes be closed for seven days, Gregory said.

Deputy Liquor Commissioner Jim Murphy noted that Mojoes has been shut down previously, which creates the possibility that it could be temporarily closed again.

Murphy said the Saturday night incident included liquor violations and minor fire issues.

"The fire issues were resolved on-site," he said. "The overcrowding and liquor violations will be addressed at a hearing."

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