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Future Joliet rock-and-roll museum may announce location soon

Organizers of a future Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 hope to draw visitors on the old Route 66 through Joliet.
Organizers of a future Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 hope to draw visitors on the old Route 66 through Joliet.

JOLIET – The organizer of a prospective rock-and-roll museum said he is close to naming a downtown location for the venue.

Organizers hope to open the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 by mid-2018.

"We've got a location, but we can't make an announcement yet," Ron Romero, president of Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66, said last week. "We're still working out details."

Romero said he hopes to announce the location by Oct. 19, the date of the first major fundraiser for the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66.

The event will be held at The Forge and coincides with a Route 66 tourism conference being held in Joliet on the same day.

Tourism traffic on the old Route 66, which runs through downtown Joliet, is seen as one source of future museum attendance, The museum would commemorate Illinois connections to rock-and-roll heritage.

The plan is to have the museum open by sometime next summer, Romero said.

"We're looking at probably middle of 2018," he said. "That leaves us time to get into the building. We have renovations to do on both the interior and exterior of the building. By June, we'll be getting close."

The fundraiser features live performances by the bands Blooze Brothers and Strung Out for the general admission price of $25. A $50 VIP ticket also provides entry into club's Saphire Room for a performance by Hepkatz.

The museum group has a website, which is www.RoadToRock.org.

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