Past events include Rock 'N' Raise annual fundraiser at the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate in Joliet and "Joliet Jam for The Illinois Rock N' Roll Museum" at the Forge (Blooze Brothers from the event is pictured above).
On May 3, the museum hosted "Rock the Rails" in the grand ballroom at Union Station in Joliet.
Upcoming events include "R&R Museum night at the Slammers" on Aug. 30, Rock 'N' Raise on Oct. 10 and a trip to Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven at 2120 Michigan Ave. in Chicago, where the former Chess Records was located from 1956 to 1965, according to Willie' Dixon's website and
Romero said the trip is not yet scheduled, but the site had a big influence on music. For instance, Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry both recorded with Chess Records.
"Long story short, a lot of blues artists went to Chess Records and recorded and that's how we got our Chicago blues out to the world," Romero said.
Another upcoming event will be a training session for people who'd like to learn more about the business side of music, Romero said.
"Musicians can come out and talk to a panel of people who are road managers, touring managers and well-known touring musicians," Romeo said.
For now, these monthly events are held at various Joliet area locations until the building the museum recently bought at 9 W. Cass St. is remodeled.
The Will County Model Railroad Association makes its home in the basement and will remain, Romero said.
Everything the museum acquires and displays, such as memorabilia and artifacts including instruments, records, photographs, clothing, stage props, sheet music and lyrics, as well as their recordings, according to the website, will be focused on Illinois-based musicians.
These include, but are not limited to, Chicago, Cheap Trick, Styx, The Buckinghams, REO Speedwagon, and The Cryan’ Shames.
For instance, Romero said, Lionel Richie was from Joliet and acknowledged his hometown at a recent concert. Jimmy Stafford, former guitarist with Train, is originally from Morris, Romero added.
And Skip Griparis, who's performed with Olivia Newton-John band, New Colony Six, and hosts a show called 'The Guys Who Gave us Rock," is originally from Joliet.
"One of the things that surprised me is that one of the Everly Brothers [Phil] is from Illinois," Romero said. "I always thought he was from somewhere else."
Those curious about Illinois rock can listen to the museum's live streaming radio station o the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 website at roadtorock.org/radio, where Illinois rock music plays 24/7.