Johnny Cash Prison Concert

“Folsom Prison Blues” was recorded in 1955 and was an instant hit. It was very popular among inmates who wrote to Johnny and perhaps that is why he become a very vocal advocate for Prison Reform. His first Prison Concert was at Huntsville State Prison in 1957, a full 10 years before his famous live albums at Folsom Prison (1968) and San Quentin (1969). Most people don’t know those were just two of many, many prison concerts Johnny Cash played.

3 Days /2 Nights

Group size

Estimated Tour Pricing Inclusions: 2 nights’ accommodation; 2 breakfasts; 2 dinners; admissions, entrance, and guide fees as stated in the itinerary, including taxes, and gratuity. Except gratuity for guide fees is not included on adult tours unless otherwise requested.
  • BackTraxx Rock n’ Roll Party
  • Johnny Cash Prison Concert
  • Oglebay Resort & Dinner
  • One “The Jailbird Feast”
  • Costumed Convict & Cop Competition
  • Old West Virginia Penitentiary
  • Optional Tours Include:
    • Independence & Incarceration
    • Wheeling Island Casino Buffet Brunch
    • Oglebay Mansion, Carriage House Glass Museum

Sample Itinerary:
Day 1 - Dinner and Dancing with BackTraxx Band
  • This musical party tour begins with our host the historic Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV where you have beautiful accommodations for two nights.
  • Once you have had time to freshen up and explore the resort, you enjoy an incredible plated dinner, followed by a show by one of our favorite groups, BackTraxx.  This group frequently performs at the Cleveland’s Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and actually hosted a moon rise party for us on the Rock Hall Plaza for our 2019 Celebration of Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary.  Playing music you know – the greatest hits of the 60s and 70s – they are both a great stage show and a wonderful dance band.
Day 2 - Johnny’s Cash Outlaw Prison Concert
  • Morning activities are to be scheduled as each group planner desires, you have an opportunity to put your own personal touch on the trip. There are also optional sightseeing tours available and we are happy to add any of these into your tour package at the costs listed.
  • Optional Tours Include:
    • Independence & Incarceration $25 - This 3-hour tour is titled with a bit of humor and irony, it features Wheeling’s Independence Hall where the vote to secede from Virginia was won in 1863; followed by a visit to WV’s Gothic-looking prison, that was once on a list of the top 10 most violent correctional facilities.
    • Wheeling Island Casino Buffet Brunch $30 - This 5-hour tour provides you with a visit to the Wheeling Island Casino with $25 in Free Play Gaming and a very nice brunch.
    • Oglebay Mansion, Carriage House Glass Museum $39 - This package includes a guided tour of the elegant 1846 Mansion Museum, The Carriage House Glass Museum, and Lunch at Wilson Lodge.
  • This evening’s activities are held at the Old West Virginia Penitentiary, a Gothic style structure built in 1876 that once held over 2000 inmates. Unlike many of them, you may rest assured you’re getting out after the show.
  • Today’s dinner, show, and Costume Contest are produced in the renovated Machine Shop.  Your bus will drive through a high arched entrance under the North Guard Tower and into The Yard.  This building, in the shadow of the Guard Towers, has been renovated in recent years, has good acoustics and serves the local community as a meeting facility.
  • Starting with a Jailbird Feast, a menu of comfort food, in a prison cafeteria atmosphere, served by the usual suspects and a Costumed Convict & Cop Competition. We encourage your travelers to get in the spirit of the day and dress as though they are guards or guests. There will be several prizes awarded such as a file in a cake, handcuff keys, plus a few commutations and paroles. Prize categories will be created spontaneously by our eccentric Warden who maintains a strict, but happy discipline here at the Pen.
  • Excitement continues as we present a re-creation of Johnny’s “Outlaw Prison Concert” featuring Gray Sartin and the Tennessee Three.  With a live band behind him this show will feature Johnny’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “San Quentin,” and “Ring of Fire,” plus many other favorites!
  • At the conclusion of your “sentence” return to the Oglebay Lodge for an evening of relaxation, enjoy the amenities.
Day 3 - Depart for Home
  • By whatever method you release your Music Lovin’ Inmates, following breakfast you will depart for home. Any groups who want to add a morning sightseeing tour before departure have only to ask.

Base rate does not include motor coach transportation, airfare, airport transfers, driver gratuity, guide gratuity, (student groups exempt) or any upgrades or add-ons unlisted from itinerary as stated. Pricing may vary based on day of arrival or other conditions. Personalized itineraries with custom pricing and/or additional transportation can be created and added based on client needs and upon client’s request. MARS will customize quotes or personalize itineraries for FREE.

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