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Johnny Cash Prison Concert
3 Days   Wheeling, WV   Aug 24-26, 2021
 

There’s a party in the Big House and you need to be there!  Show us your conviction and spend two nights with us at the luxurious Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV.  Our Tour Manager and Motorcoach Driver are at your service on this tour that features a re-creation of The Johnny Cash Prison Concert inside the West Virginia Penitentiary.

Historical Note: “Folsom Prison Blues” was recorded in 1955 and became an instant hit. It was very popular among inmates who wrote to Johnny and perhaps that is why he became 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 during his lifetime.

This is a U S Tours “Spectacular American Event.” You will joining a motorcoach group tour that is professionally managed and operated by a member company of the American Bus Association. Typical tour members are mature adults and all travelers must be vaccinated against Covid.

Tour Highlights:
  •         Two Great Shows·
  •                 BackTraxx Rock 'n Roll Party
  •                 Johnny Cash Prison Concert starring Gray Sartin
  •        Oglebay Resort Dinner
  •        “The Jailbird Feast”
  •        Costumed Convict & Cop Competition
  •        Independence & Incarceration Tour
 
Tour Inclusions:
  •   Two Nights Deluxe Lodging at Oglebay Resort
      Two Hotel Breakfasts
      Two Dinners
      All Taxes Tips & Luggage Handling
      On-site Professional Tour Manager
      Motorcoach Transportation in Wheeling, WV to included events
  •   Two Hotel Breakfasts
  •   Two Dinners
  •   All Taxes Tips & Luggage Handling
  •   On-site Professional Tour Manager
  • Motorcoach Transportation in Wheeling, WV to included events



Itinerary

Day 1 - Check-in to the historic Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, WV

The party begins when you arrive (on your own) to the historic Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV.  Here, you will be greeted by a Professional Tour Manager and Motorcoach Driver. 

Once you've had time to freshen up and explore the resort, you’ll meet your fellow inmates and enjoy a wonderful plated dinner, followed by evening entertainment by one of our favorite groups, BackTraxx.  This dance band frequently performs at the Cleveland's Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame and they play the music you know and love - the greatest hits of the 60s and 70s.

Day 2 –Tour and Concert

This morning begins with breakfast at the Oglebay Resort before sightseeing begins.   

Your Incarceration and Independence tour begins at Wheeling’s Independence Hall where they voted to secede from Virginia during the Civil War (1863). Followed by a visit to WV’s Gothic-looking prison, you’ll see why this Penitentiary was once listed as one of the top 10 most violent correctional facilities.

There will also be time during day for you to stroll the grounds on your own at Oglebay. The gardens are worth the visit, and the Carriage House Glass Museum is an art collectors treat.

You’ll meet up with your fellow inmates again for this evening's highlight activity held at the Old West Virginia Penitentiary, a Gothic style structure built in 1876 that once held over 2,000 inmates. Unlike many of those visitors, you may rest assured you'll be released after the show.

You’ll feel the vibe of the prison as your bus drives through a high arched entrance under the North Guard Tower and into The Prison Yard, where you’re surrounded by barbed-wire topped fences and see 20-feet high stone walls where armed guards once patrolled.  Under the shadow of the Guard Towers, The Machine Shop where tonight’s event is held,  is completely renovated and gifted with wonderful acoustics, heat & air, as well as a kitchen and modern bathrooms. 

Starting with The Jailbird Feast, comfort food is served in a prison cafeteria atmosphere served by the usual suspects.  Make sure to sign up for the Costumed Convict & Cop Competition and you may be awarded early parole! There will be several prizes awarded such as a file in a cake, handcuff keys, commutations and paroles.  The competition prize categories will be created spontaneously by our eccentric Warden who maintains a strict, yet happy discipline here at the Big House.

The Jailhouse will REALLY get rockin’ when we present a re-creation of Johnny's "Outlaw Prison Concert" featuring nationally-known Johnny Cash tribute artist Gray Sartin and the Tennessee Three.  With a live band , 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", you and your fellow inmates will return to the Oglebay Resort for an evening of relaxation on your own.

Day 3 – Parole or Escape
This morning following breakfast you are encoura
ged to escape.



Reservations are fully refundable (minus $25 handling fee person) through July 12th, 2021.
Reservations are refundable with a 60% penalty fee from July 13 - August 15, 2021.
No refunds after August 15, 2021.
 

Johnny Cash Prison Tour - Double Occupancy

TWO People per Room - Double Occupancy Includes Two nights Deluxe Lodging at Oglebay Resort Two Hotel Breakfasts (on your own) Two Dinners (with fellow inmates) All Taxes and Tips Professional On-Site Tour Manager Motorcoach Transportation in Wheeling, WV to included events

Johnny Cash Prison Tour - Triple Occupancy

THREE People per Room - Triple Occupancy Includes Two nights Deluxe Lodging at Oglebay Resort Two Hotel Breakfasts (on your own) Two Dinners (with fellow inmates) All Taxes and Tips Professional On-Site Tour Manager Motorcoach Transportation in Wheeling, WV to included events

Johnny Cash Prison Tour - Quad Occupancy

FOUR People per Room - Quad Occupancy Price Includes: Two nights Deluxe Lodging at Oglebay Resort Two Hotel Breakfasts (on your own) Two Dinners (with fellow inmates) All Taxes and Tips Professional On-Site Tour Manager Motorcoach Transportation in Wheeling, WV to included events

Johnny Cash Prison Tour - Single Occupancy

One Person per Room - Single Occupancy Price Includes: Two nights Deluxe Lodging at Oglebay Resort Two Hotel Breakfasts (on your own) Two Dinners (with fellow inmates) All Taxes and Tips Professional On-Site Tour Manager Motorcoach Transportation in Wheeling, WV to included events

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