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First Alert Traffic: U.S. 51 shutting down for concert

Sign alerting drivers on U.S. 51 of impending detour beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday.(Source: KFVS12 Robert Foote) Sign alerting drivers on U.S. 51 of impending detour beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday.(Source: KFVS12 Robert Foote)
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

U.S. 51, also known as S. Illinois Avenue, will shut down to traffic Friday, October 9, 2015 so music can take over the Strip.

Detour signs are already in place on U.S. 51 and IL Rt. 13, with detours going into effect at 10:30 a.m.

The Carbondale Music Coalition will build a stage right in the middle of the street in front of the Varsity Center for the Arts, for a concert featuring popular alternative country musician Jason Isbell.

The concert is from 6-11:00 p.m.

The concert is free to the public, but special VIP packages are available. Those packages range in price from $25 for a t-shirt as a Contributor VIP, to $85 to watch the concert from a special pit next to the stage as a Rocker VIP, to the Super VIP package for $200 which includes admittance to a private party and concert inside the Varsity before the main event. 

Mark Waicukauski is the owner of Dairy Queen, where his shop is right next to the stage. He says he's excited for the event.

"Oh it should be a big evening," Waicukauski said. "They're expecting 5-7,000 people!  Like I said, we're right in the middle of it, so busy evening."

Carbondale police chief, Jeff Grubbs, says he and officers are ready for the family-fun event.

"We think we're gonna have some good entertainment, we're looking forward to the weather clearing up and having the folks come downtown to enjoy a free concert and have a good time," Grubbs said.

Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell has played in Carbondale several times and is expected to attract a large crowd for the Friday night concert.

Isbell's song "Something More Than Free" is the #1 single on the American Music Association's Americana chart this week.

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