LAS VEGAS, Nev., July 27, 2021 — MJ Unpacked announced today a benefit concert for Last Prisoner Project (LPP). The concert will take place on Thursday, Oct. 21, 8:00 – 11:00 pm at The House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Cannabis grower and activist Jim Belushi put it this way, “The Blues Brothers. At The House of Blues. In Las Vegas. MJ Unpacked. To raise money for the Last Prisoner Project. Come on!”
Dan Aykroyd will be back as Elwood Blues, joined by Jim Belushi as Zee Blues and backed by The Sacred Hearts band. Las Vegas musical icon Jerry Lopez will be joining the group on stage along with other special guests.
“For me and I think many others, the Blues Brothers evoke the brash exuberance and fun and joy of our earliest experiences with cannabis,” said Steve DeAngelo, founder of Last Prisoner Project. “The Blues Brothers have always told it the way they see it, and walked whatever they talked — so it’s an honor to stand beside them in this important cause.”
The event will fund LPP’s work to free the nonviolent prisoners who are still paying a terrible price for their trailblazing role in this industry. In the words of event organizer George Jage, “It’s a collective responsibility of everyone in our industry to reverse the injustices of the War on Drugs.”
“My sincere hope is that this benefit concert brings more awareness to the plight that faces many incarcerated cannabis prisoners today,” said Mary Bailey, managing director at Last Prisoner Project. “Nobody should be incarcerated for a beneficial plant medicine that has become a robust legal industry. We are incredibly grateful to MJ Unpacked and the Blues Brothers for their support for Last Prisoner Project’s mission to release every last cannabis prisoner.”
Belushi says he supports LPP with all his heart and described Mary Bailey and Steve DeAngelo as visionaries in their work to release unjustly incarcerated people. “It’s just so obvious that there have been millions of dollars made on the backs of nonviolent cannabis prisoners. They were the pioneers of our industry. They took the risks and brought us to where we are today in the cannabis space.”
The event is also sponsored by GrowGeneration. Jeremy Corrao, who himself served time for growing cannabis but is now the vice president of GrowGeneration Management Corp, says, “I’m committed to fighting for a future where no person is locked up for cannabis.” When asked what he hopes to achieve with the event, he said, “I want people to have fun, learn more about the harms of cannabis criminalization, and most importantly, find out how they can help with criminal justice reform.”
When asked what he hopes to achieve with the benefit, Belushi said, “Magic, lots of magic. When the music and the performance and the audience come together, we all experience the magic of who we are in this industry…We’ll have a great time and make good business connections with other like-minded people who are passionate about healing and justice. We all will put our best feet forward and bring our energy and money together to release these nonviolent cannabis prisoners. And we’ll have fun! It will be just a good ol’ time chasing the magic of music, camaraderie, and community effort to do good in the world. And I hope Danny dances more. He’s so funny.”
Tickets are $150.00 each and can be purchased through MJ Unpacked registration. All net proceeds from the benefit go to the Last Prisoner Project to support their efforts to ensure every last victimless cannabis prisoner walks free.