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    Folsom Prison Experience
  • Dates: September 28, 2024
  • Location: Mayo Civic Center
  • Address: 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904


The Folsom Prison Experience is coming to Mayo Civic Center on Saturday, September 28, 2024. This show features Jay Ernest as Johnny Cash and Kat Perkins as June Carter. Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 21 at 10:00 a.m. A special online only presale is Thursday, June 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Reserved seating is $39.50 and $49.50. Additional fees may apply.


This fun semi-immersive drama delivers a high intensity recreation of one of Johnny Cash's most important days in his musical career. Get ready for an unforgettable journey as the Folsom Prison Experience takes you back to the iconic day of January 13, 1968, at Folsom Prison. From the moment those doors swing open, you'll be transported to a different world, where the sights, sounds and feels will have you believing you're right there in the heart of the action.


Now in hindsight, it's amazing how well everything turned out as Cash was in a pretty bad funk at the time. Cash’s first marriage ended that exact day. The band had a hard time getting him interested in recording in the studio, so they decided to record live, in a prison. What could go wrong? Well come and find out just how drama filled this day was.


Folsom Prison Experience is directed by Stephanie Long and takes you back to this special day and gives you the drama of the day. The Folsom Prison Experience stars Jay Ernest, Kat Perkins, Ryan Maddux, Dan Hopman, Ryan Nelson, Tennessee 3 Jonathon TeBeest, Tony Wirth, Jack Mansk, the boys from Hitchville and more for a memorable night of fun and music.


This full-contact immersive tribute drama isn't for the faint of heart. You'll feel the adrenaline as you become an inmate, navigating the prison atmosphere, and experiencing every moment as if you were there in 1968. Don't risk being late for "Roll Call" or you might find yourself in the dreaded hole! Get ready for an electrifying and authentic experience like no other. The Folsom Prison Experience will make you a part of history, immersing you in the raw energy and soul that made Johnny Cash's performance truly legendary. Grab your prison attire, buckle up, and get ready to live the Folsom Prison Experience!

Great tickets are available at, or in person at the Mayo Civic Center Box Office (Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.).