2019's 38th Annual American Music Festival
FESTIVAL DESIGN BY JON LANGFORD
"Ten 2018 Summer Concerts Greg Kot Thinks You Should See" (We're #4) -- Greg Kot, Tribune
…a mainstay of Chicago summers and one of the most generous musical feasts of the year. -- Mark Guarino, Sun-Times
Every year FitzGerald’s puts on one of the finest festivals of American roots music in the country. -- popmatters.com
One of the truly great Chicago musical celebrations…. -- Jim DeRogatis/WBEZ
Starting in 1981, FitzGerald's American Music Festival has grown from a three-band barbeque night to one of the most critically acclaimed summer festivals in the Midwest. The festival's main focus is roots/Americana music -- everything from straight-ahead rock to soul, rockabilly, country, blues, jazz and bluegrass. We welcome bands from all over the country and right here at home, with a special place in our hearts for New Orleans and Texas.
Unlike many of the popular music festivals in the city, the American Music Festival is held on the grounds of the club, with two of the three stages in our club and SideBar and one outdoor stage on tented parking lot. This setup makes for a more intimate, comfortable experience, with access to a full bar, air conditioning and real bathrooms! Our festival tents offer seating and waitress service, and the FitzGerald family is always on hand to help with any special needs which might arise.
MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR - MILLER LITE!
HERE IS A LIST OF 2019 BANDS & Times:
The 2019 lineup is as follows:
July 3 (doors open at 4:30 pm):
IN THE TENT: Salty Dogs (5 pm), Robbie Fulks and Redd Volkaert (6:30 pm), Sarah Shook & the Disarmers (8:30 pm), JD McPherson (10:30 pm)
IN THE CLUB: Coyote Riot (5:30 pm), Sunny War (7 pm), Chicago Farmer (8:45 pm), The Commonheart (10:15 pm), Waco Brothers (11:45 pm)
IN THE SIDEBAR: Bunkertown (7 pm), Cannonball (8 pm), Joel Paterson Organ Trio (9 pm), Fox Crossing String Band (10 pm), Alewife (11 pm)
July 4 (doors open at 1 pm):
IN THE TENT: South City Revival (1:30 pm), The Shortcuts (3 pm), The Heavy Sounds Stax Revue (4:30 pm), NRBQ (6:30 pm), The Cactus Blossoms (8:30 pm), Tributosaurus becomes Bruce Springsteen (10:15 pm)
IN THE CLUB: Hannah Wicklund & the Steppin’ Stones (2:30 pm), Katy Guillen (4:15 pm), Jon Dee Graham & the Fighting Cocks (6 pm), Kevin Gordon Band (7:45 pm), Nikki Hill (9:30 pm), Blackfoot Gypsies (11:15 pm)
IN THE SIDEBAR: Mike Johnson (3:30pm), Peter Joly Group (4:30 pm), Matt & the Natural Disasters (5:45 pm), Wild Earp (7 pm), Curtis McMurtry (8:15 pm), Sunshine Boys (9:15 pm), Mike & the Moonpies (10:30 pm)
July 5 (doors open at 4:30 pm):
IN THE TENT: Expo ’76 & the Total Pro Horns (5 pm), Brave Combo (6:45 pm), C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band (8:45 pm), Tab Benoit (10:30 pm)
IN THE CLUB: Dead Horses (6 pm), Michael McDermott (7:45 pm), The Suffers (9:30 pm), Zenith Sunn featuring Eric Lindell and Anson Funderburgh (11:30 pm)
IN THE SIDEBAR: Jenny Bienemann & Friends (6:30 pm), The Menards (8 pm), Girls of the Golden West (9 pm), Gerald Dowd Trio (10:15 pm), The Dozen Buzzin’ Cousins (11:30 pm)
July 6 (doors open at 1 pm):
IN THE TENT: Amazing Heeby Jeebies (1:30 pm), Nora Jane Struthers (3 pm), Edward David Anderson (4:45 pm), Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience (6:30 pm), Marcia Ball (8:30 pm), Alejandro Escovedo (10:30 pm)
IN THE CLUB: Working Mother (1:45 pm), Kory Quinn (2:45 pm), Charlie Parr (4:15 pm), Walter Trout (6 pm), The Zimmermen (7:45 pm), Cedric Burnside (9:30 pm), The Iguanas (11:15 pm)
IN THE SIDEBAR: Christine Melody (3:45 pm), Bill Bloomer (5 pm), Jimmy Burns (6 pm), Jarod Bufe Quartet (7 pm), Pie Eyed Pete & the New Dealers(8 pm), Ryan Joseph Anderson (9 pm), Ron Lazzeretti Band (10 pm), The Belvederes (11 pm), Mr. Gac (midnight)
Note: This document is set up in an 8/5 x 14 (Legal) format.
Festival grid coming soon.
We are selling advance tickets for each day of the festival.
Advance tickets, $50/day are available at TicketWeb.com and in person at FitzGerald’s. A limited number of 4-day pasess, $150, are available at TicketWeb only (4-day passes can be picked up at will call during fest). Children 12 and under are welcome with parents until 10 p.m. Tickets are $10; no children’s tickets will be sold in advance. Each day of fest when you pay at the door, $10 discount the first hour we are open. Please note that admission paid at the door is CASH ONLY.
The TicketWeb link is http://www.ticketweb.com/venue/fitzgerald-s-berwyn-il/32814?pl=
PLEASE NOTE THAT ADVANCE TICKETS CAN ONLY BE USED FOR DAY AS PURCHASED AND ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.
A four-day pass may be used by anyone you like, but is good for only one admission per day. The days are marked on the pass and will be punched when you arrive -- already-punched passes will not be honored (to combat the old hand-the-pass-over-the-fence trick), so if you have a pass and you're going to leave and come back, be sure to ask the doorman for a wristband. PLEASE NOTE THAT IF PASSES ARE SOLD OUT IN ADVANCE THEY WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.
JULY 3 (doors open at 4:30 pm):
IN THE TENT
CHICAGO SALTY DOGS (5 pm): Listen to the Salty Dogs Jazz Band. Their music turns a concert into a party. Audiences around the world applaud when they hear these echoes from the past. Be a part of history in the making as the Salty Dogs carry the torch lit by the flame from the original pioneers of American traditional jazz.
ROBBIE FULKS & REDD VOLKAERT (6:30 pm): Robbie Fulks is a gifted guitarist, a soulful singer with an expressive honky-tonk tenor, and a natural performer. But what really sets him apart is his songwriting, which is one part artful country, one part artful sendup of country and one part a little of everything else It's sort of country meets David Lynch." (New York Times) Robbie is performing as a duo with Redd Volkaert, who succeeded Roy Nichols in Merle Haggard's backing band, and is among the country's top Telecaster guitar slingers. Volkaert has won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental. http://www.robbiefulks.com http://www.reddvolkaert.com
SARAH SHOOK & THE DISARMERS (8:30 pm): When Sidelong, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers’ debut album, was released in early 2017, it quickly earned kudos for its blast of fresh, fierce honesty and sly wit. It was a welcome new voice in a genre too often mired in the staid and conventional. And while that record may have come to many as a surprise, Years solidifies the point: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers have moved from getting people’s attention to commanding it. The album–with its sharpened songwriting, unique perspective, deepened sound and roll-up-your-sleeves attitude–will grab you by the collar and put a defiant finger to your chest. It is resolute, blunt, and unflinching. https://www.disarmers.com
JD McPHERSON (10:30 pm): “I was having nightmares every night, thinking, ‘Wow, they’re going to hate this,” says JD McPherson. When he talks about his new album, Undivided Heart & Soul, there’s no glimmer of self-adulation, or even the confidence one might expect of a veteran artist. Instead, there’s a snapshot of McPherson’s creative process bringing the record to life, a journey filled with fear and change, then boldness, and, eventually, catharsis. The best rock music has a story to tell. This record chronicles a series of upheavals, frustrations, roadblocks, and kismet—a cross-country move, failed creative relationships, a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity, and learning to love making music again by letting go. https://www.jdmcpherson.com
IN THE CLUB
COYOTE RIOT (5:30 pm): Coyote Riot is group of friends hailing from the far Southwest side of Chicago playing a style of Americana music with hints of folk, bluegrass, rockabilly and more. What began as hanging out, banging on some guitars and occasionally playing at local pubs back in 2012 has matured into a more developed sound being put on display on bigger stages around the Midwest and has culminated into the band’s first album release of original music in December of 2016 titled “Burnt Along the Way.”Combining the raucous sounds of guitars, tenor banjo, electric bass, peddle steel and fiddle and an array of signature voices, Coyote Riot has developed a knack for putting on a rowdy show bursting with energy. The band can often be found playing out around venues stretching the city, the local bars in and around their Mount Greenwood – Beverly neighborhood and playing outdoor summer festivals or parties for just about any occasion. https://www.facebook.com/coyoteriot/
JULY 4 (doors open at 1 pm):
IN THE TENT
Eric Lindell came to national prominence after relocating to New Orleans in 1999. His recording career began in 1996 as a local/regional New Orleans-based artist. He was picked up by Alligator Records in 2006 and recorded three albums for the label and has since issued several CDs on smaller indie labels. Lindell's musical style borrows from 1970s blues-rock, soul and R&B. Lindell's music has been described by USA Today as “pumping soul into funk, blues and roots-rock.” The Chicago Sun-Times called Lindell “a tremendous raw talent…with a fully realized musical vision.” The Los Angeles Daily News stated “Lindell serves up bluesy blue-eyed soul smothered with a big heap of New Orleans funk... The shuffling interplay of electric guitars, percolating organ and Creole horns never fails to make you feel like dancing all the way down Canal Street.” https://www.ericlindell.com/home
Born in 1954, Anson Funderburgh hails from Plano,TX, where as a youngster he picked up guitar. In high school, Anson got bit by the blues bug via Jimmy Reed & Lightning Hopkins. By 1978 he started Anson & The Rockets w/vocalist & harp player Derral Nulish. In 1986 Derral was replaced by Blind Sam Myers who stayed till his death in 2006. The Rockets went on to win 10 Handy Awards (Blues Music Awards). After Sam's death, Anson took a seven year hiatus from performing to devote to his new family. Four years ago Funderburgh resumed performing with both the Rockets & the Eric Lindell Band. The latter part of 2012 was the first of many tours of Golden State/Lone Star Review. Anson does the Delbert McClinton Sandy Beaches Cruise every year and has performed w/Boz Scaggs, Snooks Eaglin, Grady Gaines, Earl King & Jimmy Buffett. Anson is also the inspiration for Beavis ( Beavis & Butthead) since former bassist Mike Judge worked as a Rocket for three years.
IN THE SIDEBAR
JENNY BIENEMANN & FRIENDS (6:30 pm): Jenny's album "Every Soul Grows to the Light" is garnering recognition as a favorite of Folk DJ's nationwide. This will feature many who played on the album, including her husband Robin Bienemann, and a cast of local and national singers, songwriters and instrumentalists. https://www.jennybienemann.com
THE MENARDS (8 pm): Country, blues and folk rock with Tim Menard's smoky tenor backed by Michael Krayniak on bass, Gabriel Stutz on pedal steel and Cathie Van Wert Menard on fiddle. Tim Menard is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been entertaining audiences throughout America for over four decades. His musical proficiency, introspective songs, smoky tenor voice and variety of bands make him a musician to be reckoned with. http://timmenard.com/index.html
GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST (9 pm): Girls of the Golden West is Marydee Reynolds and Amalea Tshilds, recreating the music of Marydee's great aunt Millie, who along with her sister Dolly became one of the first successful female country acts in history, recording and touring throughout the US in post depression America. http://www.girlsofthegoldenwest.com
GERALD DOWD TRIO (10:15 pm): For the last 20 years, Chicago-based singer/songwriter/drummer Gerald Dowd has been a sideman for local luminaries such as Robbie Fulks, Justin Roberts, Frisbie and Nora O'Connor. More recently as a solo artist, he has opened for Jeff Tweedy, Ian Hunter and Rhett Miller. Playing alongside Gerald in his trio is bassist Randy Henry (Mabel Mabel, Samba Bamba) and drummer Larry Brown (Zapruder Point). http://www.geralddowd.com
THE DOZEN BUZZIN' COUSINS (11:30 pm): A collective of passionate musicians playing an eclectic mix of covers as well as some Ian Leith originals all over Berwyn and Chicagoland. Ian Leith (guitar/vox), Tammy Value (fiddle/vox), Gary Cleland (bass), Ryan Anderson (geetar), Sean Cassin (drums), Erin Spear (keys/vox) Maggie Dahlberg (trumpet/etc).March Madness continues! https://www.facebook.com/DozenBuzzinCousins/
JULY 6 (doors open at 1 pm):
IN THE TENT
AMAZING HEEBY JEEBIES (1:30 pm): Best described as "Dixiefried Garagabilly" drawing on various eras and genres from hillbilly, gritty blues, 60's garage punk, deep from the underworld of moody psychotic rock n roll! https://www.facebook.com/amazingheebyjeebies/
NORA JANE STRUTHERS (3 pm): Great vulnerability is often part and parcel of great artistry. The songs that last decades and weave themselves into the fabric of listeners’ lives are usually the ones in which an artist lays her soul bare for the world to hear. Nora Jane Struthers’ new album Champion is built on these kinds of songs. The 13-song collection is the follow-up to 2015’s Wake, which earned Struthers acclaim from major outlets like NPR Music, Rolling Stone Country, and “Fresh Air.” Struthers wrote and recorded the album with her longtime road band the Party Line, and the chemistry between her and the other players is palpable. The album, produced by Neilson Hubbard in Nashville, is full to the brim with stellar musicianship, unexpected arrangements that blur the lines between folk, roots, and rock, and an audible sense that everyone in the studio is having a damn good time. https://www.norajanestruthers.com
EDWARD DAVID ANDERSON (4:45 pm): Edward David Anderson is an American songwriter and rock & roll veteran who spent his formative years fronting the revered Midwest band, Backyard Tire Fire. Known for infectious melodies and memorable messages he penned eight albums for the band and played countless shows across the US and Canada. Since their hiatus in 2011 EDA has continued to write and tour as a solo artist. His delivery in the live setting is both dynamic and impactful showcasing a natural prowess on banjo, acoustic/cigar box guitars and foot percussion. He defines his sound as Black Dirt Music. "Songs about people and places, about life and love and loss. It's roots music, cultivated in the fertile soil of the Midwest." https://www.edwarddavidanderson.com
TERRANCE SIMIEN & the ZYDECO EXPERIENCE (6:30 pm): For 38 years, two- time GRAMMY award winning artist Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is – and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience bandmates – long time members Danny Williams and Stan Chambers, and horn players, Lance Ellis & Curtis Watson and Oreun Joubert back on drums– Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his band mates have performed over 9000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career. http://www.terrancesimien.com
MARCIA BALL (8:30 pm): With her most recent album, “Shine Bright,” Marcia Ball set out to, in her words, "Make the best Marcia Ball record I could make." In doing so, she has put together the most musically substantial, hopeful and uplifting set of songs of her five-decade career. Produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) and recorded in Texas and Louisiana, “Shine Bright” contains twelve songs (including nine originals), ranging from the title track's rousing appeal for public and private acts of courage to the upbeat call to action of "Pots And Pans," a song inspired by renowned Texas political writer and humorist Molly Ivins. From the humorous advice of "Life Of The Party" to the poignantly optimistic "World Full Of Love," the intensity of Ball's conviction never wavers while, simultaneously, the fun never stops. “Shine Bright” is exactly the album Ball set out to make. "It is a ridiculously hopeful, cheerful record," she says, in light of some of the album's more serious subject matter. The secret, according to Ball "is to set the political songs to a good dance beat." https://www.alligator.com/artists/Marcia-Ball/
CHRISTINE MELODY (3:45 pm): Christine Melody is a solo artist born and raised in Chicago, who is a singer-songwriter and self-taught musician. https://www.facebook.com/cyrismelo/
BILL BLOOMER (5 pm): If you’ve been wondering, “Where are all the good lion-wrestling, Buddhist monk, Americana singer-songwriters?” It’s time you meet Bill Bloomer. The singer, guitarist and songwriter is keeping the troubadour tradition alive, performing on two or three continents a year. He may be playing at a festival in Terlingua one month, and then busking in France on the way to festivals in the United Kingdom and house concerts in Scandinavia. So what does he sound like? Sinewy guitar lines played on a vintage 1930 “The Gibson,” melodies that stick to your ribs, lyrics that can evoke a laugh or a tear (sometimes in the same song) and a voice like bourbon; strong, bracing and with a sweet tinge of honey in songs telling a story like the whisper of a friend. http://billbloomer.com
JIMMY BURNS (6 pm): Singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Jimmy Burns is a contemporary bluesman who combines his Delta roots with R&B and soul to come up with a sound uniquely his own. Burns is a charismatic performer with an expressive, soulful, voice and a melodic guitar style to match. With a keen sense of his musical heritage Burns has created an upbeat style that has won critical acclaim both at home and abroad. Born near Dublin, Mississippi in 1943, Burns was fascinated by music early on. He loved the sounds coming out of the church, and the blues he heard on the streets. Burns’ sang in church and taught himself how to play guitar while he was still in the Delta. One of his particular favorites was Lightnin’ Hopkins, His oldest brother, renowned Detroit bluesman Eddie Burns, is also a guitarist who played with John Lee Hooker for a number of years before striking out on his own. http://www.jimmyburnsband.com
JAROD BUFE QUARTET (7 pm): The Jarod Bufe Quartet is a project dedicated to exploring free improvisation in the context of tonal composition. The group’s repertoire, written by Bufe, consists of pieces, which range in style from traditional cyclical song forms, to open ended structures intended to serve as a point of departure for harmolodic improvisation. The personnel and instrumentation of the quartet occasionally varies, but consistently features some of the most unique musicians from Chicago’s diverse jazz and improvised music community. As the primary outlet for Bufe’s compositional voice and continually evolving approach to improvisation, the Jarod Bufe Quartet has already developed a distinctive sound since its inception in 2012, with notable performances at such venues as Fitzgerald’s SideBar, the Ratchet Series at the Skylark, and Strobe Studios. https://www.jarodbufe.com
PIE EYED PETE & THE NEW DEALERS (8 pm): It seems like, lately, life is always somehow getting away from us. The work week is longer, the weekends shorter and good old conversations have been replaced by tweets and snapchattery. We wake up early, go to bed late and all we really have to show for it is a stomach full of stress and a face full of eye bags. Maybe it’s time we slow things down a little. Enter Pie Eyed Pete & The New Dealers and a little something they call “Slowgrass.” A self-styled genre of music and a way of life. Listening to their forthcoming new release is like grabbing a beer, heading out to the porch and spending an afternoon strummin’, pickin’, and fiddlin’ away the hours. The nine tunes on their new record "Songs For Sunday" show that life’s like a song: it’s not about how many notes you can cram into it, but actually all about what happens in the space between the notes. http://www.pieeyedpete.com
RYAN JOSEPH ANDERSON (9 pm): Ryan Joseph Anderson’s solo career began in April 2014 with the release of his debut album, The Weaver’s Broom. The album, engineered and co-produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hooray for the Riff Raff), was hailed as one of the best Americana records of the year. Songs from The Weaver’s Broom made "best of" lists for Daytrotter and Songpickr and were featured in Paste and Magnet. American Songwriter said that Anderson "evokes the open-tunings of Nick Drake as well as the barroom howl of Tom Waits." Before going solo, Anderson was known as the bandleader and songwriter for the beloved Chicago roots outfit Go Long Mule, as a guitar slinger for garage-rockers Rambos, and as a producer, sessions man and sideman for numerous artists. His influences range from country blues to psychedelic rock and are on prominent display in his masterful guitar playing and songwriting. Anderson’s sophomore release, City of Vines was released in the summer of 2017 to critical acclaim. He toured extensively in support of the record and has shared the stage with such acts as Robert Earl Keene, Honey Honey, Robbie Fulks, Charlie Parr, and Amy Helm. Ryan Joseph Anderson’s solo career began in April 2014 with the release of his debut album, The Weaver’s Broom. The album, engineered and co-produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hooray for the Riff Raff), was hailed as one of the best Americana records of the year. Songs from The Weaver’s Broom made "best of" lists for Daytrotter and Songpickr and were featured in Paste and Magnet. American Songwriter said that Anderson "evokes the open-tunings of Nick Drake as well as the barroom howl of Tom Waits." Before going solo, Anderson was known as the bandleader and songwriter for the beloved Chicago roots outfit Go Long Mule, as a guitar slinger for garage-rockers Rambos, and as a producer, sessions man and sideman for numerous artists. His influences range from country blues to psychedelic rock and are on prominent display in his masterful guitar playing and songwriting. Anderson’s sophomore release, City of Vines was released in the summer of 2017 to critical acclaim. He toured extensively in support of the record and has shared the stage with such acts as Robert Earl Keene, Honey Honey, Robbie Fulks, Charlie Parr, and Amy Helm. https://ryanjosephanderson.com
RON LAZZERETTI BAND (10 pm): Ron's songwriting walks that fine edge between dark and light, melodic and morose, steadfast and slippery, culminating in his first album "Battle Of The Planets." He will be joined by friends he's still trying to talk into it that he's played with, written with, drunk with and made victims of his well-known propensity for the Irish goodbye.http://www.ronlazzerettimusic.com/rl/
THE BELVEDERES (11 pm): Raised on a healthy diet of Garage Rock, Power-Pop, Roots, Red-Hot Rockabilly, Honky-Tonk and Soul – John Michael Ford (lead vocals, guitar), Joe Alonzo (drums, vocals) and Tyler Kock (bass guitar, vocals) came together during the early months of 2011 and presented a simple, clear-cut mission statement: Make people feel good. And when presented with such a task, we believe there's nothing quite like Rock & Roll music. We also firmly believe that if you're gonna do this work, you’d better do it right and give the audience MORE than what they paid for. Spring of 2015 saw the addition of Joe Nocchi on guitar, whose song-savvy sensibilities have proven invaluable to the group. 2015 has been a big year for The Belvederes. The late-fall release of their second full length CD, "Beggar's Heart" has already brought in rave reviews. "...as good as any rock n roll/Americana you'll find today" says Rich Wagner, owner of Rediscover Records, one of Chicago-land's most unanimously beloved record outlets. The subsequent CD release show at FitzGerald's in Berwyn caught the attention of WGN's Wendy Snyder, who had great things to say about the band and the set on her midday show, "Bill and Wendy." https://thebelvederes.com/home
MR. GAC (midnight): Mr. Gac is an all-vinyl DJ spinning funk, soul, R&B and upbeat boogie jams.
On the food front, those familiar with Tom "Festival" Cimms' past offerings consider his food a festival highlight. Tom is an old friend and former restaurateur who makes his specialties exclusively for our festival — look for a delicious mix of classic American and New Orleans faves. Yes, he will have the legendary Cochon de Lait Po' Boy and more!
This year's menu:
Cochon de Lait (Roast Pork Sandwich)
Adouille Sausage Po' Boy
Mahi-Mahi Po' Boy
Please note that NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK IS ALLOWED AT THE FESTIVAL.
There are several choices for lodging in area -- here are some ideas, all within 20 minutes or so of FitzGerald's (Oak Park is right across the street from the club). Be sure to tell 'em FitzGerald's sent you!
Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our festival. You are also welcome to call us Tue - Fri after 12 noon at (708) 788-2118, ext.0.
WHERE CAN I PARK? You can park anywhere on Roosevelt Rd. or the side streets; no meters or permit restrictions. Make sure NOT to park in business parking lots or the mini-mall to our west. Those are for their customers only and YOU WILL BE TOWED. There is also free parking at St. Mary of Celle Church, 1428 Wesley, Berwyn (located 2 blocks west of club and three block south of Roosevelt on Wesley).
DO YOU OFFER HANDICAPPED PARKING? No. Since our lot will be covered by tents, only public parking will be available and Roosevelt Road and the side streets do not offer handicapped parking.
I SEE YOU'RE SELLING ADVANCE TICKETS - WILL TICKETS ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR? Yes, as long as we have room. Please note that admission at the door is CASH ONLY If you have not bought in advance. The festival rarely sells out, but you never know! Four-day passes are also available (on ticketweb.com only).
IS IT STILL THE SAME COVER CHARGE IF I COME LATER IN THE DAY OR IN THE EVENING? Yes.
DO YOU OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS ON TICKETS? Yes. For those who are paying cash at the door, there is a $10 discount during the first hour the doors are open. Good time to get a a table too! PLEASE NOTE: If you have purchased an advance ticket, the $10 discount does not apply and can not be used to admit a child. You can also save money by buying a four-day pass and sharing it with friends! Pass available at ticketweb.com only).
SO WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THE FOUR-DAY PASS? The pass costs $150, while paying separately for each day would add up to $200. The pass is good for one entry each day and can be used by anyone. When you present the pass at the door it will be punched for that day, and cannot be used for any other day, as in "I couldn't make it yesterday, so can my friend and I both come in today instead?" Passes can be purchased at ticketweb.com and you can pick yours up at the festival entrance (no mailouts). Makes a great souvenir too! PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE SELLING A LIMITED NUMBER OF PASSES, AND IF THEY SELL OUT THEY WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.
DO YOU SERVE FOOD? Yes, we will be serving classic American BBQ plus some regional favorites. PLEASE NOTE: DURING THE FESTIVAL NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINKS WILL BE ALLOWED.
CAN I USE A CREDIT CARD? Admission at the door and drink purchases are CASH ONLY. You may use a credit card to purchase FitzGerald’s merchandise. We provide ATMs near the front door And within the festival tents.
WILL THERE BE A PLACE TO SIT? Our festival tents provide seating, but it is first-come-first-served, so get here early! We do not allow customers to bring in their own seating.
CAN I RESERVE A TABLE? No, your best bet is to come early and stake your claim.
WHAT IF I'M ONLY INTERESTED IN ONE BAND, DO I STILL HAVE TO PAY FULL PRICE? Yes.
CAN KIDS COME? IF SO, HOW LATE CAN THEY STAY? Children are welcomed (under 12 $10) and may stay until 10pm. NOTE: We do not sell advance tickets for kids, simply pay at the door.
CAN I LEAVE AND COME BACK IN? Certainly -- when you pay at the door you will be given a wristband -- just show it to the doorman as you come back in. IF YOU HAVE A FOUR-DAY PASS YOU STILL NEED A WRISTBAND.
HOW MUCH ARE YOUR DRINKS? Bottled beers run from $3.50-$6 -- draft pints $4-$7; standard liquors $6; premium liquors $6-$12 -- wines from $9/glass.
IS THIS A DRESS-UP PLACE? Not at all. Our atmosphere is casual and comfortable, with music fans from 21 to not telling. With our festival tents to protect you from the weather, you can leave the sunblock and ponchos at home!