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"A Musical Gem" -- New York Times

"Chicago Venues That Matter The Most" -- Chi Tribune (top 5)

"Slightly off the beaten path...but right on the mark for music lovers"  - Metromix Chicago

Don't let our Berwyn address fool you. FitzGerald's is conveniently located just 6 blocks from the Forest Park Blue Line stop at Oak Park Ave!

We're also easily accessible from the Eisenhower Expressway (Hwy. I-290 -- “The Ike”). Just exit at either Austin (coming from city) or Harlem (from 290E), go south to Roosevelt and find us at 6615. 

NEW!  Now there are also Divvy bikes right outside the Blue Line Stop at Oak Park.

 

As a rule, FitzGerald's is open Tuesday - Sunday starting at 5pm, CLOSED ON MONDAYS.  Someone is usually here between noon and 5 Tue-Fri.  However, we do run around during the day, so if you are coming to buy tickets before 5 we strongly recommend that you call ahead to make sure someone is at the club.

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"A Musical Gem" -- New York Times

"Chicago Venues That Matter The Most" -- Chi Tribune (top 5)

"Slightly off the beaten path...but right on the mark for music lovers"  - Metromix Chicago

FitzGerald's has been a gathering spot since it was built in the early 1900's.  Up to 1925, the frame building at 6615 W. Roosevelt was a roadhouse used as a hunting lodge and sporting team headquarters.  As more buildings rose along Roosevelt Road, the club was home to several nightclubs, the best-known being The Hunt Club, which flourished through the 1950's and early 60's--acts included Turk Murphy, Bob Scobey and Lil Armstrong.  After the Hunt Club closed, the space became the Deer Lodge, complete with pool tables and a fortune teller. 

The FitzGerald famly bought the building in 1980, and since that time FitzGerald's has gained a national reputation for excellent live music in a casual, comfortable atmosphere.  Along the way, the family purchased the buldings on either side of the club; the corner building now houses a private party space and "get away' bar, and the building to the east is currently occupied by Capri Ristorante, a popular Old World Italian restaurant.  This is a separate business from FitzGerald's -- to make a reservation or for more info, call them at (708) 637-4085.

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AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL - History

"FitzGerald's annual four-day celebration of American roots music is an ideal way to spend a 4th of July weekend. -- 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.

 

Here is a list of the artists who have played past festivals, many of whom return every year.  If you're a regular festival goer, enjoy a walk down memory lane!

 

35th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

AUGUST 30-JULY 3, 2016

August 30: Webb Wilder & the Beatnecks, Donna the Buffalo, Parker Millsap, Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles, Dead Winter Carpenters, Billy Prine Band, Cannonball, Bunkertown/Lonesome Organist, Jodi and Dave Walker.

July 1: Eric Lindell with Anson Funderburgh, Banditos, Nelson Street Revival with Cathy Richardson, Willie Nile, The Lee Boys, The Wild Reeds, The Roosevelts, Mississippi Mudpuppies, Dead Freddie, Tory P-Lopez & the Beta Males, Girls of the Golden West, The Giving Trio.

July 2: Willie Nile, Robbie Fulks, John Fullbright, The Zimmermen with Robbie Fulks and John Fullbright, Alanna Royale, Jon Dee Graham & the Fighting Cocks, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, R&B Cadets, Kevin Gordon Band, Dylan LeBlanc, Brad Cole, Choctaw Wildfire, Salty Dogs, Gerald Dowd, Curtis McMurtry, Moonrise Nation, Christine Melody Remedy.

July 3: Dos Lobos featuring Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo, Reckless Kelly, James McMurtry, The Cactus Blossoms, Choctaw Wildfire, Tributosaurus becomes James Brown, Toronzo Cannon, Sam Lewis, The Claudettes, Rico, Salty Dogs, Expo ’76, The Belvederes, Charlie Parr, Matt the Electrician, Lonesome Still. 

34th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 1-4, 2015

July 1: Pokey LaFarge, Lindi Ortega, Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Mississippi Mudpuppies, Eric Lindell, Alanna Royale, Tim Carroll, Mississippi Mudpuppies.

July 2: Joe Ely Band featuring guitarist David Grissom, JD McPherson, Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line, Girls, Guns and Glory, Sarah Borges, Uncle Lucius, Andrew Combs, Will Kimbrough, Cannonball, Bunkertown, Leadfoot Band.

July 3: Paul Thorn, Tributosaurus becomes Bob Dylan, Dustbowl Revival, The Zimmermen with Cathy Richardson, Sarah Portenza, Glen David Andrews, Eilen Jewell, Waco Brothers, Lera Lynn, 24th Street Wailers, Michelle Malone, School of Rock on Tour, Expo '76, 24th Street Wailers, The Belvederes, Dead Horses, Charlie Parr.

July 4: Marcia Ball Band, Glen David Andrews, Bill Kirchen and Redd Volkaert Band, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, W.C. Clark Blues Band, Salty Dogs Trad Jazz Band, Honey Island Swamp Band, Dale Watson, Jimmy LaFave, Jon Dee Graham & the Fighting Cocks, Kevin Gordon Band, A Muscle Shoals Music Revue with Amy Black and Sarah Borges, School of Rock on Tour, The What Four with Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, Phil Angotti, Matt Warren, Curtis McMurtry, Bailey Dee & Her Late Night Bait, Robin Bienemann, Harvey Cameron, Luke Underhill.

33RD AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 2-5, 2014

July 2: Marcia Ball Band, Junior Brown, Warren Hood Band, Colin Gilmore, Black Lillies, Joe Pug, Holmes Brothers, Chicago Farmer, Ryan Joseph Anderson, Michele McGuire.

July 3: Tribute to Lowell George featuring the New Orleans Suspects with Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat, New Orleans Suspects, Tributosaurus becomes The Band, Shinyribs, Eric Lindell & Co., Pokey LaFarge, Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, The Fat Babies, Cannonball, Ron Lazzeretti, Bunkertown, Joe Filisko and Eric Noden.

July 4: Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys, Shemekia Copeland, Bottle Rockets, Billy Joe Shaver, Lost & Nameless Orchestra, Switchback Band, Jon Dee Graham, Shinyribs, Robbie Fulks, Kevin Gordon Band, Jarekus Singleton, Cory Branan, Kory Quinn, The Belvederes, The Dyes, Weepin' Willows.

July 5: Joe Ely and Reckless Kelly, The Iguanas, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Express, Glen David Andrews, The Salty Dogs, CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band; John Fullbright, Girls, Guns & Glory perform a set and then are joined by Sarah Borges, The Split Squad, The Bellfuries, The Howlin' Brothers, Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers, Expo '76, Jenny Dragon, Ella Gill & Scott Daniel, Dirty Pigeons. 

32ND AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 3-6, 2013

July 3: Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts, Mudd Morganfield Blues Band, Ian McLagan with Jon Notarthomas, The Westies, Luke Winslow-King, The Salty Dogs, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones, The Paladins Reunion Sleepy LaBeef with Chris Neville, Joe Hall & the Louisiana Cane Cutters, Sanctified Grumblers, Stormy Weather.

July 4: Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones, The Fleshtones, Pat McLaughlin, The Blisters, Luella & the Sun, Howlin' Brothers, Brave Combo, Sonny Landreth, Kevin Gordon Band, Michelle Malone, Lost and Nameless Orchestra, Weepin' Willows, Champlin Menard Band, Sarah Potenza, The What.

July 5: Jon Dee Graham, Melissa Ferrick and Band, John Fullbright, Cathy Richardson Band, Sarah & the Tall Boys, James McMurtry, Bottle Rockets, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, Doop, Loves It, Hope Rose.

July 6: Jimmy LaFave, NRBQ, Dolly Varden, Warren Hood Band, The Shams Band, Expo '76, Tributosaurus becomes Tom Petty, Marcia Ball Band, Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs, Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, Girl Group Chicago, Cannonball, Naomi Ashley, Roxy.

31st AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JUNE 29 –JULY 3, 2012

June 29: Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones, Robbie Fulks and Steve Frisbee as the Everly Brothers, Garland Jeffreys, Elephant Revival, Sons of Fathers, Anna Fermin Band, Joel Patterson & the Wooden Sounds, Puffins, Go Long Mule, 

June 30: Brave Combo, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Ike Reilly Assassination, Kenny Neal, Jon Dee Graham & the Fighting Cocks, Webb Wilder, Randall Bramblett Band, Joe Pug, Kevin Gordon, Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Deadstring Brothers, WPA Barn Dance, Tyler Krienitz, Parlours, Chandelier Swingers.

July 1: Honey Island Swamp Band, CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones, Marcia Ball, Paul Thorn Band, Otis Taylor, The Derailers, The Congregation, Peter Karp/Sue Foley Band, John Burnett Orchestra with Frieda Lee, Ryan Brunet & the Malfecteurs, Gina Knight Orchestra, Kyle Douglas, Blue Ribbon Glee Club, Sanctified Grumblers.

July 3: Waco Brothers & Friends featuring Paul Burch, Tributosaurus becomes Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chuck Prophet, Honey Island Swamp Band, Lydia Loveless, Expo ’76, Walter Salas Humara, Special Consensus Bluegrass, Bunkertown, Cannonball, Cannon-Town.

30th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 1-3, 2011

July 1: Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Marcia Ball, Tracy Nelson, Cathy Richardson & the Macrodots, Jeff & Vida, Michelle Malone, Roddy Romero & The Hub City All-Stars, Go Long Mule, Harrison St. Ukulele Players

July 2: Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Reckless Kelly, Bottle Rockets, Tributosaurus becomes The Neville Bros./Meters, Dave Gonzalez & the Stone River Boys, Dave Kay Band, Whitey Morgan & the 78’s, Special Consensus, Uncle Lucius, Les Bassettes, Chicago Salty Dogs, Roddy Romero & The Hub City All Stars, Bunkertown, The Tillers

July 3: Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones, Junior Brown, Joe Pug, Jon Dee Graham, Hobart Bros., Spampinato Bros., Chicago Grandstand Big Band, The Iguanas, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Expo ‘76, Susan Cowsill & Russ Broussard, Sarah & the Tallboys 

29th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 1-4, 2010

July 1: Meetin’ in the Middle with The Travelin’ McCourys & The Lee Boys, Bonerama, The Lee Boys, CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band, Travelin’ McCourys, Honey Island Swamp Band, Jon Langford’s Skull Orchard, Bryan Lee 7 the Blues Power Band.

July 2: Jon Dee Graham & the Fighting Cocks, Marcia Ball Band, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Joe Pug & the 100 Mike Band featuring Bucky Baxter, Uncle Lucius, Wayne Hancock, Honey Island Swamp Band, Whitey Morgan 7 the 78s, Rayland Baxter, The Giving Tree Band.

July 3: Willie Nile, Joe Ely Band featuring Bobby Keys and Robbie Gersoe, Jon Dee Graham & the Fighting Cocks, The Blasters with Dave Alvin, Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra, Joe Pug & the 100 Mike Band featuring Bucky Baxter, The Nighthawks with Hubert Sumlin, Webb Wilder, Tributosaurus becomes Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Eilen Jewell, Yellowhammers, Salty Dogs, Jeff & Vida, Rayland Baster

July 4: The Blasters with Dave Alvin, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Waco Brothers, James Hunter, Brave Combo, CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Susan Cowsill, The Anointed Vessel Gospel Choir, The Victory Travelers, Kevin Gordon Band, Brienn Perry Orchestra, Briggs Brown & the Bayou Cajuns, Blue Line Riders, The Tillers.

28th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 1-JULY 4, 2009

July 1: Waco Brothers, Joe Ely Band featuring Bobby Keyes, David Grissom, Any Petit, David McLarty, Cornmeal, Cathy Richardson and Her San Fran Band, Beausoliel with Michael Doucet, Joe Hall & Louisiana Cane Cutters, Colin Gilmore.

July 2: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Robbie Fulks, Marcia Ball, Bill Kirchen, Pat McLaughlin, Beausoliel with Michael Doucet, Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Petra’s Recession Seven, Chocolate Covered Karma.

July 3: Eric Lindell, Marcia Ball, The Gourds, Shemekia Copeland, Jon Dee Graham, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Pieta Brown & Dream #9, Roomful of Blues, Feufollet, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Swamp Dogs featuring Michael McDermott, John Rice, Brad Nye, John Spiegel, Klem Hayes and the Music of Mike Jordan, Switchback, Long Gone Lonesome Boys.

July 4: John Mooney & Bluesiana, Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women, Jon Dee Graham, Tributosaurus becomes Elvis Presley, Terry Adams Crazy Trio, Terrance Simien & Zydeco Experience, WPA featuring Glen Phillips, Sean Watkins, Luke Bella, Sebastian Steinberg, Michelle Malone, Over the Rhine, The Nighthawks, Carrie Rodriguez, Big Smith, Guy Forsyth, Tarbox Ramblers, C&E Jug Band.

27th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 2-JULY 5, 2008

July 2: Chuck Prophet, Cornmeal, Pat McLaughlin, Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie, Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles, Bryan Lee & the Blues Power Band, Guy Forsyth, Henhouse Prowlers.

July 3: Marcia Ball, Tributosaurus becomes The Allman Brothers, Lee Boys, Dynamites with Charles Walker, Paul Sanchez & John Boutte, Terry Evans, Susan Cowsill, Bunkertown, Cannonball.

July 4: Waco Brothers, Marcia Ball, Ian McLagan & the Bump Band, Bonerama, Jon Dee Graham, Holmes Brothers, Kevin Gordon, Paul Thorn, Victory Travelers & the Anointed Vessels Gospel Choir, Janiva Magness, John Burnett Orchestra, Nicholas Tremulis.

July 5: Robbie Fulks, Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men, Jon Dee Graham, Hacienda Brothers, Joe Ely & Joel Guzman, Rosie Flores & the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, The Famous Potatoes, Paul Cebar, Big Smith, BS Brass Band, Switchback, Salty Dogs, Johnny Burns, Jeff & Vida, The Yellowhammers.

26th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JUNE 29 -JULY 1, JULY 3, 2007

June 29: Waco Brothers, James Hunter, Lee Boys, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Guitar Shorty, Big Smith, Bunkertown, Chicago Cajun Aces, Rob McShane.

June 30: Bob Schneider, Marcia Ball, Tony Joe White, Beausoliel, Nappy Brown & Bob Margolin, Sleepy LaBeef, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Famous Brothers, Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance Band, The Yellowhammers.

July 1: Marcia Ball, Pat McLaughlin, Jon Dee Graham, Victory Travelers with the Anointed Vessel Choir, Holmes Brothers, Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun, Mark Hummel’s Blues Harp Blowout with Billy Branch and James Harman, Elana James and the Hot Club of Cowtown, Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel, John Burnett Orchestra, Michelle Malone, John Burnett Orchestra, Eric Noden & Joe Filisko.

July 3: Ian McLagan & the Bump Band, Tributosaurus, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Robbie Fulks, Jon Dee Graham, Hayes Carll, Willy Porter, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Switchback, Salty Dogs, Jeff & Vida.

25th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JUNE 30-JULY 3, 2006

June 30: Marcia Ball, Brave Combo, CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Jimmy LaFave, Wrinkle Neck Mules, Jeff & Vida.

July 1: Marcia Ball, The Blasters featuring Dave Alvin & Gene Taylor, Pat McLaughlin, Jimmy LaFave, Tributosaurus becomes the Byrds, Kevin Gordon Band, Heartsfield, Switchback, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans, Jon Langford’s Ship & Pilot, Deacon Rubin & the Victory Travelers with the Anointed Vessel Choir of Chicago, Anne Harris, Nicholas Tremulis, Jeff & Vida.

July 2: The Blasters featuring Dave Alvin & Gene Taylor, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Sonny Landreth, Webb Wilder, Jon Dee Graham, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Chatham County Line, John Burnett featuring Byron Strippling, Chevere, John Bany’s Men of Note featuring Eric Schneider, Jeff & Vida.

July 3: Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Famous Potatoes Reunion with Michael McDermott, Bill Kirchen with Sarah Brown & Lisa Pankratz, Jon Dee Graham, Dale Watson, Eric Lindell, Devil in a Woodpile, Terrance Simien Family Show, Jeff & Vida.

24th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JUNE 30 -JULY 3, 2005

June 30: Jimmy LaFave, Lee Boys, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeans, Salty Dogs, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun, Hacienda Brothers, Hoyle Brothers.

July 1: Marcia Ball Band, Anders Osborne, Dallas Wayne & Red Volkaert, Roots Rock Rollercoaster with Elizabeth McQueen, Brave Combo, Ian McLagan & the Bump Band, Jon Dee Graham, Paul Thorn.

July 2: Robbie Fulks, Tributosaurus becomes The Band, Dallas Wayne & Red Volkaert, Eh La-Bas, John Burnett Orchestra, The Gourds, Cathy Richardson Band, Kinsey Report, Lee Boys, Patterson Hood, Kevin Gordon, Grey DeLisle, Jennifer Nicely.

July 3: Marcia Ball Band, The Gourds, Sleepy LaBeef, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, The Subdudes, King Wilkie, Hackensaw Boys, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas, Eh La-Bas, Del Rey.

23rd AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 1-4, 2004

July 1: Michael McDermott, Gena Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Chevere, Poncho Chavez & the Magic Sounds, Jeff and Vida Band, Robbie Fulks, Jimmy LaFave, Chris and Heather’s 16mm Film Jamboree, Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel

July 2: Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, Santiago Jimenez, Last Train Home, Paul Burch, Jeff and Vida Band, Jimmy LaFave, Star Blues Jam featuring Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Bob Margolin, Mookie Brill and Willie “Big Eye” Smith, Nicholas Tremulis.

July 3: Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men, Lagniappe Set, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Salty Dogs, Savoy Family Band, Jeff and Vida Band, Salty Dogs, Drive By Truckers, Reckless Kelly, Jon Dee Graham, Dollar Store, Cornmeal, Stone City Stranglers.

July 4: Waco Brothers, Reckless Kelly, Tito Jackson & the Jackson Five Band, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Eric Noden, Jeff and Vida Band, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men, Pat McLaughlin, Eric Ambel and the Roscoe Trio, The She Demons of Rockabilly with Casey Sisters, The Honeybees, Dawn Shipley and the Sharp Shooters, Lurrie Bell and Dave Specter, Ann Rabson, Jackie Greene.

22nd AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 2-5, 2003

July 2: Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys, Brave Combo, James McMurtry, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun with special guest Robbie Fulks, Dale Watson, Salty Dogs, Jeff & Vida.

July 3: Waco Brothers, Sonny Landreth, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Pat McLaughlin, Liz Carroll, The Blue-Runners, Monterey Jazz Honor Band, Jeff & Vida.

July 4: The Iguanas, Marcia Ball Band, Los Straitjackets with the World Famous Pontani Sisters with special guest Eddy Clearwater, Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Wayne Brooks, Hot Club of Cowtown, Tarbox Ramblers, Switchback, Jeff & Vida.

July 5: Marcia Ball Band, Dirty Dozen, Jon Dee Graham Band, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans, Andrew Bird, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys, Freakwater, Casolando, Paul Thorn Band, The Delafields, Chicago Jazz Orchestra with Frieda Lee and Dan Trudell, Jeff & Vida.

21st AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

July 3-6, 2002

July 3: Marcia Ball Band, The Dudes, Terrance Simien, Bill Kirchen, Hot Club of Cowtown, Beaver Nelson, Jeff & Vida.

July 4: Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men, The Treniers with Mile Trenier, Los Straitjackets, Big Sandy & His Fly-rite Boys, Pontani Sisters, Jon Dee Graham, Jim Lauderdale, The Resentments, Dallas Wayne, The Paladins, Jeff & Vida, Chicago Jazz Orchestra with Kurt Elling and Frieda Lee.

July 5: Sonny Landreth, Billy Joe Shaver, Junior Brown, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Robbie Fulks, Alvin Youngblood Hart, The Ranch Girls, Chicago Salty Dogs Jazz Band, Jeff & Vida.

July 6: Mavis Staples & the Staple Singers, Otis Clay, Billy Joe Shaver, Alex Chilton, The Treniers with Milt Trenier, The Blazers, The Hackberry Ramblers, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Rockamatics, Jeff & Vida, Lonesome Bob, The Honeybees, Brienn Perry Orchestra.

20th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JUNE 29-JULY 1, July 3, 2001

June 29: Mike Plume Band, BR549, Pat McLaughlin, Jesse Dayton, The Morells, The Domino Kings, King Clarentz Brewer, Mama Digdown’s Brass Band.

June 30: Alejandro Escovedo, Jimmy LaFave, Billy Joe Shaver, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Trent Summar & the New Row Mob, Scotty & the Ligonaires, Mike Plume Band, Jason Ringenberg, Gospel Showcase with Otis Clay and the Gospel Crusaders, The Victory Travelers and the Christian Fellowship Choir with Tawannna Clay, Hackinsaw Boys, Perla de Mexico.

July 1: Robbie Fulks, Marcia Ball Band, Billy Joe Shaver, Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys, Wayne Hancock, Del McCoury, Kevin Gordon Band, Hackberry Ramblers, The Ranch Girls, Chuck Hedges Swingtet, Chicago Jazz Orchestra.

July 3: Marcia Ball Band, Sonny Landreth, Los Straitjackets, R&B Cadets Reunion, Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel, Tarbox Ramblers, The Juleps, Salty Dogs.

19th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JUNE 30-JULY 3, 2000

June 30: Joe Ely Band, Reckless Kelly, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans, Magnolia Sisters, Teddy Morgan with Bo Ramsey, Kevin Gordon Band, Sones de Mexico.

July 1: Joe Ely Band, Ronnie Dawson, Robbie Fulks, Hackberry Ramblers, Mike Plume Band, Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun, Special Consensus, Beatle Brothers, Switchback, Famous Brothers.

July 2: Alejandro Escovedo, Marcia Ball Band, Blue Rodeo, Joe Grushecky & the House Rockers, Gurf Morlix with John Sieger, Red Elvises, Jimmy LaFave, John Sebastian, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Franz Jackson, Laketown Buskers.

July 3: Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men, Marcia Ball Band, Jimmy LaFave, C.J. Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Band, Waco Brothers, Heatersons, Betsy & the Bone Shakers, Kelley Hunt.

18th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 1-4, 1999

July 1: Marcia Ball Band, Ian Moore, Hen House, Bruce Robison, Monte Warden, Wayne Hancock, Monte Montgomery, Jon Dee Graham.

July 2: Marcia Ball, Jimmy LaFave, James McMurtry, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas, Rosie Flores, Shannon Curfman, Big Smith.

July 3: Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys, Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys, The Backsliders, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Los Aztex featuring Joel Guzman, Mike Plume Band, Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel, The Blue Rags, The Riptones, Salty Dogs.

July 4: C.J. Chenier, Jimmy LaFave, Bottle Rockets, The Blazers, Los Straitjackets, Casolando, Fred Eaglesmith, Michelle Wilson, Jimmy Sutton’s Four Charms, Jazz Members Big Band.

17th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 1-4, 1998

July 1: The Iguanas, Kelly Willis, Geno Delafose, Hadley J. Castille, Kevin Gordon.

July 2: The Iguanas, Los Straitjackets, The Bottle Rockets, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Kelly Willis, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Chicago Basie Connection.

July 3: Alejandro Escovedo, Otis Clay, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Jimmy LaFave, Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun, Mama Digdown’s Brass Band.

July 4: Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men, Terrance Simien and the Mallet Playboys, Jimmy LaFave, The Big Swing, Hackberry Ramblers, Cheri Knight, Blue Mountain, Jazz Members Big Band with Frieda Lee and Kurt Elling; Sones De Mexico.

16th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 2-5, 1997

July 2: Marcia Ball Band, Rhythm Club, Tiny Town, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans, Bo Ramsey.

July 3: Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys, Hadley J. Castille & the Sharecroppers, Switchback, Marcia Ball Band, The Cicadas (Rodney Crowell, Vince Santora, Michael Rhodes, Stewart Smith, Sonny Burgess, The Juleps.

July 4: Webb Wilder Band, C.J. Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Band, Mel Menton and the Wicked Mojos, Elvis 20th Anniversary Tribute (Rich Saucedo & Mark Hussman with the Expense Account Orchestra), Ronnie Dawson, Old 97s, Jimmy LaFave, Steve Forbert and the Next Big Thing, Vidalias.

July 5: Jimmy LaFave, Holmes Brothers, Hackberry Ramblers, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Salty Dogs, Jazz Members Big Band, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men, Candye Kane, The Skeletons, Neal Coty, Robbie Fulks, Anna Fermin & Trigger Gospel.

15th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 2-5, 1996

July 3: Storyville, Alejandro Escovedo, John Sieger and Phil Lee, Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys, The Derailers, Chuck Hedges Swingtet.

July 4: John Mooney, Keb’ Mo’, Los Straitjackets, Mighty Blue Kings, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, Hackberry Ramblers, Bid Livers, Charles Lane Jazz Band.

July 5: Jimmy LaFave, Blue Rodeo, Cornell Hurd Band, Marcia Ball Band, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans, Mem Shannon, Charles Lane Jazz Band.

July 6: Marcia Ball Band, The Tailgators, Molly and the Makers, Jimmy LaFave, Candye Kane, Steve Reiley & the Mamou Playboys, Jazz Members Big Band, Salty Dogs. 

14th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JUNE 29-JULY 3, 1995

June 29: Luther Allison, Don Walser and the Pure Texas Band, Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans, Geno Delafose & the Eunice Playboys, Charles Lane Jazz Band.

June 30: Jimmy LaFave, Dave Hole, Candye Kane, Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys, The Blazers, Charles Lane Jazz Band.

July 1: The Iguanas, Jimmy LaFave, Loose Diamonds, Don Walser and the Pure Texas Band, Lil’ Brian Terry & the Zydeco Travelers, Switchback.

July 2: Pat McLaughlin, Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets with Sam Myers, Waco Brothers with Sally Timms, The Iguanas, Hackberry Ramblers, Jazz Members Big Band.

July 3: Dave Alvin, The Skeletons, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Marcia Ball Band, Geno Delafose & the Eunice Playboys.

13th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JUNE 30-JULY 3, 1994

June 30: NRBQ; Marcia Ball Band, Steve Ferguson, Doyle Bramhall, Charles Lane with the Lester Stephens Band.

July 1: Beausoleil, The Insiders, Duke Robillard, Cathy Richardson Band, Fernest Arceneaux, Franz Jackson.

July 2: Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans, Loose Diamonds, Hackberry Ramblers, Stephen Bruton, Jimmy LaFave, Fernest Arceneaux.

July 3: Marcia Ball Band, Pat McLaughlin, Jimmy LaFave, David Halley, Jazz Members Big Band, Swingtet.

12th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 1-3, 1993

July 1: The Iguanas, Junior Brown, Marcia Ball Band, Ranch Romance, Lester Stephens Traditional Jazz Band..

July 2: Blue Rodeo, Loose Diamonds, Toni Price, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans, Hackberry Ramblers, Lester Stephens Traditional Jazz Band.

July 3: The Skeletons, Sonny Landreth, James Harmen, Monty Warden, Hackberry Ramblers, John Delafose, Lester Stephens Traditional Jazz Band.

11th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 2-4, 1992

July 2: Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans, Alejandro Escovedo, Marcia Ball Band, Boozoo Chavis, Lester Stephens Traditional Jazz Band.

July 3: The Skeletons, John Mooney, The Iguanas, Boozoo Chavis, Lester Stephens Traditional Jazz Band.

July 4: Marcia Ball Band, Famous Potatoes, Danny Gatton, Irma Thomas, Kanda Bongo Man, Kathy O’Hara and Diane Lattey.

10th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 3-6, 1991

July 3: Marcia Ball Band, John Campbell, Chris Smither, Bruce Daigrepont’s Cajun Band, Lester Stephens Traditional Jazz Band.

July 4: The Skeletons, Bobby King & Terry Evans, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans, Lester Stephens Traditional Jazz Band.

July 5: Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys, Spooner, Marcia Ball Band, The Remainders, Lester Stephens Traditional Jazz Band.

July 6: The Insiders, The Rousers, Lonnie Brooks Blues Band, Bayou Swamp Band, Lester Stephens Traditional Jazz Band.

9th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JUNE 29-JULY 1, JULY 3, 1990

June 29: C.J. Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Band, Sonny Landreth and the Goners, The Kinsey Report with Big Daddy Kinsey, The Spanic Boys.

June 30: C.J. Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Band, File, Lonnie Brooks Blues Band, Sonny Landreth and the Goners.

July 1: Ellington Dynasty with Johnny Frigo, Memphis Nighthawks, Big Shoulders.

July 3: Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys, Bruce Daigrepont’s Cajun Band, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans, Little Charlie & the Nitecats, John Hammond. 

8th  AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JUNE 30-JULY 3, 1989

June 30: C.J. Chenier, Beausoleil, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans.

July 1: C.J. Chenier, Beausoleil, Betsy and the Boneshakers, New Grass Revival.

July 2: Webb Wilder & the Beatnecks, Five Blind Boys from Alabama, Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys, Jazz Members Big Band.

July 3: Webb Wilder & the Beatnecks, Dynatones, Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys, Tailgators.

7th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 1-3, 1988

July 1: Joe Ely, Otis Clay, C.J. Chenier, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeans, Lester Stephens.

July 2: Joe Ely, Kinsey Report, Semi Twang, Lester Stephens, Beausoleil.

July 3: Joe Ely, Jazz Members Big Band, Blue Rodeo, Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys, Beausoleil.

6th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 2-5, 1987

July 2: Clifton Chenier and His Red Hot Louisiana Band, Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeans, Jazz Members Big Band.

July 3: Clifton Chenier and His Red Hot Louisiana Band, Bluesbusters, Lonnie Mack.

July 4: Clifton Chenier and His Red Hot Louisiana Band, Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys, Paleface Brigade, Mike Jordan & the Rockamatics, L’ll Ed and the Blues Imperials.

July 5: Dr. John, Beausoleil, Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys, Webb Wilder and the Beatnecks, Little Charlie and the Nightcats.

5th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 3-5, 1986

July 3: Vanessa Davis Band, Jazz Members Big Band.

July 4: Clifton Chenier and His Red Hot Louisiana Band, The Sun Messengers, Mike Jordan & the Rockamatics, E*I*E*I*O.

July 5: Clifton Chenier and His Red Hot Louisiana Band, The Sun Messengers, Kool Ray and the Polaroids, Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns 

4th AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 3-6, 1985

July 3: Professor’s Blues Review with Gloria Hardiman, Jazz Members Big Band.

July 4: Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows, Juggular, Fitzwater.

July 5: The Elvis Brothers, Spooner, The Moe-Rons.

July 6: Albert Collins and the Ice-Breakers.

3rd AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 3-4, 1984

July 3: The Elvis Brothers, Mike Jordan & the Rockamatics, Eric Schneider Quintet, Jazz Members Big Band.

July 4: Lonnie Brooks, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Special Concensus, Jethro Burns and Friends, Art Hodes and the Jazz Allstars.

2rd AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 3, 1983

July 3: The Radiators, Mike Jordan & the Rockamatics, Jazz Members Big Band, Barrett Deems and the “Grin and Barrett” Band, Jump ‘n’ the Saddle.

1st AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

JULY 4, 1982

July 4: Clifton Chenier and his Red Hot Louisiana Band, The Famous Potatoes, Salty Dogs, Jazz Members Big Band.

GROUND ZERO

This is the weekend where the idea was born. The next year the first AMF came into existence.

JULY 3-4, 1981

July 3: Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.

July 4: Art Hodes with Jim Beebe Band featuring drummer Barrett Deems.

 

FAQ

Here are answers to some of the most common questions people have about FitzGerald's:

WHERE CAN I PARK? You can park anywhere on Roosevelt Rd. or the side streets; no meters or permit restrictions. You may also find a spot on the parking lot in front of the club, although those tend to go quickly.  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. 

DO YOU SERVE FOOD?  FitzGerald's does not serve food, but there is an excellent Old World Italian restaurant right next door - Capri Ristorante -- and they are happy to deliver your dinner to the club. Call Capri at (708) 637-4085.  You are also welcome to order food from nearby restaurants for delivery but please, NO OUTSIDE DRINKS.

WILL THERE BE A PLACE TO SIT?  This is a tough one.  The amount of furniture varies depending on the band/ticket sales, though we almost always have SOME furniture.  Best to call a few days before the show and ask how it's looking.

HOW DO I GET ADVANCE TICKETS FOR A SHOW?  There are two ways to get advance tickets. 1) Stop by FitzGerald's after 5p.m. any day except Monday (closed) and a bartender can sell you tickets.  2) Go to http://www.ticketweb.com.  If you're not sure whether to buy a ticket for whether advance tickets are being sold (for smaller shows you usually just pay at the door), give us a call at (708) 788-2118.  NOTE:  As a rule, FitzGerald's is open Tuesday - Sunday starting at 5pm, CLOSED ON MONDAYS. However, we do run around during the day, so if you are coming to buy tickets before 5 we strongly recommend that you call ahead to make sure someone is at the club.

CAN I RESERVE A TABLE? - No.  Our doors open at 7pm (or 1 hour prior to shows that begin before 8:00pm), so your best bet is to come early and stake your claim.

IS UNDER 21 OK?  Aside from the occasional all-ages show, FitzGerald's is a 21+ club.  However, those under 21 ARE allowed if accompanied by a parent.

HOW MUCH ARE YOUR DRINKS?  Bottled beers run from $3.50-$5 -- draft pints $5-$7; standard liquors $5; premium liquors $5-$10 -- wines from $5-$8/glass.

IS THIS A DRESS-UP PLACE?  Not at all. Our atmosphere is casual and comfortable, with music fans from 21 to not telling.

COCKTAIL MENU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the SideBar, we specialize in craft cocktails. Here's our current menu; of course if you have a particular favorite or just tell the bartender that type of drink you prefer, we take pride in creating  something you'll love. 

 NOTE: Please let the bartender know about any allergies.  Some cocktails may contain egg or ingredients with nuts.

 

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Martini - Tanqueray 10, Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth, Orange Bitters - 10

Aviation - Plymouth, Luxardo Maraschino, Creme Yvette, Lemon - 10

Last Word - Beefeater, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino, Lime - 12

Clover Club - Martin Millers, Lemon, Raspberries, Egg White, Simple Syrup - 10

20th Century - Tanqueray, Creme de Cacao, Cocchi Americano, Lemon - 9

Pegu Club - St. George Terrior, Cointreau, Lime, Bitters - 10

Pimms Cup - Death's Door, Pimms, Lemon, Ginger Beer, Cucumber, Simple Syrup - 10

Martinez - Hayman's Old Tom, Carpano Antica, Luxardo Maraschino, Orange Bitters - 10

Improved Gin Cocktail - Bols Genever, Luxardo Apricot, Demerara, Angostura - 10

Sloe Gin Fizz - Plymouth, Plymouth Sloe Gin, Lemon, Simple Syrup, Soda - 10

 

BRANDY

Jack Rose - Apple Jack, Housemade Grenadine, Lemon / Lime - 9

Pisco Sour - Pisco Porton, Lemon, Egg White, Simple Syrup, Angostura Bitters - 10

Arnaud's French 75 - A.E. Dor VS, Lemon, Demerara, Champagne - 10

Japanese - A.E Dor VS, Orgeat, Angostura Bitters - 10

 

RUM

Jungle Bird - Cruzan Black Strap, Campari, Pineapple, Lime- 10

Shaken Daquiri - Owney's, Lime, Simple Syrup - 9

Rum Flip - Zaya Gran Reserva, Angostura Bitters, Strawberries, Demerara, Egg White - 12

Chicago Fizz - Banks 7, Port, Lemon, Egg White - 12

 

WHISKEY

Old Fashioned - Templeton Rye, Bitters, Demerara Syrup, Citrus - 10

Sazerac - Old Overholt Rye, Peychaud's Bitters, Demerara Syrup, Absinthe - 9

Old Pal - Buffalo Trace, Noilly Pratt Dry Vermouth, Campari - 10

Scofflaw - Knob Creek Rye, Noilly Pratt Dry Vermouth, House Grandine, Lemon -10

De La Louisiane - Bulleit Rye, Carpano Antica, Benedictine, Peychaud's Bitters, Absinthe - 10

New York Sour - Makers Mark, Lemon, Simple Syrup, Mulled Wine - 10

Seasonal Cobbler - Old Forrester, Demerara Syrup, Seasonal Fruit, Soda - 9

Blinker - Templeton Rye, Grapefruit, Raspberries, Lemon Honey Syrup - 10

Brown Derby - Wyoming Whiskey, Baranjager, Grapefruit, Lemon, Honey Syrup - 10

Seelbach - Knob Creek, Peychaud's Bitters, Angostura Bitters, Cointreau, Champagne - 12

 

BEER MENU

COME CHECK OUT OUR BRAND NEW TAP SYSTEM IN THE CLUB!!  16 Draft Choices!

Of course we offer a full line of wines and spirits too, but our brew-loving customers like to keep up with our latest menu, as beers change with the seasons.  For our latest offerings, please go to http://www.beermenus.com/places/11196-fitzgerald-s

 

Food / Lodging

FitzGerald's does not serve food, but there is an excellent Old World Italian restaurant right next door - Capri Ristorante -- you can eat there before the show or they are happy to deliver your dinner to the club. Call Capri at (708) 637-4085 for reservations.  Click below for their menu:

http://capriberwyn.com/

There are several excellent restaurants in the vicinity, including the multiple award-winning AUTRE MONDE just two blocks away.  Click this link for a list of places near FitzGerald's: https://www.zomato.com/chicago/dinner-in-berwyn

You are also welcome to order food from nearby restaurants for delivery but please, NO OUTSIDE DRINKS.

 

LODGING

There are several excellent hotels and bed and breakfast lodgings in neighboring Oak Park and within minutes of the club.  Here is a listing of those and some others nearby.  Tell 'em FitzGerald's sent you!

https://www.expedia.com/Berwyn-Hotels.d79328.Travel-Guide-Hotels?regionId=215&langid=1033&semcid=US.UB.GOOGLE.SEARCH.HOTEL&kword=illinois_hotels_dsa!e.ZzZz.4820000000040.0.103172457070._cat%3Aunited%20states%2Fillinois%23inurl%3Atravel-guide-hotels.illinois_hotels_dsa&gclid=CJfetZux380CFQ8vaQodeA4FjA

 

Photos

Check out some great FitzGerald's fotos on Flickr!  Thanks to all who contributed!!

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=fitzgerald%27s%20berwyn

 

 

Posters

Click the link below for some posters of past shows -- hope they bring back some great memories!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/109186657@N03/

 

FitzGerald's On Film

Major motion pictures, commercials, and more have been shot on location at FitzGerald's.

The Color of Money

©1986 Touchstone

Martin Scorcese's pool hustling flick featuring Paul Newman and Tom Cruise featured a scene at FitzGerald's--the first 20 minutes or so, when Newman discovers Cruise (and Oak Park native Mary Mastriantonio) was shot in the club. Fun Fact! Tom Cruise performed all of his own trick shots.

A League of Their OwnA League of Their Own

©1992 Columbia Pictures

Columbia closed down FitzGerald's for three weeks to shoot the 5 minute roadhouse sequence. In this scene, Oak Park native (and Huskie softball star!) Megan Cavanaugh drunkenly comandeers the mic for a serenade to her one true love. FitzGerald's still features the stage mural that was painted for the film.

 

 

 

Blink (1994)

FitzGerald's was featured in the very first scene of the movie, as Detective John Hallstrom (Aidan Quin)n and his cop buddies have a few cold ones and watch the band (The Drovers) with Emma Brody (Madeline Stowe) on fiddle,  and Hallstrom  takes a dare, not knowing that Madeline Stowe is blind.

 

 


Adventures In Babysitting (1987)


One of best scenes in the iconic 80's film, where the kids stumble into a blues bar and have to sing the blues!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Express (2008)

FitzGerald's is featured in the scene where the team, in a show of unity when Ernie Davis is was told by organizers that he would be allowed to accept his 1960 Cotton Bowl MVP  award at the post-game banquet, and would immediately have to leave the segregated facility, opts to head to a "Texas" roadhouse for their celebration.

 

 

 

The club has also been featured in several television shows and commericals.  For more Planet Berwyn, click on this link to our Flickr page:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/109186657@N03/sets/72157637844527315/

 

 

 

 

Location Photos

Considering FitzGerald's for your shoot?  Here are some photos that may help. 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/109186657@N03/sets/72157637850383894/

Bon Jovi - "Lost Highway" Music Video

Jon Bon Jovi and the band spent a day here in 2007...

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0slRE1-g1Q&list=RDn0slRE1-g1Q#t=0