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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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FAQ (General - Not for Festival)

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.

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.

 

2017 American Music Festival

"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.

Friday, June 30: Doors Open At 4:30 -- IN THE TENT: Terry Hanck Band (5 pm), Western Centuries (6:30 pm), The Zimmermen (8:15 pm), Southern Culture on the Skids (10:15 pm). IN THE CLUB: David Luning (6 pm), The Waco Brothers (7:45 pm), Robbie Fulks & Redd Volkaert (9:30 pm), Expo ’76 (11:30 pm). IN THE SIDEBAR: Jenny Bienemann (6 pm), Northsiders Barbershop Quartet (7:30 pm), Charlie Parr (9 pm), The Shams Band (10:30 pm).

 

Saturday, July 1: Doors Open At 1:00 -- IN THE TENT: Chicago Salty Dogs (1:30 pm), Semi-Twang (2:45 pm), Chicago Salty Dogs (4 pm), The Tillers (4:45 pm), Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience (6:30 pm), Marshall Crenshaw with Los Straitjackets (8:30 pm), Shemekia Copeland (10:15 pm). IN THE CLUB: Charlie Parr (1:30 pm), Liz Vice (3 pm), Kevin Gordon Band (4:30 pm), Los Straitjackets, The Pines (7:45 pm), Sarah Shook & the Disclaimers (9:30 pm), Shiny Ribs (11:15 pm). IN THE SIDEBAR: Kim Kaler (2:30 pm), Gerald Dowd (4 pm), Babe-alon 5 (5:45 pm), Curtis McMurtry (7 pm), Blue Eyed Bettys (8:45 pm), The Belvederes (10:30 pm). 

Sunday, July 2: Doors Open At 1:00 -- IN THE TENT: British Buddy Alumni Big Band (1:30 pm), Switchback (3 pm), Funkadesi (4:30 pm), Tributosaurus becomes The Monkees (6:30 pm), Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band (8:30 pm), Shiny Ribs (10:30 pm). IN THE CLUB: Ryan Joseph Anderson (2:15 pm), Wesley Bright & the Honeytones (4 pm), The Deslondes (5:45 pm), Jon Dee Graham (7:30 pm), Sarah Borges with Eric Ambel (9:15 pm), Ike Reilly (11 pm). IN THE SIDEBAR: Jack Klatt (4 pm), Ron Lazzeretti (5:15 pm), Girls of the Golden West (6:30 pm), Liv Mueller (7:45 pm), Brett Newski (9:30 pm), Wild Earp (11 pm).

Monday, July 3: Doors Open At 4:00 -- IN THE TENT: The Commonheart (4:30 pm), C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band (6 pm), Marcia Ball Band (8 pm), Dave Alvin & the Guilty Ones (10 pm). IN THE CLUB: The Blisters (5:45 pm), Miles Nielsen (7:30 pm), Red Elvises (9:30 pm), Eric Lindell (11:30 pm). IN THE SIDEBAR: Lonesome Still (5:15 pm), Ray Bonneville (6:45 pm), Cannonball (8:15 pm), Bunkertown (9:30 pm), Wes Chicosz Band (11 pm). 

 

2017 AMF Schedule and Band Bios

 

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 30

 

IN THE TENT:

TERRY HANCK BAND (5 pm): Blues and soul music fans know that the soundtrack to early rock' n' roll ran on three-minute instrumentals with sax in the lead, and was directly related to 1950s and 1960s New Orleans R&B hits, along with that deep-fried wildness that came from Memphis. With this history lesson in mind, old school rock 'n' soul saxophonist and singer Terry Hanck makes perfect sense. Clearly, Hanck has worshipped at the right Southern altars — those of such iconic R&B brothers as Fats Domino, Ray Charles, B. B. King, Lee Allen and King Curtis. "I write songs that you think you've heard for years," says the South Florida-based Hanck, who's got suave movie-star looks and a good time presence that immutably anchors the old-style R&B he adores. https://www.terryhanck.net

Video: https://www.terryhanck.net/media.html

WESTERN CENTURIES (6:30 pm): Round up a country band and an early R&B group with three lead vocalists, weave in a hefty amount of vocal harmony and witty turns-of-phrase, and let ‘em rock out like The Band. The sound of roots music mavericks Western Centuries sits at these crossroads, and their debut album Weight of the World introduces a band as skillful in their musicianship as they are innovative in their writing. With upbeat, barroom dance numbers, lilting, introspective tunes of heartbreak, and everything in between, the album strikes an oft-strived-for but rarely achieved balance between genre-busting experimentation and thoughtful continuity. http://www.westerncenturies.com 

Video: http://www.westerncenturies.com/video/

THE ZIMMERMEN (8:15 pm): The Zimmermen along with the Zimmerwomen and guests perform the music of Bob Dylan. https://www.facebook.com/pg/thefabulouselectriczimmermen/about/

SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS (10:15 pm): Southern Culture On The Skids' latest studio album, The Electric Pinecones, features a dozen original tunes — 11 brand new songs and a whole-lotta NOLA remake of the SCOTS classic, “Swamp Fox.” Long the bards of downward mobility, SCOTS have always embodied a sleazy, raucous, good-natured, goodtime take on the culture of the South. Described by Dwight Yoakam (in Filter) as “really on the outside, like Dick Dale meets Hank Thompson,” SCOTS have mixed high and low culture for decades, endlessly touring, serving up moonshine martinis and poultry picking for fans everywhere. http://www.scots.com 

Video: http://www.scots.com/media.html 

 

IN THE CLUB: 

DAVID LUNING (6 pm): John Prine forced David Luning to drop out of college. Not at gunpoint or anything—the two had never even met—but the effect of hearing the songwriting legend's music for the first time had an equally compelling effect on Luning, who was studying film scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston at the time. Now an accomplished artist in his own right, Luning is preparing to release his most dynamic and gripping collection to date, 'Restless,' and he can trace it all back to one fateful night that changed everything. Luning started his career playing the Northern California open mic circuit before touring the west coast with Dave and Phil Alvin, Elvin Bishop, and Jackie Greene with festival appearances as well. Luning performs with his longtime bandmates Ben Dubin (bass & harmonica), Linden Reed (drums), and Dave Sampson (guitar & mandolin).  http://www.davidluning.com

Video: http://www.davidluning.com/video

THE WACO BROTHERS (7:45 pm): THE WACO BROTHERS have been standing at the corner of punk urgency and Three-Chords-and-the-Truth country for 20 years now. They started at a time when it was deemed patently absurd to mix the two types of music, but the Wacos knew the score; they are different sides of the same coin, the personal wrapped in the political. And instead of travelling calculated creative boulevards during their career, the Waco Brothers have explored dark alleys and winding gravel paths through nine releases, all with the headlights off and the pedal to the metal, worrying (or not worrying) about end results later. With a body of work known for the indelicate and raucous, this may be their most deliberate and punchy yet—no one’s more dangerous than a man with nothing to lose. http://wacobrothers.com/wb/

Video: http://wacobrothers.com/wb/?page_id=31

ROBBIE FULKS & REDD VOLKAERT (9:30 pm): Robbie Fulks plays by nobody's rules — except the ones he hears in his head.  He is prodigiously talented, with the soul of a country singer and the mind of a vaudevillian.  Besides, his scorn for the music industry makes ours look positively prosaic. But don't let that make you lose sight of THE SONGS. Widely regarded by those who monitor such things as one of the most gifted songwriters to ever ply the trade, he can sing the kids ditty "Eggs" and Haggard's "Sing a Sad Song" back to back and mean 'em both. While it is true he started off a honky tonk smartass, it quickly became evident that Robbie was a monster talent and some of his early Bloodshot albums have been rightly elevated to the status of "classic" and serve as their own Greatest Hits collections.  Seriously. http://www.robbiefulks.com

After years of developing a cult reputation among guitarists, Redd Volkaert got the call to become lead guitarist for one of his heroes, Merle Haggard, in 1997 and recorded and toured non-stop with the legendary musician. As a youngster in Vancouver, British Columbia, Volkaert learned to play guitar from his dad. By the time he was 16 he was playing in local bars and clubs in Vancouver. After an 8-year stint in Alberta he left the great north woods for Los Angeles, playing clubs, teaching guitar, and working on demo sessions. Moving to Nashville in 1990, he began doing studio session work and road dates with artists like Ray Price, Lacy J. Dalton, Clinton Gregory, and Dale Watson, eventually winding up in Haggard's band, The Strangers. Since Redd moved to Austin, Texas, he has become a major participant in its thriving live-music scene. http://www.reddvolkaert.com

Video: http://www.scots.com/media.html

EXPO ’76 (11:30 pm): Expo ‘76 & the Total Pro Horns is made up of five Chicago musicians, led by Dag Juhlin and backed by a fantastic horn section. The set is ever-growing and adventurous! Expo‘76 is made up of four lifers -- Dag Juhlin, Kenn Goodman, John Carpender and Ralph Baumel (Poi Dog/Phantom Helmsmen/Andre Williams) -- who don’t need to be in another band, but still can’t quite help themselves. Their weakness is your gain, and on any given night you’ll hear them gleefully careening from ‘70s AM radio ear candy into walloping road house beer guzzling dance tunes; they’ll chime their way through a New Wave nugget with the same exuberance that they slap around a swinging, jazzy blues number or a folk revival sing-along. Irrepressible, unstoppable, 100% unironic, and actually quite unbelievable at times, Expo‘76 won’t take your requests, because they’re already playing them. But you can still shout them out. http://expo76.com

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxiIqG4uM5

IN THE SIDEBAR:

JENNY BIENEMAN (6 pm): Jenny Bienemann is an acclaimed vocalist and instrumentalist,with a number of original songs featured in TV, radio, and theatre. Her music has been described as falling “somewhere between winking innocence and worldly detachment,” garnering comparisons to Suzanne Vega, Imogene Heap, and Michael Hedges; or, as one listener put it, “This is what it would sound like if Enya and Leo Kottke had a love child!” http://www.jennybienemann.com

Video: http://www.jennybienemann.com/video1/

NORTHSIDERS CHICAGO BARBERSHIP QUARTET (7:30 pm): The finest barbershop quartet in the City of Chicago! Singing old-time barbershop standards as well as doo-wop and contemporary faves with a bit of humor. https://www.facebook.com/northsidersquartet/

Video: https://www.facebook.com/pg/northsidersquartet/videos/?ref=page_internal 

CHARLIE PARR (9 pm): An easily confused and very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin Minnesota in the 1980's in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth Minnesota. http://www.charlieparr.com

Video: http://www.charlieparr.com/video.html

THE SHAMS BAND (10:30 pm): Music is supposed to be fun, exciting, thought provoking and daring. On every live performance, The Shams Band makes sure that their audience leaves each concert with a personal feeling of satisfaction. Drawing from their Wilco, Rolling Stones, Kinks, and Muddy Waters influences, singer/songwriters Biggins/Gulyas create distinct, personal songs. Once united with the full group, the songs come to life, tell stories, and send audiences singing all the way home. The Shams Band features music trapezing the line between blues, country, and pop music. The Shams Band is the epitome of a “do-it-yourself” group. They get every audience excited and dancing from their catchy hooks and rock ‘n roll atmosphere. It’s whiskey-driven. It’s a party. It’s rock ‘n’ roll with a banjo. http://www.theshamsband.com

Video: http://www.theshamsband.com 

 

SATURDAY, JULY 1

IN THE TENT:

CHICAGO SALTY DOGS (1:30 & 4 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. 

SEMI-TWANG (2:45 pm): When Semi-Twang reunited in 2009 to play the twentieth anniversary of Shank Hall, the premier showcase club in their home-town of Milwaukee, they showed up to help celebrate a venue they'd played on the club's opening night. Expectations were modest - do a couple of rehearsals, show up, have fun & go home. However, the gig turned out to be an incredible experience for both band and fans and the band decided it was too much fun to stop.

THE TILLERS (4:45 pm): The Tillers got their start in August 2007 when they started thumping around with some banjos and guitars and a big wooden bass. Their earliest gigs were for coins and burritos on the city’s famous Ludlow Street in the district of Clifton. The songs they picked were mostly older than their grandparents. Some came from Woody Guthrie, some were southern blues laments, and many were anonymous relics of Appalachian woods, churches, riverboats, railroads, prairies, and coalmines. They continue to plot their travels around the map, electrifying new places and making new friends wherever they go. From place to place, they carry with them more instruments, new songs, and funnier stories. They are Cincinnati’s traveling minstrels. Expect to hear from them soon.  http://the-tillers.com/home/

Video: http://the-tillers.com/home/?page_id=13 

TERRANCE SIMIEN & ZYDECO EXPERIENCE (6:30 pm): For move than 30 years, 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 band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. Simien is blessed with an extraordinary talent that expresses the deepest human emotions through the original instrument: The Voice. He takes his audiences on a multicultural tour of the world as the many countries he’s visited while on tour have informed his musical language. He creates a hypnotic blend of New Orleans funk-reggae-flavored-world-blues-American zydeco roots music that beckons you to your feet and into the groove. http://www.terrancesimien.com

Video: http://www.terrancesimien.com/videos/

MARSHALL CRENSHAW with LOS STRAITJACKETS (8:30 pm): 

Marshall Crenshaw’s first big break came in 1978 playing John Lennon in "Beatlemania,” first as an understudy in New York, then in the West Coast company followed by a national touring company. Removing himself from that situation in1980, Marshall settled in New York City. After crossing paths with the great and legendary Alan Betrock, Marshall recorded his debut single "Something's Gonna Happen,” which led to a deal with Warner Bros. His debut album, Marshall Crenshaw, was acclaimed as a masterpiece upon its release in 1982 and established him as a singular songwriter, record maker, and guitarist. The album spawned the hit single "Someday, Someway," and other classics such as "(You're My) Favorite Waste of Time," "Whenever You're On My Mind" and "Cynical Girl." “Although he was seen as a latter-day Buddy Holly at the outset, he soon proved too talented and original to be anyone but himself.” - Trouser Press http://marshallcrenshaw.com

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkekTsu_H2o

Los Straitjackets are the leading practitioners of the lost art of the guitar instrumental.  Using the music of Ventures, The Shadows, Link Wray and Dick Dale as a jumping off point, the band has taken their unique, high energy brand of original rock & roll around the world.  Clad in their trademark Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling masks, the “Jackets” have delivered their trademark guitar licks to 16 albums, thousands of concerts and dozens of films and TV shows. Viva Los Straitjackets. Viva El Q. https://www.straitjackets.com 

Video: https://www.straitjackets.com/video

SHEMEKIA COPELAND (10:15 pm): Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. The Chicago Tribune says Copeland delivers “gale force singing and power” with a “unique, gutsy style, vibrant emotional palette and intuitive grasp of the music.” NPR Music calls her “fiercely expressive.” http://www.shemekiacopeland.com

Video: http://www.shemekiacopeland.com/videos/

IN THE CLUB:

CHARLIE PARR (1:30 pm): An easily confused and very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin Minnesota in the 1980's in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth Minnesota. http://www.charlieparr.com

Video: http://www.charlieparr.com/video.html

LIZ VICE (3 pm): Gospel, soul, and R&B infused artist Liz Vice is from Portland, Oregon. With a love of story telling, she has found herself going from working behind the scenes in the film and video world to behind the mic. The songs from the album feature dynamic, soulful vocals, with lyrics are classically influenced enough to feel timeless and reference her deep-rooted spirituality. http://www.lizvice.com

Video: http://www.lizvice.com/music-2/

KEVIN GORDON BAND (4:30 pm): American Songwriter notes of Kevin Gordon’s album, “Long Gone Time”: "These songs unhurriedly saunter by, taking their time to unfold with storylines woven into the music like a tapestry. They are the audio equivalent of a Terrence Malick movie, luxuriating in vivid details and subtle, vibrant imagery. With ‘Long Gone Time Gordon’ has created tender and meticulous sonic films for the mind, miles away from commercial considerations, yet creating art that lasts lifetimes." Gordon’s voice is made from dust and red clay. His songs are chiseled from the bedrock of life — the honest facts of rambling, needing, loving, soul-searching and experience. “I like the unfinished ending — the story that just continues when the song’s over,” says Gordon. “Life never sums itself up in three-and-a-half minutes, and a good song doesn’t need to do that either. But it should tell a story.”  There is a depth and personality that brings Gordon’s songs of the South into sharp focus, even if their essential questions about the mysteries of faith, truth and humanity hang in the air as he moves on to the next tale.  http://kg.kevingordon.net

Video: https://www.youtube.com/user/kevingordonmusic

LOS STRAITJACKETS (6:15 pm): Los Straitjackets are the leading practitioners of the lost art of the guitar instrumental.  Using the music of Ventures, The Shadows, Link Wray and Dick Dale as a jumping off point, the band has taken their unique, high energy brand of original rock & roll around the world.  Clad in their trademark Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling masks, the “Jackets” have delivered their trademark guitar licks to 16 albums, thousands of concerts and dozens of films and TV shows. Viva Los Straitjackets. Viva El Q. https://www.straitjackets.com

Video: https://www.straitjackets.com/video

THE PINES (7:45 pm): The Midwest is to The Pines what Monument Valley was to filmmaker John Ford. The flat, endless expanses of the band's native Iowa are at once the settings of, characters in, and muse behind the songs on their new album, Above The Prairie. Songwriters David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey-who along with Benson's brother Alex form the band's touring trio format-craft their music with a filmmaker's keen eye for detail and framing, blending celestial, ethereal atmospherics with rich, warm vocals and earthy acoustic instruments. It's a gripping brew that demands your total presence, transporting you into vividly painted musical and lyrical snapshots. http://www.thepinesmusic.com/index.html

Video: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1716CD2E806F751B

SARAH SHOOK & THE DISARMERS (9:30 pm): Bloodshot artist Sarah Shook & The Disarmers is a country band with a sneer, a bite, and no apologies. Shook's original songs take on relationships gone wrong, bad decisions, cruel ironies, and excessive alcohol consumption for damn good reasons. Songs with self-explanatory self-deprecation, "Fuck Up,” tangled in with a portrayal of a doomed relationship dripping with sarcasm, “The Nail,” are bastioned by the subtleties of a bar patron considering taking a chance on a stranger in the title track, "Sidelong.” http://www.disarmers.com

Video: http://www.disarmers.com/media

SHINYRIBS (11:15 pm): Kevin Russell has been riding high on the Shinyribs river of country-soul, swamp-funk and tickle. A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. All styles of American music are likely to be touched on, squeezed on, kissed on by this world-class band featuring Winfield Cheek on keyboards, Keith Langford on drums, Jeff Brown on bass and the Tijuana Train Wreck Horns. Whether on his 6 string uke or his electric guitar or singing acapella, Russell will entertain you like no one else. The freedom with which he moves coupled with his incredible voice is an experience in and of itself. His original songs laced with magical-realism along with novel interpretations of popular songs old and new (George Jones, TLC, Leadbelly, T-Pain) are the true art that runs throughout. He’s Burl Ives meets Al Green, Hank, Jr. meets Teddy Pendergrass. Wendell Berry meets Chuck Berry.  Truly something not to be missed. A unique musical experience and an original expression of our colorful musical heritage. http://shinyribs.org

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDhZJYgTgKk

IN THE SIDEBAR:

KIM KALER (2:30 pm)

GERALD DOWD (4 pm): Gerald Dowd has been described as “the hardest working drummer in Chicago” (Richard Milne, WXRT), playing on over 100 albums, and averaging 150 live dates a year around the world. In recent years, he's been releasing solo albums of original material, starting with his 2012 release, Kingsize EP. In 2014, he was the recipient of an IAP arts grant from Chicago's Dept. Of Cultural Affairs/Special Events (DCASE), which led to his first full-length solo album, Home Now, produced by Grammy-nominated producer Liam Davis, and featuring, among others, Chicago legends Robbie Fulks and Nora O'Connor. To celebrate the release, he held a benefit concert at which he played for 13 hours straight with 16 different bands, raising over $10,000 for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

BABE-ALON 5 (5:45 pm): Do you like The Andrews Sisters? How about The Chordettes? Les Paul and Mary Ford perhaps? Mills Brothers?? Then you'll probably find us mighty swell. Babe-alon 5 is a vocal trio with Kasey "Corn Nuts" Foster, Kiley "And How" Moore, and Tara "Taboo" Smith. Pianu Reeves on keys. Occasionally Crazy Guy Alan on drums, Tickertape Otto on guitar, and original ditties from Wild Earp. Babe-alon 5 has what you want. Consider them your beeswax. https://www.facebook.com/Babealon5/

Video: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Babealon5/videos/?ref=page_internal

CURTIS McMURTRY (7 pm): Curtis McMurtry writes about villains that think they're victims. Influenced by Fiona Apple, Billy Strayhorn and Leonard Cohen, Curtis' music combines piercing lyrics with lush chords and unusual arrangements. His first solo album Respectable Enemy was released in August 2014, and drew comparisons to Calexico and John Fullbright. His sophomore album The Hornet's Nest is was released in February 2017, and continues to garner critical acclaim. Curtis was born and raised in Austin, Texas and grew up listening to local musicians Warren Hood, Ephraim Owens, Seela, and his father, James McMurtry. Curtis studied music composition and ethnomusicology in college, primarily writing contemporary chamber music for banjo and strings. After graduation, Curtis moved to Nashville to sharpen his songwriting by co-writing with elder statesmen including Fred Koller and Guy Clark. He has since moved back to Austin where he performs as a quartet with cellist Diana Burgess (of Mother Falcon), upright bassist Taylor Turner (of Magia Negra) and trumpeter Nathan Calzada. http://www.curtismcmurtrymusic.com

Video: http://www.curtismcmurtrymusic.com/videos

BLUE EYED BETTYS (8:45 pm): With Daniel Emond on banjo, Sarah Hund on fiddle, and Ben Mackel on guitar, The Blue Eyed Bettys delight with their folky-bluegrass sound. But what always seems to grab audiences immediately are their powerful vocals in three part harmony. All actors by trade, The Blue Eyed Bettys met while doing a new play together at the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, FL. They are singers and storytellers first; therein lays their ability to turn boisterous bars into attentive listening rooms and sleepy pubs into raucous parties as they weave stories with their exuberant performances. http://theblueeyedbettys.com/Home.html

Video: http://theblueeyedbettys.com/Videos.html

THE BELVEDERES (10:30 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.  Dynamic playing, tight harmonies, dance floor-friendly energy and lots of love are what you can expect to experience at a Belvederes show. So get in on this rockin' dance party! Ya won't be sorry! https://thebelvederes.com/home

Video: https://thebelvederes.com/videos

SUNDAY JULY 2 

 

iN THE TENT

BRITISH BUDDY ALUMNI BIG BAND (1:30 pm): The "British Buddy Alumni Big Band" is a 17 Piece Jazz Orchestra featuring prominent Chicago Jazz vocalist Ms. Frieda Lee.  Formerly known as the John Burnett Swing Orchestra (which played at FitzGerald's once a month for some 16 years), the band was recently resurrected by Bill Byan, (John's Drummer) after John Burnett retired from WDCB Jazz radio and relocated to Virginia.

SWITCHBACK (3 pm): Switchback is the award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack. Switchback draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Playing an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass, their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Louvin Brothers, Everly Brothers, & Simon and Garfunkel. Music Connection Magazine said: "The words ‘American Roots & Celtic Soul’ only begin to describe this unusual act, whose vocal prowess is as pure as it is unique. There is no denying the stunning vocal blends that are achieved by this duo." http://www.waygoodmusic.com

Video: http://www.waygoodmusic.com/video.html

FUNKADESI (4:30 pm): Funkadesi has been hailed by Time Magazine, and even caught the attention of President Barack Obama, who said:  “Funkadesi really knows how to get a crowd fired up! There’s a lot of funk in that desi!” Funkadesi proudly hails from Chicago, representing the diverse multiethnic communities within the city.  What distinguishes Funkadesi as a group is each band member’s unique and uncompromised cultural/musical contribution merging to create one unifying sound and vision. With their not-to-be-missed live shows and visible racial and musical diversity, the band is ideally suited for festivals world music concerts.  Funkadesi’s one-world sound and positive vibe makes the band a unique and compelling musical force. http://www.funkadesi.com/home/

Video: http://www.funkadesi.com/home/category/video/

TRIBUTOSAURUS becomes THE MONKEES (6:30 pm): Tributosaurus' goal is to exactly re-create the sounds of the original recordings as closely as possible, whatever that may entail. Consequently, the core members of the group have become incredibly adept at designing sounds, transcribing performances, recognizing and creating widely varied arrangements -- managing to do this with a completely new catalog of material every show. The Tributosaurus ensemble of players has become the ultimate musical chameleon, able to jump from style to style, from ensemble to ensemble easily. They know and listen to each other attentively, which makes each performance sound like a BAND, as opposed to a group of random assembled players. 

REV. PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND (8:30 pm): Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. That passionate inspiration has made Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band America’s foremost country blues outfit and fuels the Rev’s new release, “The Front Porch Sessions.” Peyton’s dazzling guitar mastery is equaled here by his knack for vivid, emotionally impactful songwriting, and his originals are matched in their authenticity by the deeply felt vintage blues tunes that he covers. The album showcases the Rev’s irrepressible personality while echoing the enduring spirit of such acoustic blues icons as Charlie Patton, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White and Furry Lewis, whose “When My Baby Left Me” receives a memorable reading. http://www.bigdamnband.com

Video: https://www.youtube.com/user/bigdamnbandofficial

SHINYRIBS (10:30 pm): Kevin Russell has been riding high on the Shinyribs river of country-soul, swamp-funk and tickle. A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. All styles of American music are likely to be touched on, squeezed on, kissed on by this world-class band featuring Winfield Cheek on keyboards, Keith Langford on drums, Jeff Brown on bass and the Tijuana Train Wreck Horns. Whether on his 6 string uke or his electric guitar or singing acapella, Russell will entertain you like no one else. The freedom with which he moves coupled with his incredible voice is an experience in and of itself. His original songs laced with magical-realism along with novel interpretations of popular songs old and new (George Jones, TLC, Leadbelly, T-Pain) are the true art that runs throughout. He’s Burl Ives meets Al Green, Hank, Jr. meets Teddy Pendergrass. Wendell Berry meets Chuck Berry.  Truly something not to be missed. A unique musical experience and an original expression of our colorful musical heritage. http://shinyribs.org

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDhZJYgTgKk 

IN THE CLUB:

RYAN JOSEPH ANDERSON (2:15 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, session’s 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” will be released in the summer of 2017. https://ryanjosephanderson.com/home

Video: https://ryanjosephanderson.com/video

WESLEY BRIGHT & THE HONEYTONES (4 pm): Wesley Bright & The Honeytones is a soul band from the funky rust belt town of Akron, OH. Although he’s only been on the scene for several years, Wesley has grown to be a regional favorite amongst true soul-lovers, and vinyl collectors. As a vocalist, Wesley is quoted to be a “honey-voiced frontman who’s got the pipes and the moves to keep the crowd going all night.” He has held his own while sharing a stage with legendary acts like War, Tower of Power, Otis Clay, Lee Fields, Charles Bradley, and Sly and The Family Stone. Tower of Power bandleader, Emilio Castillo, was so impressed with Wesley’s performance; he offered Wesley an audition with Tower of Power immediately following their show together at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2011, Wesley began completely mesmerizing crowds with his timeless sound and stunning dance moves as the front man of Northern Soul band, Wesley Bright and the Hi-Lites. Now, backed by the Honeytones, Wesley is stepping out on his own to create a new soul sound that bridges the gap between classic soul and the modern sound. Being compared to greats like Al Green and Otis Redding, there is something really show stopping about him. His way of engaging an audience and getting the whole crowd to sing and dance together has earned him the reputation of “A true dynamo on stage.” http://www.wesleybright.com

Video:  http://www.wesleybright.com/video/

THE DESLONDES (5:45 pm):  The Deslondes are a five-piece band from New Orleans. In the time between the release of their self-titled debut and sophomore album, Hurry Home, The Deslondes have toured the world and drawn critical acclaim for their studied and inventive take on New Orleans country and R&B. Hurry Home represents a sonic shift from the country-folk of their debut to a psychedelic, electrified soul sound, with a stronger emphasis on organ and electric guitar. The band split up songwriting and lead vocal duties among its five members, Sam Doores, Riley Downing, Dan Cutler, John James Tourville and Cameron Snyder, continuing its democratic ethos and musical versatility.https://www.thedeslondes.com/welcome

Video: https://www.thedeslondes.com/video

JON DEE GRAHAM (7:30 pm): Jon Dee Graham is a guitarist and songwriter from Austin, Texas. A former member of the True Believers with Alejandro Escovedo, Graham is the only musician ever to be inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame three times. 
Jon Dee Graham is most well known for his solo work, including the critically acclaimed records "Escape from Monster Island", "Hooray For The Moon", and "Full.” He is also well known for his tenure in The Skunks, Austin's very first punk band, and roots-rock pioneers The True Believers with Alejandro Escovedo. Jon Dee has also played guitar with acts such as John Doe (X, The Knitters), Exene Cervenka (X), Michelle Shocked, Alejandro Escovedo, Kelly Willis, and The Gourds and has had his songs covered by many artists, including Patty Smyth, Patty Griffin and James McMurtry. http://www.jondeegraham.com

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NtwF9rnyUQ

SARAH BORGES with ERIC AMBEL (9:15 pm):  Whether it be through performances or her writing, Massachusetts native Sarah Borges has learned to dazzle – and do it well. That ability can be heard all over her 2014 Radio Sweetheart album, as well as her follow-up, Good and Dirty EP. She attributes that ability to a very eclectic sound, which she comes by naturally, she says, “I would say that my sound is straight up rock and roll, but it’s the sum total of what my record collection looks like. The new record is certainly more Americana than the last record was. It’s also more rock than the last record. I would say that it’s a version of the live shows – a lot of loud guitars and loud singing. You can certainly dance to it.”  http://sarahborges.com

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_JY77p_nGM

Veteran singer/guitarist/songwriter/producer Eric Ambel has spent the past three and a half decades building a powerful body of raw, personally charged music that’s earned him a far-reaching reputation as a rock ‘n’ roll original, while keeping him busy in his parallel careers as producer, sideman and collaborator. A deeply committed rocker as well as a thoughtful, crafty songwriter, Ambel has made enduring music as a solo artist and as a member of the Del-Lords, the Yayhoos and countless incarnations of his own legendary combo Roscoe’s Gang.  His fiery, inventive guitar work has graced landmark albums by everyone from Steve Earle to Joan Jett to Run-DMC.  And his production skills have enlivened recordings by a wide range of artists from across the musical spectrum. His latest album is “Lakeside.” http://ericambel.com

Video: http://ericambel.com/photos/videos/

IKE REILLY ASSASSINATION (11 pm):  Ike Reilly’s latest album, “Born On Fire” (Rock Ridge Music/Firebrand Records) captures a songwriter at his best, and a band nimble enough to serve a diverse group of songs that required both recklessness and finesse. The songs on “Born On Fire” traverse R&B, punk, blues, folk, and rock & roll but are wholly original.  Reilly uses humor to combat despair as his songs tell tales of love, lust, struggle, drugs, drinking and the underdog. Reilly’s longtime friend and Assassination guitar player Phil Karnats (Secret Machines, Polyphonic Spree) worked with Reilly and the band on production and the result is a group of rock & roll songs that would be hard to put in a specific era.  Reilly said his hope for the record was that it sound like it could have been made “somewhere between the mid ’60s and the early 2050s.”  http://www.ikereilly.net

VIDEO: http://www.ikereilly.net/video/

IN THE SIDEBAR:

JACK KLATT (4 pm): Part balladeer and part bluesman, Jack is a dedicated songwriter and finger-style guitarist based in Minneapolis. His unique sound defies genre with influences that pull from a wide range of American music. From rhythm and blues and early rock ‘n’ roll, to country and folk music Jack brings his unique voice to all of his songs. In the word of Americana Roots UK "Jack doesn’t rely on other writers for his diversity, he can write in pretty much any musical style of his choosing.” He’s won recognition from the MN state arts board, recorded alongside “Spider” John Koerner, and made it onto Daytrotter’s list of best songs in 2014. His 2016 release “Shadows in the Sunset” has been praised as “an eminently satisfying, slow rolling, country/blues album” by No Depression and made it onto Saving Country Music’s list of 2016 essential albums.

Video: http://www.jackklatt.com/VIDEO.html

RON LAZZERETTI (5:15 pm): Ron Lazzeretti sings simple songs about love and redemption-- alternately dark, funny and buoyant. A local poster boy for late bloomers everywhere, Lazzeretti released his first record, “Battle Of The Planets,” after years of writing and playing in venues all around Chicagoland. http://www.ronlazzerettimusic.com/rl/

GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST (6:30 pm): GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST (8:30 pm): The Girls of The Golden West is Amalea Tshilds and Marydee Reynolds, recreating the sweet siren song of Marydee’s great Aunt Millie, who with her sister Dolly performed throughout the country in the 1930s and ‘40s as the Girls of The Golden West.  https://www.facebook.com/The-Girls-of-The-Golden-West-490200837824258/

LIV MUELLER (7:45 pm): Singing/writing years ago in a rockabilly band called The Screaming Lilies and barely 19, Liv packed up and re-located herself to Nashville from the Midwest, where she performed at places like Tootsies and The Rose Room while supplementing her income occasionally by playing for money on the streets with an open guitar case. Not long after Nashville, Austin became her next home where she formed the first incarnation of The Lovelies. Re-forming the band after returning to the Midwest is where The Lovelies had the most success. After recording four records, touring & charting nationally twice, the band ended in 2004/05. Two albums were released under her next endeavor, The Dark Horse Project. Production team Marc Hutner & Grant Curry (Pleasure Club) helped her refine a new sound she had envisioned — capturing a beautiful, haunted landscape of listening. In the last several years however, Liv preferred to play solo, releasing two records — “Liv Sings Love Songs For The Forlorn And Misguided” and “Live Sings Light of the Valley Shadow of the Mountain.”  https://livmueller.com/welcome

Video: https://livmueller.com/film

BRETT NEWSKI (9:30 pm): Living on four continents in five years, Brett Newski has existed on the fringe of society and avoided the “American Dream” at all costs. His story is no fairy tale. He didn’t get signed to a big label early in his career. He was not endorsed by cool guitar companies or big-time management. At age 25, he took matters into his own hands by quitting all of his part-time jobs and becoming a full-time nomad, posting up in the nooks and crannies of earth and sub-letting rooms in Vietnam, South Africa, Germany and Wisconsin to write songs and recharge between tours. Newski’s sophomore LP “Land, Air, Sea, Garage” was recorded at a surf camp in the Sri Lankan jungle, and at home in Wisconsin. The album is about diving into the world with no safety net and landing on your feet. It’s a smart indie rock n’ roll record with tongue-in-cheek moments that show parallels to Jonathan Richman, Mountain Goats, early Weezer, Frank Turner, & Elliot Smith. https://brettnewski.com

Video: https://brettnewski.com

WILD EARP (11 pm): Wild Earp takes you on a road trip across Americana, taking his time along those country roads and learning some bad habits in the city. His songs are of a man who’s spent too much time alone in the forest, the prairie, the mountains, the desert, and the barroom. With a respectful nod to the old masters and a defiant scoff at the purists, Earp croons his country tunes, and mixes those pensive trail songs with jumping rockabilly, spirited bluegrass, and ventures into the dark corners of folk. His lyrics thread traditional tales of heartache, sinful living, and celebration seamlessly with social commentary and absurdism. There’s wit, wisdom, woe, and a wild streak that keeps you guessing. He’s backed by The Free for Alls, a talented and fun-loving cast of characters who give life and depth to the music. They ain't too hard on the eyes, either. https://www.facebook.com/olwildearp/

Video: https://www.facebook.com/pg/olwildearp/videos/?ref=page_internal

MONDAY, JULY 3

IN THE TENT:

THE COMMONHEART (4:30 pm): With gritty vocals over rock riffs and horns, The Commonheart delivers an emotion-packed, soulful sound that lights up any stage. Frontman Clinton Clegg is a powerhouse who commands full attention with his limitless onstage energy and vocal range. The new album “Grown” is a remarkable display of each member’s talent interlacing heavy blues, soul, and gospel influence across trumpet, saxophone, keys, guitar, and singers. The Commonheart’s sound is a true testament to the past while completely holding its own as one of today’s most promising acts.

Video: http://www.thecommonheart.com/videos/

C.J. CHENIER & THE RED HOT LOUISIANA BAND (6 pm): The son of the 'King of Zydeco' Clifton Chenier, C. J. joined his father's Red-Hot Louisiana Band playing saxophone at the age of 21. After Clifton's death in 1987, C.J. picked up the accordion and took charge of his father's ministry — to spread the word of zydeco music to the world. Since then, Chenier has pushed the genre to new heights with his virtuosity. The Boston Globe has called him "the crown prince of zydeco," and Living Blues magazine hails him as "the best living zydeco singer and accordionist." His musical style ranges from the traditional zydeco of Clifton Chenier right on up to modern funk with healthy doses of blues, R&B, swamp pop and even country. C.J.'s total mastery of the accordion combined with his rich, satisfying voice are the driving forces behind this power-house zydeco band.  His most recent Grammy-nominated album, the energetic "Can't Sit Down," was recorded live in a single session and released in 2011. http://www.officialcjchenier.com

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-Q-SLnUwws

MARCIA BALL BAND (8 pm): The Texas-born, Louisiana-raised musical storyteller has earned worldwide fame for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls onto the stage. Her groove-laden New Orleans boogie, deeply soulful ballads and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music fans all over the world. In 2010, she was inducted into the Gulf Coast Hall Of Fame and in 2012 into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. She’s received a total of six Living Blues Awards and nine Blues Music Awards (and has a whopping 42 nominations). She’s received five Grammy Award nominations, including five of her six previous Alligator albums. Always a songwriter of renown, Ball delved deeper into songwriting than she ever had in her career with her Grammy-nominated 2010 Alligator release, Roadside Attractions, creating one of her best and most personal albums. On The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man, Ball continues that trajectory, drawing her listeners deep into her music with instantly memorable melodies and imaginative imagery. Her songs paint vibrant musical pictures richly detailed with characters, flavors and scenes straight out of Louisiana, Texas and the Gulf Coast. From the poignant Just Keep Holding On to the fresh start of Clean My House to the surprising and timely The Squeeze Is On to the southern warmth of Human Kindness, Ball has delivered a set of songs so well written and so well performed, she’ll astound and delight her longtime fans and give newcomers plenty of reasons to join the party. Featuring her stellar, road-tested road band, with help from friends Delbert McClinton and Terrance Simien and production by Grammy-winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Joe Louis Walker, James Cotton, Susan Tedeschi), The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man is happy, moving, joyful, stirring, thought-provoking, danceable and fun. https://www.facebook.com/MarciaBallBand/

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhpWSjodNCY

DAVE ALVIN & THE GUILTY ONES (10 pm): Dave Alvin, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and self-described "barroom guitarist," is widely considered to be one of the pivotal founders of the current Americana music scene. Since forming the highly influential roots rock/R&B band The Blasters, with his brother Phil in 1979, and throughout his long and critically acclaimed solo career, Dave has mixed his varied musical and literary influences into his own unique, updated version of traditional American music. Combining elements of blues, folk, R&B, rockabilly, Bakersfield country and garage rock and roll with lyrical inspiration from local writers and poets like Raymond Chandler, Gerald Locklin and Charles Bukowski, Alvin says that his songs are "just like California. A big, messy melting pot."
Dave Alvin's 30 years of recordings and live performances move through the loud, aggressive rock and roll of The Blasters to the contemplative acoustic storytelling of his solo albums, (King of California, Blackjack David, Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women) and from the traditional folk of his Grammy winning, Public Domain to the electric blues of his disc Ashgrove. Alvin has always managed to unite seemingly disparate genres into a cohesive vision of contemporary roots music.  http://www.davealvin.net

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6N57snnJrA

IN THE CLUB:

THE BLISTERS (5:45 pm): The Blisters are Henry Mosher (vocals, guitar), Spencer Tweedy (drums), Hayden Holbert (guitar) and Tory P-Lopez (bass). Formed in 2002, The Blisters have spent more than a decade together—from age seven to twenty-one—playing shows in their hometown of Chicago and across the country. Their sophomore album, “Cured,” was released in 2016. http://theblisters.com

Video: https://www.facebook.com/pg/theblistersband/videos/?ref=page_internal

MILES NIELSEN & THE RUSTED HEARTS (7:30 pm): Rockford, Ill.-based Miles Nielsen has spent nearly a decade enthralling audiences with music that draws force from the prime years of Western-influenced rock music and classic ‘60s soul. Claiming influences as diverse as Otis Redding’s classic soul and Jellyfish’s cult power pop recordings, Nielsen has thus far released two albums – his debut in 2009 as a solo artist, and then his sophomore album in 2012 as Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts – to critical acclaim and an ever-growing fanbase. The Rusted Hearts’ hot streak will continue this year with their upcoming third LP, “Heavy Metal.” It blends the country-esque drawl and growling guitars of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with the subtly sensual undercurrent of Ray Charles. Vocal harmonies present throughout the album recall Fleetwood Mac as strongly as they bring to mind the very first doo-wop groups. But despite The Rusted Hearts’ readily apparent influences, the result of these combined roots is a singular sound that readily distinguishes the band from its peers. http://www.milesnielsen.com

Video: http://www.milesnielsen.com/media-horizon/

THE RED ELVISES (9:30 pm): If you've never seen Igor and the Red Elvises live, you're missing the show of your life. A mixed tribute to surf rock, Elvis, disco and classic rock, this is a wild and crazy Russian interpretation of American rock and roll that somehow at once celebrates and satirizes--LP titles include Drinking With Jesus, Rokenrol, Shake Your Pelvis, I Wanna See You Bellydance and Surfing In Siberia. The animal print clothes, the oversized instruments, the hair — it's all there, but make no mistake, this is a talented group of musicians. Since they first played the club a decade ago, Red Elvises have garnered a huge fan base — come out and see why! http://www.redelvises.com

Video: http://www.redelvises.com/video/

ERIC LINDELL (11:30 pm): 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

Video: https://www.ericlindell.com/videos

IN THE SIDEBAR:

LONESOME STILL (5:15 pm): Hipsters, two-steppers, and even grizzled country purists agree Lonesome Still might be the best-kept secret in Chicago’s country music scene. You’ll hear the influence of the band’s blues, rock, and folk roots as they create a unique retro-country sound anchored by lead singer Michael O’Briant’s Johnny Cash-baritone, sweetened by Kary Ream and Emily Albright’s perfect harmonies, not to mention Emily’s fiddling. Add Chicago music scene veterans Tony Wittrock on lead guitar, Josh Piet on bass, Dave Huizenga on rhythm guitar and vocals, plus Lance Helgesen on drums, and you’ve got a recipe for a new, exciting country mix. https://lonesomestill.com

Video: https://vimeo.com/46200990

RAY BONNEVILLE (6:45 pm): Every now and then, you run across someone with a library’s worth of stories to tell. But unlike the raconteurs who regale friends with well-embellished versions of their exploits, these storytellers have lived so much, they reveal chapters of their hard-won wisdom slowly, carefully, like layers peeled from an onion. Ray Bonneville didn’t even open his storybook until his early 40s, some 20 years after he started performing. But with a style that sometimes draws comparisons to JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois, this blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired “song and groove man,” as he’s been so aptly described, luckily found his rightful calling. On his fourth Red House Records album, Easy Gone, Bonneville delivers 10 reasons why patience pays off. In each, his guitar work shimmers like stars emerging at dusk. His voice carries the rich, natural timbre of time, though underneath that pearl-like smoothness, one hears its gritty core. His harmonica rhythms add even more texture to his sound. http://raybonneville.com

Video: http://raybonneville.com/video/darlin-put-your-suitcase-down/

CANNONBALL (8:15 pm): Cannonball is a group of musicians based in Chicago who connect with the same rock sensibilities and merriment to create an explosive sound rooted in the American folk tradition of blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll and all their offspring — hillbilly, rock-a-billy, folk rock, psychedelic, punk. They play a mixture of original songs and interpretations of personal favorites that veer from swinging rock ‘n’ roll to swaying country blues with detours down musical guitar exchanges between the dual lead guitarists that ride on a freight train rhythm bed.

Video: http://fodder.terrywhitemusic.com/video/

BUNKERTOWN (9:30 pm): Bunkertown has been a part of the Chicago music scene for over a decade and is currently working on another album. The music is a mutt of folk, rock, blues and ragtime country and inspirations may include Hammond or the restaurant eaten at last week.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjuQyr0WPPw

WES JOHN CHICHOSZ (11 pm): Wes began playing on the Chicago club scene at age 15 with a variety of jazz and rock acts. Shortly thereafter he received a full scholarship to University of Illinois at Chicago where he won the prestigious Bar Association Music Award. During this time he also had the opportunity to play in the orchestra for the lost Duke Ellington musical, “Jump for Joy. “ In the 90's he was a part of Chicago's Wicker Park music scene performing regularly with members of Tortoise and Wilco. As a regular studio musician at Gravity Studios he performed on numerous recordings including the Grammy nominated, self-titled album “Studebaker John and the Hawks.” More recently, Wes played a tenor sax solo for Phil Collins on a tribute record for his legendary songwriter, John Martyn. Wes has played with or opened for War, Ziggy Marley, Maceo Parker, Smashing Pumpkins, Guster, 3 Dog Night, Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), Adrian Belew, Oz Noy, Dave Weckl, Tony Williams, Umphree’s McGee, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Tributosaurus, Robert Irving and Richard Patterson (Miles Davis), and Rolling Stones sidemen Jack Leavell, Tim Ries and Bernard Fowler (and many more). Chicago DJ Richard Milne of WXRT 93.1 once described Wes's music as "...unlike anything going down in the town."  https://www.facebook.com/wjcmusicinc/

Video: https://www.facebook.com/pg/wjcmusicinc/videos/?ref=page_internal

 

 

FAQ's: American Music Festival

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.

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 enough.   The festival rarely sells out, but you never know!  Four-day passes are also available (on ticketweb.com only).

 DO YOU OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS ON TICKETS?  Yes.  For those who are paying cash at the door,  there is a $5 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 $5 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 $120, while paying separately for each day would add up to $150. 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!

 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?  Credit cards may be used to run a tab at the bar or to buy FitzGerald's merchandise, but THE ENTRANCE FEE MUST BE PAID IN CASH if you have not bought an advance ticket.  We provide ATM's near the front door.

 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 $5) 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.

 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!

 

2017 Festival Ticket Information

We are selling advance tickets for each day of the festival.

 Advance tickets, $30 (June 30), $40/day (July 1-3), are available at ticketweb.com and (in person only) at FitzGerald’s. Children's tickets -- $5 for 12 and under -- will not be sold in advance. Just pay at the door for the kids, who are welcome until 10 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: ANYONE UNDER 21 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT.  Early bird discount ($5 off) until 5:30 p.m. on June 30 and July 3; until 2 p.m. on July 1-2.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT ADVANCE TICKETS CAN ONLY BE USED FOR DAY PURCHASED AND ARE NOT REFUNDABLE. 

 

Four-day festival passes ($120) are available in advance ONLINE ONLY at ticketweb.com (or at the door on the first day of the festival). The deadline for purchase of passes online is Thursday, June 29 at 3 pm.  Passes cannot be mailed - you can pick yours up at the front door when you show a valid ID.  

 

The TicketWeb link is http://www.ticketweb.com/snl/VenueListings.action?venueId=32814&pl=

 

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.

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

NOTE:  THIS INFO ABOUT FOOD DOES NOT APPLY TO THE AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL.  SEE FESTIVAL FAQ FOR CORRECT INFORMATION.

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