Full House Festival with The Waco Brothers, Churchwood, Yarn and Cannonball
FitzGerald's presents The Full House Festival featuring bands in both the club and SideBar as well as barbeque served in the beer garden/tent.
IN THE CLUB:
THE WACO BROTHERS with special guest Randy Franklin (11 pm): Ladies and gentlemen, quite possibly the best live rock band on the planet. We've seen them a hundred and sixty seven times, and the Waco Brothers never fail to entertain with their train wreck approach to country. Subtlety is for the weak, so they've chosen the path of optimum mayhem and tomfoolery. In their rollicking career, they have been called everything from the flagship act of the alternative country "movement" to pure butchery. Both are likely to be correct. Mandolin player RANDY FRANKLIN is the owner of Yard Dog Gallery in Austin, Texas. Earlier this evening, he'll host a show (5-8 P.M.) of Yard Dog artists at Tony FitzPatrick and Stan Klein's FIRECAT PROJECTS (2124 N. Damen) before heading out to FitzGerald's for some musical good times.
CHURCHWOOD (9:30 pm): Churchwood performs a vital and much-needed musical mission on their self-titled Saustex Records debut album: Saving the blues from the blahs and numerous other crimes and afflictions. Hailing from Austin, Texas, a city rightfully accused of being “The Boring White Blues Capital of the World,” the ingenious quintet kick the lazy butt of blues music into the second decade of the 21st Century and beyond.
IN THE SIDEBAR MUSIC ROOM:
YARN (10:30 pm): Brooklyn-based Americana/Alt-Country band Yarn’s sound owes as much to Gram Parsons and Earl Scruggs as to Jerry Garcia and Exile On Main Street-era Rolling Stones. Following in a fine tradition that includes forward thinking roots bands like The Flying Burrito Brothers and New Riders of The Purple Sage, Yarn weaves roots music idioms into a fresh sound that turns on hipsters and fans of country music alike, with technically impressive song-crafting and universal tales from the road of life.
CANNONBALL (9 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. The lineup: Paul Bivans: drums, vocals; Andon Davis: guitar, vocals; Tom Kneesel: pedal steel, guitar, vocals; Mike Krayniak: bass, vocals; and Terry White: guitar, harmonica, vocals.
IN THE SIDEBAR:
Plus a midnight jam session with Cannonball and friends in the SideBar.