34th Annual American Music Festival

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ABOUT THE 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. 

Unlike many of the popular music festivals in the city, the American Music Festival is held on the grounds of the club, with two of the three stages in our club and SideBar and one outdoor stage on tented parking lot.  This setup makes for a more intimate, comfortable experience, with access to a full bar, air conditioning and real bathrooms!  Our festival tents offer seating and waitress service, and the FitzGerald family is always on hand to help with any special needs which might arise.

MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR MILLER LITE AND 93XRT!

 

THIS YEAR'S LINEUP

HERE IS A LIST OF BANDS

 

JULY 1 (doors open at 4:30 pm):

IN THE TENT — Pokey LaFarge (10 pm), Lindi Ortega (8:15 pm), Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound (6:30 pm), Mississippi Mudpuppies (5 pm).

IN THE CLUB — Eric Lindell (9:30 and 11:15 pm), Alanna Royale (7:30 pm).

IN THE SIDEBAR — Tim Carroll (9 and 10:45 pm), Mississippi Mudpuppies (7:30 pm).

JULY 2 (doors open at 4:30 pm): 

IN THE TENT: Joe Ely Band featuring guitarist David Grissom (10:30 pm), JD McPherson (8:30 pm), Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line (6:45 pm), Girls, Guns and Glory (5 pm).

IN THE CLUB: Sarah Borges (11:30 pm), Uncle Lucius (9:15 pm), Andrew Combs (7:30 pm), Will Kimbrough (6 pm).

IN THE SIDEBAR: Cannonball (11 pm), Bunkertown (9 pm), Leadfoot Band (7:30 pm).

JULY 3 (doors open at 10:30 am): 

IN THE TENT: Paul Thorn (10:15 pm), Tributosaurus becomes Bob Dylan (7:45 pm), Dustbowl Revival (5:15 pm), The Zimmermen with Cathy Richardson (3:15 pm), Sarah Potenza (1:30 pm), School of Rock on Tour (11 am).

IN THE CLUB: Glen David Andrews (11:30 pm), Eilen Jewell (9:45 pm), Waco Brothers (8 pm), Lera Lynn (6:15 pm), 24th Street Wailers (4:30 pm), Michelle Malone (2:45 pm), School of Rock on Tour (11 am).

IN THE SIDEBAR: Expo '76 (11:30 pm), 24th Street Wailers (9:45 pm), The Belvederes (8:15 pm), Dead Horses (6:30 pm), Charlie Parr (4:30 pm).

 
JULY 4 (doors open at 10:30 am): 
 
IN THE TENT: Marcia Ball Band (10:15 pm), Glen David Andrews (8:15 pm), Bill Kirchen and Redd Volkaert Band (6:30 pm), Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience (4:30 pm), W.C. Clark Blues Band (2:45 pm), Salty Dogs Trad Jazz Band (1:30 pm), School of Rock on Tour (11 am).
 
IN THE CLUB: Honey Island Swamp Band (11:30pm), Dale Watson (9:30 pm), Jimmy LaFave (7:30 pm), Jon Dee Graham & the Fighting Cocks (5:45 pm), Kevin Gordon Band (4 pm), A Muscle Shoals Music Revue with Amy Black and Sarah Borges (2:15 pm), School of Rock on Tour (11 am).
 
IN THE SIDEBAR: The What 4 with Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, Phil Angotti, Matt Warren (midnight), Curtis McMurtry (10:45 pm), Bailey Dee & Her Late Night Bait (9 pm), Robin Bienemann (7:15 pm), Harvey Cameron (5:30 pm), Luke Underhill (4 pm).
 
 
 
 

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FESTIVAL BAND BIOS

JULY 1 (doors open at 4:30 pm):

IN THE TENT:

POKEY LaFARGE (10 pm): Pokey LaFarge makes original Midwestern music. With one foot deep in the heart of the American musical tradition and the other firmly planted in the present, he continually challenges the notion that tradition-bearers fail to push musical boundaries. An eclectic writer and performer, he incorporates elements of early jazz, ragtime, country blues, Western swing, and beyond, transcending the confines of genre to present a sound very much his own. Something in the Water follows on the heels of his last album, released on Jack White's Third Man Records, but comes with an evolution in sound. Treated with a heavier dose of catchy rhythms and traditional drum kit percussion throughout, the 12 tracks on his new disc, Something in the Water, see LaFarge's sound imbued with new life. Produced by kindred spirit Jimmy Sutton, Something in Water showcases Pokey LaFarge's peerless gifts as a songwriter, performer, and entertainer, and further solidifies his place at the forefront of American music.

Video: http://www.pokeylafarge.net/multimedia/video/

LINDI ORTEGA (8:15 pm): Who’s Lindi Ortega? She’s a Canadian singer-songwriter (and former backup singer for The Killers’ Brandon Flowers) who’s currently breaking the status quo in Nashville. She’s a red-boot-stompin’ porcelain gypsy with nails dipped in poison and a voice coated in honey. She can cut you open with her fiery rasp and soothe your wounds with a delicate coo. She is fearsome, rebellious, Gothic, and sweet, and her passion courses through her aching melodies. She rips out her voodoo-needled heart and throws it onto the stage for all to see. Her upcoming album, Faded Gloryville is due out in August.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4NqC-9yMj5V3nWHKqVdYRw?sub_confirmation=1

PAUL CEBAR TOMORROW SOUND (6:30 pm): Taking cues from the dance bands of western Louisiana (and his native Midwest), the streets (and 45’s) of New Orleans, touring African and Caribbean combos and the soul, funk & blues of his youth, Paul Cebar is a masterful synthesist of rhythmic culture.  His time spent in his second home of New Orleans, as a musicologist in Florida, and as a journeyman wanderer in Cuba, is reflected in his musical worldview. "Fine Rude Thing" showcases some of Cebar's most accessible and succinct songs without skimping on his flavorful blend of New Orleans funk, Memphis soul, reggae rhythms and Latin American and Caribbean grooves.

Video: http://www.paulcebar.com/video/index.html

MISSISSIPPI MUDPUPPIES (5 pm): The Mississippi Mudpuppies perform a mix of Chicago/New Orleans traditional jazz. Dan DeLorenzo, double bass, is a well-respected swinger with a deep sound who has been a fixture on the Chicago scene for decades. Tom Bartlett, also a Salty Dog, is best known as a foremost exponent of the barrelhouse trombone style of his mentor, Turk Murphy. Dave Onderdonk is recognized on the Chicago scene and throughout the country for his sensitive guitar work with many varied groups and artists including Terry Callier and Megan McDonough. Art Davis has played trumpet for everyone from Ray Charles to Woody Herman and is well known as a leading jazz artist and teacher in Chicago. Bill Overton, woodwinds, has worked with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, Doc Cheatham, Vic Dickenson and many other groups and artists in New York and Chicago, and is also a long-time music educator.

IN THE CLUB:

ERIC LINDELL (9:30 & 11:15 pm): It's hard to put a pinpoint definition on Eric Lindell's music. Although he's been grouped

under the broad umbrella of Americana, that's just an easy go-to. True enough, it is

American roots music at its finest, but that just scratches the surface of what Lindell brings to the table. For the better part of two decades he's hijacked soul on a cross-country ride that stretches
north to the Blues in Chicago, south to the funky vibe of his adopted hometown of New Orleans, east to the R&B of Detroit and west to California for a taste of the Bakersfield sound - and sometimes

that's all in one song! He's recorded over a dozen albums since his 1996 debut, including three

in the mid-2000s for Alligator Records that rank him among the best selling artists in that storied label's history. His two most recent releases, the beautifully precise studio LP Indian Summer and the

sizzling live disc Live in Space, show not only why he's come to be regarded as one of

the foremost songwriters in American music today but why his live reputation continues

to grow by leaps and bounds. 

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

ALANNA ROYALE (7:30 pm):  Alanna Royale combines the best elements of rock, pop, funk and soul, all executed by their fearless leader and sensual vocalist, Alanna Quinn-Broadus, an unparalleled rhythm section – Jared Colby on guitar, Gabriel Golden on bass and Matt Snow on drums - and a tremendously talented two-piece horn section – Kirk Donovan on trumpet and Diego Vasquez on trombone. Alanna Royale shines bright by marrying smooth, retro roots with dirty Rock n’ Roll attitude.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE8zh053itg

IN THE SIDEBAR:

TIM CARROLL (9 and 10:30 pm): Tim Carroll, a product of rural Indiana, began as the rhythm guitarist for the punk band The Gizmos in the late 70s. He later displayed his bare-bones rock ethic with The Blue Chieftains during the 80s. A Nashville transplant since 1993, Tim has had songs recorded by John Prine, Asleep At The Wheel, BR-549, Robbie Fulks, Kasey Chambers, Elizabeth Cook, Bobby Bare Jr., Sunny Sweeney, Sonny Burgess, and many others. Since 2000, Tim has appeared on The Grand Ole Opry literally hundreds of times as sideman to his wife, Americana chanteuse and Sirius Radio host Elizabeth Cook. 

MISSISSIPPI MUDPUPPIES (7:30 pm): The Mississippi Mudpuppies perform a mix of Chicago/New Orleans traditional jazz. Dan DeLorenzo, double bass, is a well-respected swinger with a deep sound who has been a fixture on the Chicago scene for decades. Tom Bartlett, also a Salty Dog, is best known as a foremost exponent of the barrelhouse trombone style of his mentor, Turk Murphy. Dave Onderdonk is recognized on the Chicago scene and throughout the country for his sensitive guitar work with many varied groups and artists including Terry Callier and Megan McDonough. Art Davis has played trumpet for everyone from Ray Charles to Woody Herman and is well known as a leading jazz artist and teacher in Chicago. Bill Overton, woodwinds, has worked with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, Doc Cheatham, Vic Dickenson and many other groups and artists in New York and Chicago, and is also a long-time music educator.

JULY 2 (doors open at 4:30 pm):

IN THE TENT: 

JOE ELY BAND featuring guitarist DAVE GRISSOM (10:30 pm): Texas songwriter Joe Ely is a renaissance man even among his roots-rocking brethren, touching on everything from Tex-Mex and honky-tonk to punk and rockabilly in a career that spans more than four decades. He’s still one of the most dynamic performers you’ll ever see. Since he first hitched a ride out of Lubbock, Texas, at the age of sixteen, he has been a road warrior, traveling highways and back roads across America and Europe, playing music for "2 hours of ecstasy" out of "22 hours of misery."

Video: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=joe+ely

JD McMPHERSON (8:30 pm): With an unaffected take on vital American music and a voice that channels the spirit of Little Richard and James Brown - JD McPherson plays traditional rhythm & blues and rock ‘n’ roll with fresh, exciting songwriting. On 2015’s Let the Good Times Roll, this renaissance man/hepcat seamlessly meshes the old and the new, the primal and the sophisticated, on a work that will satisfy traditional American rock ’n’ roll and R&B purists while also exhibiting McPherson’s rarefied gift for mixing and matching disparate stylistic shapes and textures.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RVz67Nin-Y

NORA JANE STRUTHERS & THE PARTY LINE (6:45 pm): Wake, the evocative one-word speaks volumes about what’s happening on Nora Jane Struthers’ latest album. For the thirty-year old singer-songwriter, it’s “wake” in several senses of the word. There’s the trail of a life and career behind her, the slipstream of lessons learned. There’s the quiet observance and letting go of who she has been up until now as both an artist and a person. And most of all, there’s the stirring of something new, an opening of a door and wide-eyed rush forward into a place of discovery and dizzying possibilities. And it’s all set to a soundtrack that resonates with the warm uplift of the first day of spring. Ann Powers, NPR Music, says, “Nora Jane Struthers is guided by fire. Struthers has [come] up with some of the most quietly powerful narratives within the new wave of Americana artists. The sound of the Party Line has progressed to include propulsive electric guitar and drums, and Struthers’ sweet voice is showing an edge, the better to meet the challenge.”

VIDEO: http://www.norajanestruthers.com/videos/

GIRLS, GUNS & GLORY with SARAH BORGES (5 pm): For the past eight years, Boston’s Girls Guns and Glory have been making a name for themselves through relentless touring (about 200 gigs a year worldwide), the release of four critically acclaimed records, a slew of local awards, including being the Boston Music Awards first act of its genre to win Act of the Year, and international awards (Independent Artist of the Year at the French Country Music Awards). And, now, the hard-working band is refining their focus to the roots of rock ‘n’ roll with a twist of country on their fifth album, Good Luck. The foursome (Ward Hayden on vocals/guitar, Paul Dilley on electric and upright bass/piano, Josh Kiggans on drums/percussion, and Chris Hersch on lead guitar/banjo) found inspiration for this record from early ’50s rock ‘n’ roll icons such as Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, and Buddy Holly, as well as country greats like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mkd34YVSHQ

IN THE CLUB:

SARAH BORGES backed by Girls, Guns & Glory (11:30 pm):  Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles had a hell of a run, with hard-charging shows, a slew of snappy country-rock albums, and well-earned national attention to show for the roughly seven years they spent together. At some point, however, the realities of a hardworking, low-earning touring band in a sputtering economy became just that – realities – and so did other needs, from stability to family commitments. She married Broken Singles guitarist Lyle Brewer in September 2010, and then the following summer of 2011, gave birth to son Elliott and took some time off to be a mom. Now she’s back on the road rocking out with Girls, Guns and Glory.

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

UNCLE LUCIUS (9:15 pm): Austin’s Uncle Lucius celebrates its independence with a highly anticipated fourth album, The Light, the statement their fans have waited for, with songs of seeking and questioning, of reaching out to others, of excavating the hidden strength within. After years spent spreading their message across Texas, here at last is the vehicle that can take them to the national level. Uncle Lucius takes rock and roll from its deep roots, pushes it onward by putting their own honest interpretation of new rock sounds with elements of R&B and blues added. The band includes Kevin Galloway on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Mike Carpenter on lead guitar and vocals, Josh Greco on drums and percussion and Jon Grossman on lead vocals, and keys. 

VIDEO: http://www.uncleluciusmusic.com/visuals/

ANDREW COMBS (7:30 pm): Andrew Combs’ sophomore album, All These Dreams, marks a huge step forward for the Nashville singer-songwriter. Using his gifts for lyricism and wry observation, Combs weaves tales of love, sin and redemption, in a style that brings together classic country and contemporary pop. On this album, Combs continues to carve out his own singular path as an artist, reaching the heights of his Texas songwriting heroes. All These Dreams is one of the best Americana albums of 2015.

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

WILL KIMBROUGH (6 pm): Will Kimbrough is a singer, songwriter, award-winning guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, performer and bandleader with a voracious appetite for every aspect of music. Born and raised in the deep south of the Alabama Gulf Coast, he ingested eclectic FM radio sounds and the music of nearby New Orleans. In his quest to develop his musical capacities to their fullest, Will Kimbrough has become a modern-day Renaissance man. His latest album is Sideshow Love, a 12-track song cycle exploring the human heart and love in all its guises. According to close friend and longtime partner Tommy Womack, Sideshow Love is not only the best showcase for Kimbrough’s guitar work, but his best collection of songs yet. The record focuses on love in all forms, the ups and downs of romantic love, wistful longing, spiritual wandering and old-fashioned lust.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFgoOa1blRw

iN THE SIDEBAR: 

CANNONBALL (10 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.

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

BUNKERTOWN (8 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

LEADFOOT BAND (6:15 pm): Founding themselves on bluegrass roots over a decade ago in the concrete jungle and bluegrass mecca of the South Side of Chicago, The Leadfoot Band has branched out in all directions from there. Incorporating their love of bluegrass with their early urban influences of rock, funk and everything in between, the evolution of the band is hard to place. It is a smokin' blend of styles suitable for any palette: funky, to pocket groove, to two-steppin', to straight bluegrass/ newgrass, easy listening to acoustic rock.
 
JULY 3 (doors open at 10:30 am):

IN THE TENT: 

PAUL THORN (10:15 pm): Paul Thorn's new album Too Blessed To Be Stressed stakes out new territory for the popular roots-rock songwriter and performer. "In the past, I've told stories that were mostly inspired by my own life," the former prizefighter and literal son of a preacher man offers. "This time, I've written 10 songs that express more universal truths, and I've done it with a purpose: to make people feel good."  Which explains numbers like the acoustic-electric charmer Don't Let Nobody Rob You Of Your Joy, where Thorn's warm peaches-and-molasses singing dispenses advice on avoiding the pitfalls of life. The title track borrows its tag from a familiar saying among the members of the African-American Baptist churches Thorn frequented in his childhood. "I'd ask, 'How you doin', sister?' And what I'd often hear back was, 'I'm too blessed to be stressed.' " In the hands of Thorn and his faithful band, who've been together 20 years, the tune applies its own funky balm, interlacing a percolating drum and keyboard rhythm with the slinky guitar lines beneath his playful banter.

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ppf2vogP4os

TRIBUTOSAURUS becomes BOB DYLAN (7:45 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.

DUSTBOWL REVIVAL (5:15 pm): The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their roaring live sets, Dustbowl bravely brings together many styles of traditional American music. Some call it string band-brass band mash up. Maybe it's called Swing grass or good old Americana. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show teaming up with Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Sevens, or Bob Dylan and The Band jamming with Benny Goodman and his orchestra in 1938. It’s infectious, joyous music - a youthful take on timeworn American traditions.

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

THE ZIMMERMEN with CATHY RICHARDSON (3:15 pm): The Zimmermen featuring the music of Bob Dylan with Terry White, Pat Brennan, Andon Davis, John Carpender, Klem Hayes and special guest Cathy Richardson. 

Cathy Richardson is a Grammy nominated and 4 time DIY Award winning singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actress and designer from Chicago. Besides independently releasing seven albums of original material, Richardson is the lead singer of the Macrodots and the legendary Jefferson Starship. She starred as Janis Joplin in the Off Broadway show Love, Janis. She has toured the US singing with Janis Joplin's original band members Big Brother and the Holding Co. and occasionally sits in when schedule allows. Ms. Richardson can be seen on the rockin' music education show for kids, Jack's Big Music Show on the Noggin Network. Her voice has been heard on dozens of national tv and radio advertising campaigns, and movie soundtracks like HBO's The Vagina Monologues and Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

SARAH PORTENZA (1:30 pm): After spending seven years with her band Sarah & the Tall Boys, Sarah Potenza relocated to Nashville Tennessee with not much more than her husband and her monster vocals and honest reflective songwriting. She quickly garnered the attention of the city’s thriving music scene and she became a staple at the world renowned Bluebird Café and the globally broadcast Music City Roots program. One of her performances on Music City Roots resulted in a phone call from the NBC television show, “The Voice”. Potenza took the challenge in stride and managed to land a four-chair turn and out of 50,000 contestants, she made it to the top twenty! Her passion for performing and undeniable voice resonated with America and made her a fan favorite across the country. Nashville welcomed her home with pride and celebrated her authentic, heart-felt songwriting with a sold out show at the Bluebird Cafe and her debut on the Grand Old Opry. Her new album “My Turn” will be available in the fall of 2015.

Video: http://www.sarahpotenza.net

SCHOOL OF ROCK ON TOUR (11 am): Every summer, talented young musicians from School of Rock go "On Tour," meeting other teen instrumentalists from around the world and playing at venues like The Gathering of the Vibes, Lollapalooza, Wildwood (NJ), Milwaukee Summerfest and this year for the first time at the FitzGerald's American Music Festival. Teens from nine School of Rock locations, from as far away as Australia and as close as Oak Park, will be playing on the AMF club and tent stages. All of the schools are planning sets to highlight the best of American rock music. The Oak Park school is paying tribute to Chicago's own Bloodshot Records with a half-hour set of Bloodshot classics. You can expect to hear songs from Andrew Bird, Alejandro Escovedo, Neko Case and more. The relationship between Fitzgerald's and Bloodshot Records is long and deep! We are thrilled to be a part of the legacy!

IN THE CLUB:

GLEN DAVID ANDREWS (11:30 pm): In a city whose spirit world is as old as Mother Africa’s children, Glen David Andrews, a native son of New Orleans, has made a compelling case for his own deliverance with a powerful new project that correlates his own reclaimed life to his reclaimed city. His recent album “Redemption” is Andrews's balm after a very personal storm. The music is about ghosts and their residual energy; about acceptance and forgiveness; about rebirth and renewal. A warrior for cultural preservation in New Orleans at a time when indigenous traditions are being threatened, Andrews is standing up now for his own salvation.

Video: http://glendavidandrewsband.com/media/

EILEN JEWELL (9:45 pm): Crafting a unique style that mixes her poetic ballads with swinging rockers, Eilen Jewell ranks among the best in the Americana genre today. As the reigning Queen of the Minor Key, Jewell leads a tight quartet who blend influences of surf-noir, early blues, rockabilly and 1960s era rock and roll. Her new album Sundown Over Ghost Town is due out May 26. The Los Angles Daily News wrote: “Sometimes as darkly damaged as Lucinda Williams, at others as defiant and teasing as prime Peggy Lee and always authentically Americana in the Gillian Welch tradition. She’s mighty good.”

Video: http://www.eilenjewell.com/video-2/ 

THE WACO BROTHERS (8 pm): The Wacos race towards the crossroads of punk and country, heedless of speed limits and stop signs.  The collisions are spectacular, loud, energizing and sometimes messy. We've seen them a two hundred and forty six times, and the Waco Brothers never fail to entertain.  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, even within one evening.

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

LERA LYNN (6:15 pm): Texas-native Lera Lynn sings about past relationships. But her music moves beyond the one-note storied, country sound. On her latest album, The Avenues, Lynn fuses folk, country, jazz and pop. She was born in Texas, raised in Georgia and is based now in Tennessee. You might assume she veers toward country, but that's not quite right. Add a little jazz and pop and you're closer. The Huffington Post says Lynn is “The girl with the golden pipes who play acoustic and electric guitars is versatile enough to handle ballads and blasters in folk, country and rock.”

Video: http://leralynn.com/media

24TH STREET WAILERS (4:30 pm): Experienced, road-tested and tougher than a two by four, The 24th Street Wailers  are five musicians who originally met in music school. Their major influence? The sounds from the freewheeling period in the ‘40s and ‘50s when the Blues gave birth to Rock and Roll in black communities in major American cities. When showmanship mattered. When the sax player, not the guitarist, got the girls. Lindsay Beaver is the flame-haired lead singer/drummer who fronts the band, who even at first glance is anything but the norm. How many women play drums this powerfully, deliver the vocals and lead a thunderingly successful band? Just this one.  It didn’t take long for The Wailers to develop the tightest of grooves, an original repertoire, and a balls-against-the-wall live show, and you can hear it in the three studio CDs they’ve made so far. Their most recent album is "Wicked."

Video: http://the24thstreetwailers.com/videos/

MICHELLE MALONE (2:45 pm): Michelle Malone defies easy description - wild-haired Rock Goddess, political singer/songwriter, passionate performer with roots in church music – no single characterization tells the whole story. Over the course of Malone’s career, she’s collaborated with artists from Gregg Allman to Indigo Girls, released more than a dozen records and went indie when it still took guts. Equal parts badass guitar slinger and sweet songstress, Michelle Malone artfully balances her penchant for ripping it through the roof with masterful lyrical introspection and vocals that range from sublime to raucous.

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

SCHOOL OF ROCK ON TOUR (11 am): Every summer, talented young musicians from School of Rock go "On Tour," meeting other teen instrumentalists from around the world and playing at venues like The Gathering of the Vibes, Lollapalooza, Wildwood (NJ), Milwaukee Summerfest and this year for the first time at the FitzGerald's American Music Festival. Teens from nine School of Rock locations, from as far away as Australia and as close as Oak Park, will be playing on the AMF club and tent stages. All of the schools are planning sets to highlight the best of American rock music. The Oak Park school is paying tribute to Chicago's own Bloodshot Records with a half-hour set of Bloodshot classics. You can expect to hear songs from Andrew Bird, Alejandro Escovedo, Neko Case and more. The relationship between Fitzgerald's and Bloodshot Records is long and deep! We are thrilled to be a part of the legacy!

IN THE SIDEBAR:

EXPO ’76 (11:30 pm): Our monthly guests, Expo ‘76, rock out once again with their stunning list of hits and obscure cover tunes! Expo ‘76 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.

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

24TH STREET WAILERS (9:45 pm): Experienced, road-tested and tougher than a two by four, The 24th Street Wailers  are five musicians who originally met in music school. Their major influence? The sounds from the freewheeling period in the ‘40s and ‘50s when the Blues gave birth to Rock and Roll in black communities in major American cities. When showmanship mattered. When the sax player, not the guitarist, got the girls. Lindsay Beaver is the flame-haired lead singer/drummer who fronts the band, who even at first glance is anything but the norm. How many women play drums this powerfully, deliver the vocals and lead a thunderingly successful band? Just this one.  It didn’t take long for The Wailers to develop the tightest of grooves, an original repertoire, and a balls-against-the-wall live show, and you can hear it in the three studio CDs they’ve made so far. Their most recent album is "Wicked."

Video: http://the24thstreetwailers.com/videos/

THE BELVEDERES (8:15 pm): Raised on a healthy diet of garage rock, power-pop, roots, red-hot rockabilly, honky-tonk and soul — John 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. Dynamic playing, tight three-part 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! 

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg0BSSlKbR8

CHARLIE PARR (4:30 pm): Many musicians play roots music, but few modern musicians live those roots like Minnesota's Charlie Parr. Recording since the earliest days of the 21st century, Parr's heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals don't strive for authenticity: They are authentic. It's the music of a self-taught guitarist and banjo player who grew up without a TV but with his dad's recordings of America's musical founding fathers, including Charley Patton and Lightnin' Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. With his long scraggly hair, father-time beard, thrift-store workingman's flannel and jeans, and emphatic, throaty voice, Parr looks and sounds like he would have fit right into Harry Smith's "Anthology of American Folk Music."

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

DEAD HORSES (6:30 pm): Dead Horses is a young acoustic band with a cultivated folk sensibility well beyond their years. Hailing from a small Wisconsin town made world famous by a pair of overalls, the Oshkosh-based troupe craft powerful coming of age narratives sung by the alluring golden-haired songstress Sarah Vos.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI7j0Bu0QlQ

JULY 4 (doors open at 10:30 am): 

IN THE TENT: 

MARCIA BALL BAND (10:15 pm): Marcia Ball was FitzGerald's first national touring act back in 1981 — Bill FitzGerald saw her on his first trip to New Orleans' Jazz Fest and set his sights on having her at the club. Since then, the piano great has come back year after year, bringing her brand of rollicking NOLA R&B, soulful ballads and Texas stomp. She has been nominated for several Grammys and has garnered scores of other awards during her career. A Marcia Ball show is always one of the highlights of our festival — don't miss it!

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

GLEN DAVID ANDREWS (8:15 pm): In a city whose spirit world is as old as Mother Africa’s children, Glen David Andrews, a native son of New Orleans, has made a compelling case for his own deliverance with a powerful new project that correlates his own reclaimed life to his reclaimed city. His recent album “Redemption” is Andrews's balm after a very personal storm. The music is about ghosts and their residual energy; about acceptance and forgiveness; about rebirth and renewal. A warrior for cultural preservation in New Orleans at a time when indigenous traditions are being threatened, Andrews is standing up now for his own salvation.

Video: http://glendavidandrewsband.com/media/

BILL KIRCHEN & REDD VOLKAERT BAND (6:30 pm): Two great guitarists and their Telecasters team up for this sizzling performance.

Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter BILL KIRCHEN is one of the fortunate few who can step onto any stage, play those trademark licks that drove his seminal Commander Cody classic "Hot Rod Lincoln" into the Top Ten, and elicit instant recognition for a career that has spanned over 40. Named “A Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates an American musical tradition where rock 'n' roll and country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass, Western swing from Texas and California honky-tonk. 

In addition to his work with Merle Haggard, REDD VOLKAERT won a Grammy award for Best Country Instrumental Performance in 2009 for his work with Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, and Steve Wariner on the song "Cluster Pluck," from Pailey's album, Play. He’s been called “the Telemaster.”

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCjr6Q1ErZw

TERRANCE SIMIEN & THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE (4:30 pm): For over 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.

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

W.C. CLARK (2:45 pm): “If the blues is played right,” says Austin, Texas, native W.C. Clark, “it makes your soul feel clean.” Indeed, master guitarist/vocalist Clark – known as “The Godfather of Austin Blues” – has been playing the blues right and cleansing souls from the east side of Austin to stages around the world for over 40 years. He's been mentoring countless young blues and soul players in the finer points of the music for almost as long. Blues stars from Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan to Angela Strehli to Lou Ann Barton to Marcia Ball have all perfected their craft under Clark's tutelage. Clark's mix of modern Texas blues, searing guitar and heartfelt, Memphis-style soul vocals have made him a favorite of blues and R&B fans alike.

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

SALTY DOGS TRAD JAZZ BAND (1:30 pm): The roots of The Salty Dogs dig deep to the early jazz musicians of the 1920s — Hoagy Carmichael, King Oliver, The New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Biederbecke, Hitch's Happy Harmonists, and Louis Armstrong. They all recorded in Richmond, Indiana and many of their sidemen settled in the Chicago area. In the 1950s and 1960s, many of these players were still active and performed side-by-side with members of the Salty Dogs. The list includes some of the greatest names in jazz history: Georg Brunis, Lil Armstrong, Quinn Wilson, Darnell Howard, George Lewis, Lou Black, Jim Lannigan, "Little Brother" Montgomery, "Banjo" Ikey Robinson, Franz Jackson and a host of others who shared their music, knowledge and notes with the Salty Dogs. The Dogs roots also go deep at FitzGerald's back to the days when it was known as the Hunt Club. Check out the photos from 1954 on the wall to the left of the stage.  

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcfb-qqu0q0

SCHOOL OF ROCK ON TOUR (11 am): Every summer, talented young musicians from School of Rock go "On Tour," meeting other teen instrumentalists from around the world and playing at venues like The Gathering of the Vibes, Lollapalooza, Wildwood (NJ), Milwaukee Summerfest and this year for the first time at the FitzGerald's American Music Festival. Teens from nine School of Rock locations, from as far away as Australia and as close as Oak Park, will be playing on the AMF club and tent stages. All of the schools are planning sets to highlight the best of American rock music. The Oak Park school is paying tribute to Chicago's own Bloodshot Records with a half-hour set of Bloodshot classics. You can expect to hear songs from Andrew Bird, Alejandro Escovedo, Neko Case and more. The relationship between Fitzgerald's and Bloodshot Records is long and deep! We are thrilled to be a part of the legacy!

iN THE CLUB:

HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND (11:30 pm):  Honey Island Swamp Band‘s music has been described as “Bayou Americana” with timeless songs from Aaron Wilkinson and Chris Mulé, highlighted by Mulé’s searing guitar, Wilkinson’s sure-handed mandolin, and 4-part vocal harmonies, all anchored by the powerful groove of Sam Price and Garland Paul’s Louisiana stomp rhythm section. Trevor Brooks on Hammond B-3 organ rounds out the band’s sound, which draws from a variety of influences in the world of roots music, including artists such as Lowell George & Little Feat, The Band, Taj Mahal, Gram Parsons, Jerry Garcia, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Reed, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and New Orleans’ own Earl King and Dr. John.

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

DALE WATSON (9:30 pm): Dale Watson is the keeper of the true country music flame. His new release is Call Me Insane,a new studio album recorded in Austin with veteran producer Lloyd Maines. Dubbed "the silver pompadoured, baritone beltin', Lone Star beer drinkin', honky-tonk hellraiser" by The Austin Chronicle, Watson recently sat in with Jimmy Kimmel’s house band as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) from SXSW. He also emceed the first ever SXSW “Ameripolitan” showcase featuring the best of honky-tonk, outlaw country, rockabilly and Texas swing music.  

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

JIMMY LaFAVE (7:30 pm): Jimmy LaFave has one of America's greatest voices, and his albums are the story of what he has learned to do with it. It's a unique instrument, with starling range and its own peculiar sense of gravity, liable to swoop in and wreck your expectations at any instant. “LaFave is nothing if not a red–dirt romantic. Viewing the world from an open road and an open heart, with one eye on the girl and the other on the mythological lure of the highway. First it was Woody Guthrie and then Jack Kerouac, now it’s LaFave and his brand of dirty–boots folk–rock... Jimmy has the most expressive voice this side of Belfast... it’s the music of Jimmy LaFave that really defines this part of the land.” — Oklahoma City Gazette

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKVZiiMR63o

JON DEE GRAHAM & THE FIGHTING COCKS (5:45 pm): Jon Dee Graham has always had a special place in our hearts and we in his. We're not the only ones who recognize Jon Dee's amazing talents as a songwriter and showman. Graham was named the Austin Musician of the Year during the South by Southwest (SXSW) music conference in 2006. He also was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame three times: as a solo artist in 2000, again in 2008 as a member of The Skunks, and again in 2009 as a member of the True Believers. He’s also played with John DoeExene CervenkaJames McMurtryEliza GilkysonKelly WillisJohn HiattMichelle ShockedPatty GriffinCalvin Russell, and Lone Justice. His live shows are the stuff of legend--don't miss this chance to see a true Austin star.

Video: https://jondeegraham.wordpress.com/media/videos/

KEVIN GORDON BAND (4 pm): A full band show with the Nashville singer-songwriter. Kevin Gordon’s voice is made from dust and red clay. And the songs on the Louisiana-born performer’s latest album Gloryland 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. 

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHMdhPSgL0g

A MUSCLE SHOALS MUSIC REVUE with AMY BLACK & SARAH BORGES (2:15 pm): Join powerhouse singers Amy Black and Sarah Borges for a soulful celebration of the incredible music that came out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama in the 1960s and 70s. Together, with a full band, they will perform classic songs originally recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama by Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Lou Rawls, Bob Dylan and many others, as well as a few originals that embody the spirit and soul of Muscle Shoals.

Amy Black: Singer/songwriter Amy Black is based in Boston, but has Southern soul in her blood. With two critically acclaimed albums of original music to her name, she was inspired to create this revue show after recording a four-song EP last summer in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, her family’s homeland, with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Spooner Oldham. In January 2015, Amy returned to Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals with an all-star band to turn the EP into a full-length album, featuring Spooner Oldham, Charles Rose of the Muscle Shoals Horns, Regina and Ann McCrary of the McCrary Sisters and Alabama born Will Kimbrough. The Muscle Shoals Sessions album, which includes classic covers and new originals, will be released June 9, 2015, kicking off an extensive national tour of “A Muscle Shoals Music Revue.” www.amyblack.com

Sarah Borges: Sarah Borges is an alluring figure onstage, delivering performances packed with power and punch. Born to play rock ‘n’ roll, she gives herself fully -- much to the audience's pleasure. Steve Berlin, best known, produced her latest album, Radio Sweetheart, as keyboardist and saxophonist for the Chicano-rock group Los Lobos. Based in Boston, Sarah has drawn praise from the most elite of music scribes, including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, USA Today, Creative Loafing and The Boston Globe. Stepping away from her rock 'n' roll repertoire, Sarah brings her intensity and fire to the classic music of Muscle Shoals...to great effect. www.sarahborges.com

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYAD4WSA5I8&list=PLnSUsI4CtO8e98UJriK2mM9bZuWqrE-0R

SCHOOL OF ROCK ON TOUR (11 am): Every summer, talented young musicians from School of Rock go "On Tour," meeting other teen instrumentalists from around the world and playing at venues like The Gathering of the Vibes, Lollapalooza, Wildwood (NJ), Milwaukee Summerfest and this year for the first time at the FitzGerald's American Music Festival. Teens from nine School of Rock locations, from as far away as Australia and as close as Oak Park, will be playing on the AMF club and tent stages. All of the schools are planning sets to highlight the best of American rock music. The Oak Park school is paying tribute to Chicago's own Bloodshot Records with a half-hour set of Bloodshot classics. You can expect to hear songs from Andrew Bird, Alejandro Escovedo, Neko Case and more. The relationship between Fitzgerald's and Bloodshot Records is long and deep! We are thrilled to be a part of the legacy!

IN THE SIDEBAR:

HARVEY CAMERON (5:30 pm): Formerly known as the Cameron Brothers Band, Harvey Cameron has recently relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. Brothers Scott and Braden Cameron (bass and electric guitar, respectively) with Emma Harvey behind the drum kit make up this vocally driven Americana rock 'n' roll band. Their three unique voices share leads and blend together seamlessly for an unparalleled harmony of blues, folk, rock and country influences.

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

CURTIS McMURTRY (10:45 pm): The characters in Curtis McMurtry's songs seem to have given up on life decades ago. His debut solo album Respectable Enemy chronicles the narrations of unapologetically bitter individuals still haunted by the ghosts of lovers and friends they have long since driven away. Few other songwriters inhabit such lonely, spiteful people with such conviction. From the doomed narrator of Foxhole to the resigned nostalgia of Eleanor's House, Curtis writes to break your heart into sharp, jagged pieces. Curtis was born and raised in Austin, Texas and grew up listening to local songwriters like Matt The Electrician, Jon Dee Graham, and his father, James McMurtry. From 2009-2013 Curtis studied music composition at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, primarily writing contemporary chamber music for banjo and strings. In 2013, Curtis moved to Nashville to sharpen his songwriting skills by co-writing with veteran writers including Fred Koller and Guy Clark.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wuf5kqcHd4E

BAILEY DEE & HER LATE NIGHT BAIT (9 pm): Small frame, big voice, all rock and roll. Bailey Dee will charm you with her wide song catalog reaching into the Great American Songbook of early swing, jazz, rock, and beyond. You can hear pieces of her idols from a wide golden era of music in her voice: Julia Lee, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Little Esther, Lorrie Collins, and more. With her 4-piece band of top-shelf musicians and her guitar, it's almost as if she's demanding a dance party to break out as soon as the band hits their first note.

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

ROBIN BIENEMANN (7:15 pm): Wickedly funny original songs with refined jazz and blues guitar stylings plus a wild mix of sophisticated music, catchy tunes, and dry humor.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2IaswkpwCI

THE WHAT FOUR (midnight): Pop tunes with Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough and Phil Angotti.

 

TICKET PRICES

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

Advance tickets, $25 (July 1) and $35 (July 2-4), 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 July 1-2 and 2 p.m. on July 3-4.

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

Four-day festival passes ($100) 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 Wednesday, July 1 at 3 pm.  Passes can not 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.

FESTIVAL FOOD MENU

On the food front, those familiar with Tom "Festival" Cimms' past offerings consider his food a festival highlight. Tom is an old friend and former restaurateur who makes his specialties exclusively for our festival — look for a delicious mix of classic American and New Orleans favs. The menu includes the perennial favorites: Cochon de Lait, New Orleans BBQ shrimp, grilled mahi mahi with Creole mustard sauce, Andouille sausage po’ boy, shrimp Creole, jambalaya as well as the bratwurst and hot dogs. We will also feature a daily Cajun special and a vegetarian salad option.  In addition,  Capri Ristorante will be serving Italian beef and sausage sandwiches.

Please note that NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK IS ALLOWED AT THE FESTIVAL.

LODGING

There are several choices for lodging in area -- here are some ideas, all within 20 minutes or so of FitzGerald's (Oak Park is right across the street from the club).  Be sure to tell 'em FitzGerald's sent you!

http://www.visitoakpark.com/leisure_accommodations.cfm

 

FAQ

 

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.

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.

 

DO YOU OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS ON TICKETS?  Yes.  For those who are paying cash at the door,  there is a $5 discount ($25) 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.  

 

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 $5-$7; standard liquors $5; premium liquors $5-$10 -- wines from $7/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!