2016's 35th Annual American Music Festival

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL


 

ONE OF THE TOP 10 ROCK SHOWS AND FESTIVALS OF THE 2016 SUMMER: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/kot/ct-summer-preview-pop-rock-ott-0610-20160606-column.html

 

"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 SPONSORS -  MILLER LITE AND 93XRT!

 

THIS YEAR'S LINEUP

HERE IS A LIST OF BANDS:

June 30 (doors open at 4:30 pm): 

IN THE TENT: Webb Wilder (9 pm), Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles (7:15 pm), Billy Prine Band (5:30 pm).

IN THE CLUB: Donna the Buffalo (10 pm), Parker Millsap (8:15 pm), Dead Winter Carpenters (6:30 pm).

IN THE SIDEBAR: Cannonball (10 pm), Bunkertown/Lonesome Organist (8:15 pm), Jodi and Dave Walker (6:45 pm).

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

IN THE TENT: Eric Lindell with Anson Funderburgh (10:30 pm), Nelson Street Revival with Cathy Richardson (8:45 pm), The Lee Boys (7 pm), Mississippi Mudpuppies (5 pm).

IN THE CLUB: Banditos (11:15 pm), Willie Nile (9:15 pm), The Wild Reeds (7:30 pm), The Roosevelts (6 pm).

IN THE SIDEBAR: Dead Freddie (11:30 pm), Tory P-Lopez & the Beta Males (10 pm), Girls of the Golden West (8:30 pm), The Giving Trio (7 pm).

July 2 (doors open at 1 pm):

IN THE TENT: Willie Nile (10:15 pm), The Zimmermen with Robbie Fulks and John Fullbright (8:15 pm), Alanna Royale (6:30 pm), Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience (4:30 pm), R&B Cadets (2:30 pm), Salty Dogs (1:30 pm).

IN THE CLUB: Robbie Fulks (11:15 pm), John Fullbright (9:30 pm), Jon Dee Graham & the Fighting Cocks (7:45 pm), Kevin Gordon Band (6 pm), Dylan LeBlanc (4:30 pm), Brad Cole (3 pm), Choctaw Wildfire (1:30 pm).

IN THE SIDEBAR: Kevin Gordan Band (10:30 pm), Gerald Dowd (9 pm), Curtis McMurtry (7:30 pm), Moonrise Nation (5:30 pm), Christine Melody Remedy (4 pm).

July 3 (doors open at 1 pm):

IN THE TENT: Dos Lobos featuring Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and special guests (9:45 pm), James McMurtry (7:30 pm), Tributosaurus becomes James Brown (5:30 pm), Toronzo Cannon (3:45 pm), Rico (2 pm).

IN THE CLUB: Reckless Kelly (11:30 pm), The Cactus Blossoms (9 pm), Choctaw Wildfire (7 pm), Sam Lewis (5 pm), The Claudettes (3:15 pm), Salty Dogs (1:30 pm).

IN THE SIDEBAR:  Expo ’76 (11:30 pm), The Belvederes (9:45 pm), Charlie Parr (8 pm), Matt the Electrician (6:30 pm), Lonesome Still (5 pm).

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Fitzgerald's American Music Festival 2016 Schedule

TICKET PRICES

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

Advance tickets, $25 (June 30), $30 (July 1), $35  (July 2) and $50 (July 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-July 1 and 2 p.m. on July 2-3.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ADVANCE TICKETS CAN ONLY BE USED FOR DAY AS 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 Wednesday, June 29 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 BAND BIOS

JUNE 30 (doors open at 4:30pm) 

IN THE TENT:

WEBB WILDER & THE BEATNECKS (9 pm): There are Roots-Rockers, and then there's Webb Wilder. Hardly a purist, he has described the music he and his band, The Beatnecks, make as, "Rock for Roots fans and Roots for Rock fans." In essence: rock ‘n’ roll. There’s nothing new about combining R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, country, blues, pop and rock. The Rolling Stones and the Beatles proved that it could yield marvelous and diverse results. I said he wasn’t a PURIST. I didn’t say he wasn’t very PICKY about the quality of the music. That includes everything from the sonics of the recordings, the choice of players, the influences he draws on, the songs he chooses to cover, or how attentive he is to the craftsmanship of his own songs. http://www.webbwilder.com

Video: http://www.webbwilder.com/index.php?goto=video

SARAH BORGES & THE BROKEN SINGLES (7:15 pm): Change is something that takes a little getting used to. If you need proof of this, ask this soulful singer-songwriter.  After a long and successful stint with her band, The Broken Singles, 2011 marked the band’s breakup and Sarah embarking on a solo career. (The Broken Singles are now back together and backing Sarah.) Whether it is through performances or her writing, Massachusetts native 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 upcoming follow-up, 2016’s 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://www.sarahborges.com

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuV3Z9LmVJU

BILLY PRINE BAND (5:30 pm): The younger brother of singer-songwriter legend John Prine and a talent in his own right, Billy Prine started playing in garage bands when he was 13 years old. Born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, he continued playing music all through high school and he began performing locally. According to Billy he, "really started taking it seriously" when he moved to California in 1979 and started a band called Whiplash and the Lawsuits. After playing the northern California circuit for a few years, Billy returned to the Windy City and started a band called Billy and the Bangers in the mid/late 80's. Billy honed his craft playing the clubs in Chicago and even hosted a cable television show called "Rockin' Prine." Billy moved to Nashville in 1993 and worked behind the scenes in the music business until recently when he brought his "bigger-than-life presence" and booming voice back to the stage in Music City. A natural born entertainer, Billy enjoys living and working in Nashville and performs regularly with his band, The Billy Prine Band. https://www.facebook.com/billyprine2/timeline

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2XmgwMzW5w

IN THE TENT:

DONNA THE BUFFALO (10 pm): One of the most dynamic and determined bands continuously touring America for since 1989, Donna the Buffalo has created a community environment at their shows through their distinctive, groove-heavy, and danceable music. Donna the Buffalo is a band for the people that is accessible, positive, and memorable. With roots in old time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric American mix infused with elements of Cajun/zydeco, rock, folk, reggae and country, Donna’s music often contains social and moral responsibility as core beliefs, and they are just simply fun to get out and celebrate life with. http://donnathebuffalo.com

Video: http://donnathebuffalo.com/watch-donna-the-buffalo-videos

PARKER MILLSAP (8:15 pm): Parker Millsap didn’t know not to sing like this. Listening to old albums as a kid alone in his room, he didn’t realize howling like a Delta blues ghost readying the world for rock-and-roll isn’t how a skinny white boy from Purcell, Oklahoma usually sounds. In the midst of a world so fond of condemnation as entertainment, Millsap’s rootsy rock-and-roll poetry offers open-armed love of people and their stories. New album The Very Last Day is the anticipated follow-up to his eponymous 2014 release, which netted him high-profile praise from NPR, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and others, as well as a nomination for Americana Emerging Artist of the Year. Whether the 23-year-old is singing from the perspective of a convenience store robber haunted by his past, or as the King of the Underworld wild with passion, his character-driven songs mine deep wells of joy and despair to create gut-punching narratives that are sometimes hellish, sometimes heavenly, and always human. http://www.parkermillsap.com/bio/

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

DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS (6:30 pm): Hailing from North Lake Tahoe, Calif., Americana band Dead Winter Carpenters has built a reputation for pouring their heart and soul into each performance. In just a few years, they have positioned themselves, wrote Portland Metronome, “at the forefront of a youthful generation trying to redefine what string music is and what it can do.” Reminiscent of genre-benders like Jack White, Chris Thile, and Sam Bush, Dead Winter Carpenters harmoniously blends refined musical ability with a scarcely restrained tendency to let it all hang out. The result is a controlled burn, a riveting sound, and a connection with fans that sells out shows and has the band sharing stages with the likes of Jason Isbell, Greensky Bluegrass, and Hard Working Americans. http://deadwintercarpenters.com

Video: http://deadwintercarpenters.com/video/

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. https://www.facebook.com/CannonballJam/timeline

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

BUNKERTOWN/LONESOME ORGANIST (8:15 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.

The Lonesome Organist began in 1996 as a solo project of Chicago based musician Jeremy Jacobsen. The Lonesome Organist has 3 albums on Thrill Jockey and a fourth “Ashes…Alas” is self-released. Jeremy Jacobsen has recorded with Five Style, Euphone, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Via Tania, Red Red Meat, Man Or Astro Man, Barbez and has composed music for Redmoon Theater as well as The Chicago Complaints Choir.

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

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

JODI & DAVE WALKER (6:45 pm): Guitar/vocal jazz duo. 

JULY 1 (doors open at 4:30 pm)

IN THE TENT:

ERIC LINDELL with ANSON FUNDERBURGH (10:30 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.  http://www.ericlindell.com

Born in 1954, Anson Funderburgh hails from Plano,TX, where as a youngster he picked up guitar. In high school, Anson got bit by the blues bug via Jimmy Reed & Lightning Hopkins. By 1978 he started Anson & The Rockets w/vocalist & harp player Derral Nulish. In 1986 Derral was replaced by Blind Sam Myers who stayed till his death in 2006.  The Rockets went on to win 10 Handy Awards (Blues Music Awards). After Sam's death, Anson took a seven-year hiatus from performing to devote to his new family. Four years ago Funderburgh resumed performing with both the Rockets & the Eric Lindell Band. The latter part of 2012 was the first of many tours of Golden State/Lone Star Review. Anson does the Delbert McClinton Sandy Beaches Cruise every year and has performed w/Boz Scaggs, Snooks Eaglin, Grady Gaines, Earl King & Jimmy Buffett. Anson is also the inspiration for Beavis ( Beavis & Butthead) since former bassist Mike Judge worked as a Rocket for three years.

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

NELSON STREET REVIVAL WITH CATHY RICHARDSON (8:45 pm): The roots-blues-soul supergroup. in addition to Richardson, features Peaches Staten, Anne Harris, Ellen Miller, Tony Dale, Dave Herrero, Marvin Little and Jon Wade. You can expect a high energy, booty shaking, earth rattling, soul moving experience as the band interprets standards, reinvents classic rock and modern pop songs, draws from a deep well of original material and goes off on some sick jams. https://www.facebook.com/nelsonstreetrevival/

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXHHM97Q8MU

THE LEE BOYS (7 pm): The Lee Boys are one of America’s finest African-American sacred steel ensembles. This family group consists of three brothers, Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith Lee (vocals) along with their three nephews, Roosevelt Collier (pedal steel guitar), Alvin Cordy Jr. (7-string bass) and Earl Walker (drums). Each member began making music at the ages of 7 and 8 in the House of God church they attended in Perrine, FL. Here they underwent a rigorous course of training in a variety of musical instruments, including lap and pedal steel guitars. Born and raised in Miami, each of The Lee Boys grew up in the church where their father and grandfather, Rev. Robert E. Lee, was the pastor and a steel player himself. http://www.leeboys.com

Video: http://www.leeboys.com/video-gallery/

MISSISSIPPI MUDPUPPIES (5 pm): The Mississippi Mudpuppies perform a mix of Chicago/New Orleans traditional jazz. Band members are: Don Stiernberg learned to play the mandolin from the innovative and influential virtuoso Jethro Burns. Jethro referred to Don as his "graduate student," hired him to play in his band, and guided him to a career as a professional musician. Tom Bartlett, also a Salty Dog, is best known as a foremost exponent of the barrelhouse trombone style of his mentor, Turk Murphy. 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. Charley Shallcross enjoys playing unusual instruments (tenor horn and tube) and has played in a variety of brass bands and jazz groups in the Chicago area. 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:

BANDITOS (11:15 pm): Originally from Birmingham, AL, Banditos is a group - more like a gang, actually - of six 20-somethings, nowadays operating out of Nashville, close to, and simultaneously very far away from, the gleaming towers and industry hustle of Lower Broad and Music Row. With the rugged power of a flashy Super Chief locomotive, Banditos’s self-titled debut album bodaciously appropriates elements of '60s blues-fused acid rock, ZZ Top's jangly boogie, garage punk scuzz a la Burger Records, the Drive-By Truckers' yawp, the populist choogle of CCR, Slim Harpo's hip shake baby groove, gut bucket Fat Possum hill country mojo and the Georgia Motherf**king Satellites. From backwoods bluegrass, to slinky nods to Muscle Shoals soul and unexpected bits of doo-wop sweetness, the Banditos recall many, but sound like no one but themselves. http://www.banditosband.com/bio/ 

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

WILLIE NILE (9:15 pm): In his three and a half decades as a recording artist, Willie Nile has earned a reputation as both a fiercely committed rock ’n’ roller and a singularly insightful songwriter. It’s Nile’s introspective side that fuels the recently released If I Was A River, a deeply compelling ten-song collection that diverges from his usual sound, while affirming the remarkable melodic and lyrical skills that have long endeared the artist to his passionately loyal fan base. In contrast to the rousing, guitar-based rock ’n’ roll that’s been the focus of the dozen albums that he’s released since 1980, If I Was A River features ten stirring original compositions on which Nile accompanies himself on piano, with sparse arrangements that keep the focus firmly on the songs and Nile's deeply felt performances. “Willie Nile is clearly possessed by the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll…as he unleashes anthems, pop songs and power ballads…and speaks for the unempowered…a twenty-first century Woody Guthrie.”  No Depression http://www.willienile.com 

Video: http://www.willienile.com/video/index/ 

THE WILD REEDS (7:30 pm): The Wild Reeds can be defined by one word: Harmony. However, the music is nearly indefinable. The sound from this LA based band fronted by Kinsey Lee, Mackenzie Howe and Sharon Silva dips in and out of multiple genres - some ethereal folk, a hint of country twang and some rock and roll rhythm (from Nick Jones and Nick Phakpiseth), but it all comes back to the root of this band's power: harmonies that create an instrument in and of itself.  http://thewildreedsmusic.com 

Video: http://thewildreedsmusic.com 

THE ROOSEVELTS (6 pm): “It’s southern raised indie-rock.” Though it’s virtually impossible to classify the thoroughly unique entity that is The Roosevelts, this statement by guitarist Jason Kloess certainly tells part of the story. As one half of the electric duo along with singer James Mason, the two brothers in song – not blood, though maybe beards – have been playing together for years and cultivating a sound that’s a little indie-folk, a little bit alt-country, and little bit pop-rock. Most importantly, it's just heartfelt, genuine music that belongs to them alone, not any genre. It's the New Americana. Kloess and Mason bonded in Austin over a mutual love of the same influences: the songwriting of James Taylor, the lyricism of Ryan Adams, the heartfelt soul of Joe Cocker. Their collection of songs showcases their strengths as a unit with sweetly infectious refrains that could fill living rooms just as easily as stadiums. http://www.wearetheroosevelts.com/music/ 

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

IN THE SIDEBAR: 

DEAD FREDDIE (11:30 pm): Dead Freddie We play songs originally played by Dead Freddie Band (1979-1982), plus new material currently being composed by the new line-up — on drums and backing vocals is Gintas Buinevicius, on bass guitar and backing vocals is Nick Du Bois, on guitar and backing vocals is Leonas Putrius and on lead vocals is Donatas Ramanauskas. 

https://www.facebook.com/DeadFreddieAndFriends/ 

TORY P-LOPEZ & THE BETA MALES (10 pm): Beta Males is the new indie folk project fronted by Chicago artist Tory P-Lopez. Most well known for his work as bassist in The Blisters, Beta Males seats Tory center stage with a full four-piece band supporting him. Despite their relative infancy, the group boasts a mature and compelling repertoire of material. Beta Males recently released their first EP, “Joy,” a four track professional work marked by its use of storytelling and minimalism. Deeply personal and subtly clever, Beta Males sing their blemished inner monologue for the world to hear. https://www.facebook.com/betamalesmusic/

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/timeline 

THE GIVING TRIO (7 pm): The Giving Trio is a Chicago-based jazz group with a style and sound reminiscent of late 50's and 60's cool-jazz and pop music. Think: Bill Evans, Lennie Tristano and Lee Konitz. Spice all of that up with hints of Motown, The Beach Boys and The Beatles  and you'll have yourself a good taste of The Giving Trio’s aesthetic. http://www.givingtrio.com/about 

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

JULY 2 (doors open at 1 pm) 

IN THE TENT: 

WILLIE NILE (10:15 pm): In his three and a half decades as a recording artist, Willie Nile has earned a reputation as both a fiercely committed rock ’n’ roller and a singularly insightful songwriter. It’s Nile’s introspective side that fuels the recently released If I Was A River, a deeply compelling ten-song collection that diverges from his usual sound, while affirming the remarkable melodic and lyrical skills that have long endeared the artist to his passionately loyal fan base. In contrast to the rousing, guitar-based rock ’n’ roll that’s been the focus of the dozen albums that he’s released since 1980, If I Was A River  features ten stirring original compositions on which Nile accompanies himself on piano, with sparse arrangements that keep the focus firmly on the songs and Nile's deeply felt performances. “Willie Nile is clearly possessed by the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll…as he unleashes anthems, pop songs and power ballads…and speaks for the unempowered…a twenty-first century Woody Guthrie.”  No Depression  http://www.willienile.com 

Video: http://www.willienile.com/video/index/ 

THE ZIMMERMEN with ROBBIE FULKS AND JOHN FULLBRIGHT (8:15 pm): A roster of songs from Bob Dylan’s classic songbook. Performed by a group of musicians who know and love his music. The Zimmermen feature two sets of the music of Bob Dylan with Terry White, Pat Brennan, Andon Davis, John Carpender, Klem Hayes. 

ALANNA ROYALE (6:30 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. https://alannaroyale.bandcamp.com 

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

TERRANCE SIMIEN & THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE (4:30 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/videos/ 

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

R&B CADETS (2:30 pm): The R&B Cadets go back a ways and now they are, like all good things, coming round again. Their first gig was in 1980 and during their six-year run, they owned a big chunk of the Midwest. They were a dance band, with all the fun that implies, and also a joy to listen to, with the the very savvy Paul Cebar pulling lesser known tunes from his massive record collection and some sparkling originals, written by John Sieger. Topping it off was the thrilling and soulful soprano of Robin Pluer. In 1986 they released their only record, Top Happy, with one track produced by Nick Lowe. With the solid rhythm section of Mike Sieger on bass and Bobby Schneider drumming, the very able utility man Bob Jennings providing both sax and keys, and his section-mate Juli Wood on tenor, they are ready to get feet massaging dance floors everywhere they go.  

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weg5EXsions 

IN THE CLUB: 

ROBBIE FULKS (11:15 pm): Robbie 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 our’s 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 kid’s 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.  http://www.robbiefulks.com 

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j86LE9hwAK0 

JOHN FULLBRIGHT (9:30 pm): What’s so bad about happy?” John Fullbright sings on the opening track of his new album, ‘Songs.’ It’s a play on the writer’s curse, the notion that new material can only come through heartbreak or depression, that great art is only born from suffering. That plainspoken approach is part of what’s fueled the young Oklahoman’s remarkable rise. It was just two years ago that Fullbright released his debut studio album, ‘From The Ground Up’ to a swarm of critical acclaim. The LA Times called the record “preternaturally self-assured,” while NPR hailed him as one of the 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012, saying “it’s not every day a new artist…earns comparisons to great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman, but Fullbright’s music makes sense in such lofty company.” If there was any doubt that his debut announced the arrival of a songwriting force to be reckoned with, it was put to rest when ‘From The Ground Up’ was nominated for Best Americana Album at the Grammy Awards, which placed Fullbright alongside some of the genre’s most iconic figures, including Bonnie Raitt. 

http://www.johnfullbrightmusic.com/bio/ 

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

JON DEE GRAHAM & THE FIGHTING COCKS (7:45 pm): Jon Dee Graham has always had a special place in our hearts and we in his -- his annual "Run For The Roses" tour grew around his yearly appearance at our American Music Festival. 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. http://www.jondeegraham.com 

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

KEVIN GORDON BAND (6 pm): American Songwriter notes of Kevin Gordon’s fine new 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, truthand humanity hang in the air as he moves on to the next tale.  http://kg.kevingordon.net 

Video: http://kg.kevingordon.net/kevin-gordon-on-video/ 

DYLAN LeBLANC (4:30 pm): Overwhelmed by the speed at which his gift took him from Applebee’s server to “the new Neil Young” in a matter of months, he walked away from an unlikely major label deal after releasing two critically acclaimed albums. He slipped into a blur of booze and self-doubt. Exhausted and damaged at just 23-years-old, Dylan came home to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to write a new life for himself. In between the moments of clarity and a few familiar falls, he also wrote a new album, Cautionary Tale: a collection of shimmering, arresting songs with the same haunting vocals that caught the attention of Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen, now with a sharpened edge honed by hastened maturity. http://www.dylanleblanc.com 

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

BRAD COLE (3 pm): The songs of Brad Cole address the ups and downs of the human condition with both wit and raw insight. His passionate and distinctive delivery of roots-based folk music, woven with the grit and groove of old school bossa and rhythm & blues moves the listener’s soul in a direction that is unexpected, yet perfectly familiar. Brad’s fourth full length record, Lay It Down, was recorded in East Nashville, TN with producer Joe McMahan and a veteran cast of musicians resulting in a project that is perhaps Brad's most soulfully eclectic and cohesive work to date. Currently based in New York City, Cole has been a fixture on the Chicago music scene for years, performing along side artists that make up the fabric of the city’s musical legacy such as Uncle Tupelo and the Smashing Pumpkins. Brad led several Chicago based bands including Treatment, The Second Story and toured with NYC-based The Subscribers.  Along with singer-songwriter Jeff Libman, he is co-founder of the acoustic/soul collective known as Check With Lucy. He was also a longtime member of Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music’s monthly “Songwriters Forum.' 

Video: http://www.bradcolemusic.com/new-page/ 

CHOCTAW WILDFIRE (1:30 pm): In a town brimming with talent, Choctaw Wildfire has quickly become one of Austin's must-see acts. While the band's raw intensity has captured the attention of the hometown faithful, the intimacy and intrinsic beauty of Charlie Pierce's songs lie at the core of Choctaw Wildfire's appeal. There is great power in life's simple truths and Choctaw Wildfire proves this with every performance. 

BAND MEMBERS ARE:

Fronted by pianist and songwriter CHARLIE PIERCE, whose deep riveting voice and dark narrative songs have drawn comparisons to Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits and a piano pedigree that includes study with internationally renowned Chicago legends Chris Foreman of the Deep Blue Organ Trio (a protégé of Jimmy Smith) and Erwin Helfer (who played with Muddy Waters and performed regularly at Preservation Hall), Choctaw Wildfire represents the culmination of a lifetime of Charlie’s dedication to his musical craft. 

JEFFREY BARNES came from a family of musical farmers in northwest Ohio. He had learned the piano, clarinet, harmonica. guitar, flute, and saxophone by his late teens. He studied music theory and composition at UT Austin, but was almost seduced away by the anthropology department. He played with Jimmy Vaughn and the Storm, Marcia Ball, The Cobras, and many others while in Austin (1972 - 1983.) After that he satisfied his ethnomusicological bent by playing world music with Brave Combo for 31 years, during which time he won two Grammys and was (briefly) animated on "The Simpsons." 

Manning the drums for Choctaw Wildfire is LEE POTTER, a 20 year veteran of the Austin music scene and longtime spark plug for acts like Jeff Hughes, Cornell Hurd, and Bracken Hale. He has toured with Rosie Flores and Dale Watson, appeared on "Austin City Limits" (with Watson), and can be found on recordings by the Derailers, Chaparral, Charlie Burton, and the LaSalles among others.  

Born and raised in Brownsville, TX, WILL LANDIN learned to play bass and tuba listening to country, Cajun, soul, blues and rock on an old transistor radio.  Will moved to Austin in 1991, to study music at University of Texas-Austin and immediately began touring tirelessly with some of Austin's premier acts including Joe "King" Carrasco, Jimmy LaFave, Carolyn Wonderland, Gary P. Nunn, Guy Forsyth and Ginger Leigh. He is also a sought-after session musician with countless recording credits to his name. http://www.choctawwildfire.com/home 

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

IN THE SIDEBAR: 

KEVIN GORDON BAND (10:30 pm): American Songwriter notes of Kevin Gordon’s fine new 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, truthand humanity hang in the air as he moves on to the next tale.  http://kg.kevingordon.net 

Video: http://kg.kevingordon.net/kevin-gordon-on-video/ 

GERALD DOWD (9 pm): Gerald Dowd has been described as “the hardest working drummer in Chicago” (Richard Milne, WXRT), playing on over 70 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 EP release, “Kingsize.” 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 bands, raising over $10,000 for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. http://www.geralddowd.com/bio.htm 

Video: http://www.geralddowd.com/a-v.html 

CURTIS McMURTRY (7:30 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. http://www.curtismcmurtrymusic.com 

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

MOONRISE NATION (5:30 pm): The band features singer-songwriters Arden Bee, Eva Bee and Emma McCall. https://www.facebook.com/MoonriseNation/ 

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_bT5-ZdglM 

CHRISTINE MELODY REMEDY (4 pm): Christine Melody is a 22 year old solo artist born and raised in Chicago, IL who is a singer-songwriter and self-taught musician. Her enchanted angel-like vocals, mesmerizing catchy melodies and unique style of guitar playing is a sight to be seen and heard.

JULY 3 (doors open at 1 pm) 

DOS LOBOS featuring CESAR ROSAS AND DAVID HIDALGO of Los Lobos (9:45 pm): The frontmen for one of our favorite bands, Los Lobos, are backed by a rhythm section and special guests. They’ll dive into their own songbooks as well as perform songs by Los Lobos. 

JAMES McMURTRY: (7:30 pm): James McMurtry spins stories with a poet’s pen (“Long Island Sound”) and a painter’s precision (“She Loves Me”). Proof: The acclaimed songwriter’s new Complicated Game. McMurtry’s first collection in six years spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from political toward personal (“These Things I’ve Come to Know,” “You Got to Me”). “The lyrical theme is mostly about relationships,” McMurtry says. “It’s also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman. I never make a conscious decision about what to write about.” Complicated Game delivers McMurtry’s trademark story songs time and again (“Copper Canteen,” “Deaver’s Crossing”), but the record brings a new (and certainly no less energetic) sonic approach. Simply put: McMurtry brings forth another new masterpiece. http://www.jamesmcmurtry.com/index.html 

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ7NbFAPdcc 

TRIBUTOSAURUS becomes JAMES BROWN (5:45 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. 

TORONZO CANNON (3:45 pm): The Chicago Way is the Alligator debut by the electrifying Windy City bluesman, produced by Cannon along with label president Bruce Iglauer. The album, featuring nothing but Cannon originals, is powered by his blistering guitar and soul-baring vocals. His songwriting is inspired by his deep, homegrown Chicago roots, his years observing the public while working as a city bus driver on the West Side, and his own battles and triumphs. From searing blues anthems to swinging shuffles to soulful ballads to roof-raising rockers, the songs tell timeless stories of common experiences in uncommon ways. “I’ve never worked harder on my writing,” Cannon says. “I challenged myself at every step, writing each song to connect with someone in my audience. I try to write songs that will be both up-to-the-minute and timeless.” He writes about shared experiences with a keen eye for detail. “Blues is truth-telling music,” he says, “and I want my audience to relate to my stories." As a singer, his impassioned vocals add muscle and personality to his already potent songs. With The Chicago Way, Cannon knows more and more people will be hearing his message: the future of Chicago blues is in good hands. http://www.toronzocannon.com 

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaAAPiJZbB4 

RICO (2 pm): Rico is defined as a band with a rich sound of diversified musical cultures. A mixture of sophisticated melodic genres and ethnicity coming together is the essence of Rico! This sound can be heard on their CD's entitled "Make Music (2010)" and "Casa De Tambores (2004)". Influenced tremendously by the sound and spirit of Santana, you can say Rico is the modern day Santana. These musicians also do a three-hour tribute show paying homage to their main influence Santana. The band is comfortable in any genre and is right at home putting their spin on covers from Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Kanye West, Hendrix, Santana, etc. Rico creates an immense fiery soulful sound through bass, congas, percussion, drums, timbales, keyboards, guitar, and pure passion. The band will move you physically and mentally with their hypnotic blend of afro-cuban rhythms, or purge deep into your soul with their eminent sense of melody. They are influenced and inspired by all the innovative rock, soul, jazz, afro-cuban, blues, funk, reggae, and hip-hop pioneers. http://ricojams.com 

Video: http://ricojams.com/media/ 

IN THE CLUB: 

RECKLESS KELLY (11:30 pm): Reckless Kelly is known for their explosive live shows and a passion for making albums of substance. The band’s 8th studio album, 2013’s Long Night Moon is the follow-up to 2011’s Grammy nominated Good Luck & True Love, which took home four Lone Star Music Awards, and sent three singles to #1 on Texas Radio. Produced by band members Willy & Cody Braun, along with lead guitarist David Abeyta, Long Night Moon was mixed by Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris), and features additional instrumentation from legendary steel guitar player Lloyd Maines, as well as Bukka Allen (piano, organ) and Jeff Plankenhorn (dobro). When Willy Braun, frontman and principal songwriter for the band began writing songs for Long Night Moon, he quickly found a theme emerging. “About halfway through writing this record, I noticed that almost all of the songs I was writing, whether they were songs about the road, life, or love, had something to do with traveling. It started as an accident and I decided to just go with it. Before we knew it, there was a definite theme.” It’s honest, original and constantly evolving.  http://recklesskelly.com 

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnq3Iyj9psQ 

THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS (9 pm): If you listen to the Cactus Blossoms, you will definitely be reminded of the Everly Brothers. But Minneapolis brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum are much more than a tribute act. The duo's gorgeous harmonies and ageless sound spell out just the beginning for these brothers. http://www.thecactusblossoms.com 

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

CHOCTAW WILDFIRE (7 pm): In a town brimming with talent, Choctaw Wildfire has quickly become one of Austin's must-see acts. While the band's raw intensity has captured the attention of the hometown faithful, the intimacy and intrinsic beauty of Charlie Pierce's songs lie at the core of Choctaw Wildfire's appeal. There is great power in life's simple truths and Choctaw Wildfire proves this with every performance. 

BAND MEMBERS ARE:

Fronted by pianist and songwriter CHARLIE PIERCE, whose deep riveting voice and dark narrative songs have drawn comparisons to Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits and a piano pedigree that includes study with internationally renowned Chicago legends Chris Foreman of the Deep Blue Organ Trio (a protégé of Jimmy Smith) and Erwin Helfer (who played with Muddy Waters and performed regularly at Preservation Hall), Choctaw Wildfire represents the culmination of a lifetime of Charlie’s dedication to his musical craft. 

JEFFREY BARNES came from a family of musical farmers in northwest Ohio. He had learned the piano, clarinet, harmonica. guitar, flute, and saxophone by his late teens. He studied music theory and composition at UT Austin, but was almost seduced away by the anthropology department. He played with Jimmy Vaughn and the Storm, Marcia Ball, The Cobras, and many others while in Austin (1972 - 1983.) After that he satisfied his ethnomusicological bent by playing world music with Brave Combo for 31 years, during which time he won two Grammys and was (briefly) animated on "The Simpsons." 

Manning the drums for Choctaw Wildfire is LEE POTTER, a 20 year veteran of the Austin music scene and longtime spark plug for acts like Jeff Hughes, Cornell Hurd, and Bracken Hale. He has toured with Rosie Flores and Dale Watson, appeared on "Austin City Limits" (with Watson), and can be found on recordings by the Derailers, Chaparral, Charlie Burton, and the LaSalles among others.  

Born and raised in Brownsville, TX, WILL LANDIN learned to play bass and tuba listening to country, Cajun, soul, blues and rock on an old transistor radio.  Will moved to Austin in 1991, to study music at University of Texas-Austin and immediately began touring tirelessly with some of Austin's premier acts including Joe "King" Carrasco, Jimmy LaFave, Carolyn Wonderland, Gary P. Nunn, Guy Forsyth and Ginger Leigh. He is also a sought-after session musician with countless recording credits to his name. http://www.choctawwildfire.com/home 

SAM LEWIS (5 pm): With his compelling songs, stirring melodies, and preternaturally soulful voice, Sam Lewis has quickly established himself as one of Nashville’s most talented new tunesmiths. Waiting On You – his sophomore album via Brash Music and follow-up to 2012’s self-titled debut – reverberates with earnest emotion and restless energy, rich with the intimate lyricism of folk, country’s raw integrity, and a lived-in muscularity born of Lewis’ captivating vocal timbre. Songs like “3/4 Time” and the tender title track are intuitive and organic, the rollicking “Things Will Never Be The Same” groove-powered and irresistible. Produced by The Wood Brothers’ Oliver Wood (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Shemekia Copeland) and featuring a stellar supporting cast of Music City’s finest session musicians, Waiting On You reveals Sam Lewis to be an exceptionally gifted troubadour, forthright, genuine and completely his own. In a recent issue of Rolling Stone, Chris Stapleton says of Sam Lewis: "Sam is a great singer-songwriter. He reminds me of James Taylor's blue-eyed soul, and he has a Townes Van Zandt kind of vibe. I enjoy his writing, his singing, his playing and he's a wonderful spirit." http://samlewistunes.com 

Video: http://samlewistunes.com/video/ 

THE CLAUDETTES (3:15 pm): The White Stripes and Black Keys rock the blues with a guitar attack. Like the Bad Plus, the Claudettes brandish a piano instead. But the Claudettes have created their own fanatical fusion of blues and soul-jazz—like Ray Charles on a punk kick. Imagine an amped-up piano hybrid of Otis Spann, Ray Charles and Mose Allison, joined by a jolly madman drummer and conducted in gonzo fashion by Raymond Scott. File under: post-burlesque? Neo-vaudeville? Cosmic cartoon music? You’ve never seen an instrumental duo like this. Add Claudette’s new hire, singer/dancer Yana (and her array of ’60s French “ye-ye” songs), to the mix and you’ve got a band like no one else on the scene.  http://theclaudettes.com 

Video: http://theclaudettes.com/videos/ 

SALTY DOGS (1:30 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. 

IN THE SIDEBAR: 

EXPO ’76 (11:30 pm): Expo ’76 rocks 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. http://www.expo76.com 

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

THE BELVEDERES (9:45 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. And when presented with such a task, we believe there's nothing quite like the incredible gift of rock & roll music. We also firmly believe that if you're gonna do this, you better do it right and give the audience MORE than what they paid for. 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!  http://thebelvederes.com 

Video: http://thebelvederes.com/home/blog/new-vids 

CHARLIE PARR (8 pm): Many people 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." http://www.charlieparr.com/shows.html 

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

MATT THE ELECTRICIAN (6:30 pm): Despite the name, Matt the Electrician is no longer an electrician, focusing instead on a music career that has spanned the course of two decades, a dozen records, and literally thousands of shows. It’s folk music for a modern age, rooted in lyrics that focus on the realities and challenges of the 21st century as opposed to, say, the old-school thrill of hopping trains. http://www.matttheelectrician.com 

Video: http://www.matttheelectrician.com/downloads/

LONESOME STILL (5 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

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. 

PO BOYS: Cochon De Lait (roast pork) - Andouille Sausage - Mahi Mahi (Creole mustard)

CLASSICS: Bratwust w/sauerkraut - Hot Dog

FROM THE SEA: Shrimp Creole - Chicago Style BBQ Shrimp

BOWLS: Gumbo - Jambalaya - Pasta Salad

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, 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 $140. 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 $5; premium liquors $6-$12 -- wines from $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.  With our festival tents to protect you from the weather, you can leave the sunblock and ponchos at home!