2018's 37th Annual American Music Festival
"Ten 2018 Summer Concerts Greg Kot Thinks You Should See" (We're #4) -- 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!
HERE IS A LIST OF 2018 BANDS (exact times coming soon):
The 2018 lineup features:
Friday, June 29: James McMurtry, Eric Lindell, The Band of Heathens, Bob Schneider, Alice Drinks the Kool Aid, Sam Lewis, Marcella & Her Lovers, Brian Johannesen, The Salty Dogs, Curtis McMurtry, Brett Newski, Jenny Bienemann & Friends, Bitters
Saturday, June 30:Joe Ely Band, Kelly Willis, The Ike Reilly Assassination, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Flirting with Time: A Tribute to Tom Petty, Jon Dee Graham, Ruby Boots, Vanessa Davis, Kevin Gordon Band, Devil in a Woodpile, Katy Guillen & the Girls, Jon Langford, Wild Skies, Northsiders Barbershop Quartet, JP Cyr & the Midnight Men
Sunday, July 1: Marcia Ball Band, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Banditos, John Moreland, Geno Delafose, Archie Bell, Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts, Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles, Expo ’76, Zephaniah Ohora, Josefina, Al Scorch, The Belvederes, Kevin A. Prchal, Ron Lazzeretti, Cannonball, Bunkertown, The Menards
Tuesday, July 3: Nick Lowe with Los Straitjackets, Blackfoot Gypsies, Robbie Fulks with Linda Gail Lewis and Redd Volkaert, Nikki Hill, Tributosaurus becomes The Band, Charlie Parr, Luke Winslow King, Jaime Wyatt, Dave Herrero, Fox Crossing Stringband, Dowd/Drew, The Heavy Sounds, The Sunshine Boys
Grid coming soon.
We are selling advance tickets for each day of the festival.
Advance tickets, $50/day are available at TicketWeb.com and in person at FitzGerald’s. A limited number of 4-day pasess, $150, are available at TicketWeb only (4-day passes can be picked up at will call during fest). Children 12 and under are welcome with parents until 10 p.m. Tickets are $10; no children’s tickets will be sold in advance. Each day of fest, $10 discount when you pat at the door the first hour we are open.
The TicketWeb link is http://www.ticketweb.com/venue/fitzgerald-s-berwyn-il/32814?pl=
PLEASE NOTE THAT ADVANCE TICKETS CAN ONLY BE USED FOR DAY AS PURCHASED AND ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.
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. PLEASE NOTE THAT IF PASSES ARE SOLD OUT IN ADVANCE THEY WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.
Band bios coming soon.
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.
Please note that NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK IS ALLOWED AT THE FESTIVAL.
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!
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).
IS IT STILL THE SAME COVER CHARGE IF I COME LATER IN THE DAY OR IN THE EVENING? Yes.
DO YOU OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS ON TICKETS? Yes. For those who are paying cash at the door, there is a $10 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 $10 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 $140, while paying separately for each day would add up to $180. 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! PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE SELLING A LIMITED NUMBER OF PASSES, AND IF THEY SELL OUT THEY WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.
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, but THE ENTRANCE FEE MUST BE PAID IN CASH if you have not bought an advance ticket. FitzGerald's/Festival merchandise must also be purchased with cash. We provide ATMs 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 $10) 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. IF YOU HAVE A FOUR-DAY PASS YOU STILL NEED A WRISTBAND.
HOW MUCH ARE YOUR DRINKS? Bottled beers run from $3.50-$6 -- draft pints $4-$7; standard liquors $6; premium liquors $6-$12 -- wines from $9/glass.
IS THIS A DRESS-UP PLACE? Not at all. Our atmosphere is casual and comfortable, with music fans from 21 to not telling. With our festival tents to protect you from the weather, you can leave the sunblock and ponchos at home!