2019's 38th 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.




The 2019 lineup is as follows:

July 3 (doors open at 4:30 pm):

IN THE TENT: Salty Dogs (5 pm), Robbie Fulks and Redd Volkaert (6:30 pm), Sarah Shook & the Disarmers (8:30 pm), JD McPherson (10:30 pm)

IN THE CLUB: Coyote Riot (5:30 pm), Sunny War (7 pm), Chicago Farmer (8:45 pm), The Commonheart (10:15 pm), Waco Brothers (11:45 pm)

IN THE SIDEBAR: Bunkertown (7 pm), Cannonball (8 pm), Joel Paterson Organ Trio (9 pm), Fox Crossing String Band (10 pm), Alewife (11 pm)

July 4 (doors open at 1 pm):

IN THE TENT: South City Revival (1:30 pm), The Shortcuts (3 pm), The Heavy Sounds Stax Revue (4:30 pm), NRBQ (6:30 pm), The Cactus Blossoms (8:30 pm), Tributosaurus becomes Bruce Springsteen (10:15 pm)

IN THE CLUB: Hannah Wicklund & the Steppin’ Stones (2:30 pm), Katy Guillen (4:15 pm), Jon Dee Graham & the Fighting Cocks (6 pm), Kevin Gordon Band (7:45 pm), Nikki Hill (9:30 pm), Blackfoot Gypsies (11:15 pm)

IN THE SIDEBAR: Mike Johnson (3:30pm), Peter Joly Group (4:30 pm), Matt & the Natural Disasters (5:45 pm), Wild Earp (7 pm), Curtis McMurtry (8:15 pm), Sunshine Boys (9:15 pm), Mike & the Moonpies (10:30 pm)

July 5 (doors open at 4:30 pm):

IN THE TENT: Expo ’76 & the Total Pro Horns (5 pm), Brave Combo (6:45 pm), C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band (8:45 pm), Tab Benoit (10:30 pm)

IN THE CLUB: Dead Horses (6 pm), Michael McDermott (7:45 pm), The Suffers (9:30 pm), Zenith Sunn featuring Eric Lindell and Anson Funderburgh (11:30 pm)

IN THE SIDEBAR: Jenny Bienemann & Friends (6:30 pm), The Menards (8 pm), Girls of the Golden West (9 pm), Gerald Dowd Trio (10:15 pm), The Dozen Buzzin’ Cousins (11:30 pm)

July 6 (doors open at 1 pm):

IN THE TENT: Amazing Heeby Jeebies (1:30 pm), Nora Jane Struthers (3 pm), Edward David Anderson (4:45 pm), Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience (6:30 pm), Marcia Ball (8:30 pm), Alejandro Escovedo (10:30 pm)

IN THE CLUB: Working Mother (1:45 pm), Kory Quinn (2:45 pm), Charlie Parr (4:15 pm), Walter Trout (6 pm), The Zimmermen (7:45 pm), Cedric Burnside (9:30 pm), The Iguanas (11:15 pm)

IN THE SIDEBAR: Christine Melody (3:45 pm), Bill Bloomer (5 pm), Jimmy Burns (6 pm), Jarod Bufe Quartet (7 pm), Pie Eyed Pete & the New Dealers(8 pm), Ryan Joseph Anderson (9 pm), Ron Lazzeretti Band (10 pm), The Belvederes (11 pm), Mr. Gac (midnight)




Note: This document is set up in an 8/5 x 14 (Legal) format.

Festival 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 when you pay at the door, $10 discount the first hour we are open.  Please note that admission paid at the door is CASH ONLY. 

The TicketWeb link is http://www.ticketweb.com/venue/fitzgerald-s-berwyn-il/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. PLEASE NOTE THAT IF PASSES ARE SOLD OUT IN ADVANCE THEY WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.


JULY 3 (doors open at 4:30 pm): 


CHICAGO SALTY DOGS (5 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.

ROBBIE FULKS & REDD VOLKAERT (6:30 pm): Robbie Fulks is a gifted guitarist, a soulful singer with an expressive honky-tonk tenor, and a natural performer. But what really sets him apart is his songwriting, which is one part artful country, one part artful sendup of country and one part a little of everything else It's sort of country meets David Lynch." (New York Times) Robbie is performing as a duo with Redd Volkaert, who succeeded Roy Nichols in Merle Haggard's backing band, and is among the country's top Telecaster guitar slingers. Volkaert has won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental. http://www.robbiefulks.com http://www.reddvolkaert.com

SARAH SHOOK & THE DISARMERS (8:30 pm): When Sidelong, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers’ debut album, was released in early 2017, it quickly earned kudos for its blast of fresh, fierce honesty and sly wit. It was a welcome new voice in a genre too often mired in the staid and conventional. And while that record may have come to many as a surprise, Years solidifies the point: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers have moved from getting people’s attention to commanding it. The album–with its sharpened songwriting, unique perspective, deepened sound and roll-up-your-sleeves attitude–will grab you by the collar and put a defiant finger to your chest. It is resolute, blunt, and unflinching. https://www.disarmers.com

JD McPHERSON (10:30 pm): “I was having nightmares every night, thinking, ‘Wow, they’re going to hate this,” says JD McPherson. When he talks about his new album, Undivided Heart & Soul, there’s no glimmer of self-adulation, or even the confidence one might expect of a veteran artist. Instead, there’s a snapshot of McPherson’s creative process bringing the record to life, a journey filled with fear and change, then boldness, and, eventually, catharsis. The best rock music has a story to tell. This record chronicles a series of upheavals, frustrations, roadblocks, and kismet—a cross-country move, failed creative relationships, a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity, and learning to love making music again by letting go. https://www.jdmcpherson.com


COYOTE RIOT (5:30 pm): Coyote Riot is group of friends hailing from the far Southwest side of Chicago playing a style of Americana music with hints of folk, bluegrass, rockabilly and more. What began as hanging out, banging on some guitars and occasionally playing at local pubs back in 2012 has matured into a more developed sound being put on display on bigger stages around the Midwest and has culminated into the band’s first album release of original music in December of 2016 titled “Burnt Along the Way.”Combining the raucous sounds of guitars, tenor banjo, electric bass, peddle steel and fiddle and an array of signature voices, Coyote Riot has developed a knack for putting on a rowdy show bursting with energy. The band can often be found playing out around venues stretching the city, the local bars in and around their Mount Greenwood – Beverly neighborhood and playing outdoor summer festivals or parties for just about any occasion. https://www.facebook.com/coyoteriot/

SUNNY WAR (7 pm): Sunny War (born Sydney Lyndella Ward) is more than just an artist; she is a force of nature that is tough to pin down. What exactly is her style? Is she a blues or punk artist? The answer is yes and no. You can try to place Sunny in a few boxes, but doing so would be a major disservice to the young songstress. Yes, she may be a Robert Johnson with a shot of Bad Brains, but even this description falls short. The only way to really know Sunny is to immerse oneself in the music. Easy enough, right? OK, maybe not that easy. http://www.sunnywar.com
CHICAGO FARMER (8:45 pm): The son of a small town farming community, Cody Diekhoff logged plenty of highway and stage time under the name Chicago Farmer before settling in the city in 2003. Profoundly inspired by fellow midwesterner John Prine, he’s a working-class folk musician to his core. His small town roots, tilled with city streets mentality, are turning heads North and South of I-80. https://www.chicagofarmer.com
THE COMMONHEART (10:15 pm): With gritty vocals over rock riffs and horns, The Commonheart delivers an emotion-packed, soulful sound that lights up any stage. Frontman Clinton Clegg is a powerhouse who commands full attention with his limitless onstage energy and vocal range. The new album “Grown” is a remarkable display of each member’s talent interlacing heavy blues, soul, and gospel influence across trumpet, saxophone, keys, guitar, and singers. The Commonheart’s sound is a true testament to the past while completely holding its own as one of today’s most promising acts. http://www.thecommonheart.com
WACO BROTHERS (11:45 pm): You've heard of the crossroads where Robert Johnson made his deal with the devil? Well, the Wacos race towards the crossroads of punk and country, heedless of speed limits and stop signs.  The collisions spectacular, loud, energizing and sometimes messy. We've seen them a three 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. https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/artist/waco-brothers
BUNKERTOWN (7 pm): Bunkertown is Mark Anderson, Andon Davis, Brian Anderson, Michael Krayniak, Paul Bivans make up Bunkertown which is roots rock and folkish songs about everyday life (i.e.fantasical songs about the mundane) Tunes written Mark Anderson, fueled by hawk-eyed observation. Bunkertown has been a part of the Chicago music scene for over a decade and a FitzGerald’s mainstay. The music is a mutt of folk, rock, blues and ragtime and country. https://www.facebook.com/events/362717837646588/
CANNONBALL (8 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. 
JOEL PATERSON ORGAN TRIO (9 pm): My life is dedicated to playing guitar and exploring the sound and history of the roots music I love, including blues, jazz, country, western swing, and whatever else you want to call it. I live in Chicago, and I’m lucky to be surrounded by some of the finest musicians you will find anywhere. Rather than trying to have one band to brand and market, I enjoy playing in many projects, and putting together different lineups to play a variety of musical styles—to keep things fresh and to have the right sound to fit any occasion. https://www.joelpaterson.com
FOX CROSSING STRING BAND (10 pm): This all-female bluegrass group from Chicago has been winning hearts with their beautiful harmonies, original songwriting, and entertaining stage presence ever since forming in November 2016. Following their debut performance at Winter Roots Festival in February 2017, they’ve gone on to perform at many festivals and events across the Midwest. Traveling east to the John Hartford Memorial Festival, west to Dawn and On Festival in the Quad Cities, north to Door County, and everything in-between. Performing events such as IBMA award-winning Frankfort Bluegrass Festival, Summer Stomp, Shoefest, East Troy Bluegrass Festival, Ladies of Bluegrass Festival, The Illinois State Fair, American Music Festival, and more. They have performed on the WGN Roe Conn Radio show, as well as at venues such as the Source in Manawa, Fitzgerald's in Berwyn, Schubas, Martyrs, and as part of events put on by City Winery and Navy Pier in Chicago. https://www.foxcrossingstringband.com
ALEWIFE (11 pm): Five member combo rocking the roots of surf/sci-fi from around this vast global multicultural milieu. Equatorial. Extraterrestrial. Extemporaneous. Exquisite. https://www.facebook.com/alewifemusic/

JULY 4 (doors open at 1 pm): 


SOUTH CITY REVIVAL (1:30 pm): Playing a mix of covers and originals, South City Revival is a country/roots rock band from the South Side of Chicago. https://www.facebook.com/southcityrev
THE SHORTCUTS (3 pm): The Shortcuts are a new American rock band that takes you down the road less traveled. Fronted by singer/songwriter, Donnie Biggins, The Shortcuts bring Biggins’ honest and heartfelt lyrics to life. Biggins’ solo debut Profiles was released in 2016. Profiles was produced by Ryan Joseph Anderson (guitars, vocals). the album was named "Under The Radar Best of 2016" by Glide Magazine. Blending folk and rock, many have said that Biggins' style is reminiscent of Harry Nilsson in his prime. The Shortcuts are comprised of Donnie Biggins (Guitar, Vocals), Ryan Joseph Anderson (Guitars, Vocals), Brian Morrissey (Guitars, Vocals), Dan Ingenthron (Keys, Vocals), Patrick Dinnen (Bass) and Matt Rezetko (Drums) 
THE HEAVY SOUNDS STAX REVUE (4:30 pm): The blueprint for The Heavy Sounds is simple: Keep the people dancing. Steeped in the tradition of 60's and early 70's instrumental Soul and Funk, The Heavy Sounds have quite literally created a band that can say everything while saying nothing. https://theheavysounds.com
NRBQ (6:30 pm): NRBQ is Terry Adams, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, and John Perrin. “NRBQ” stands for New Rhythm and Blues Quartet. The band’s music, a rollicking blend of everything from stomping rockabilly to Beatles-influenced pop to Thelonious Monk-inspired jazz, has attracted fans as diverse as Elvis Costello, Penn & Teller, R.E.M., SpongeBob SquarePants, Ian McLagan, She & Him, Wilco, Widespread Panic, Nick Lowe, and indie-rock band Whitney. NRBQ songs have inspired cover versions by Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos, Darlene Love, and Dave Edmunds, among many others. In addition, the group served as the unofficial "house band" for The Simpsons for the Season 10-12. NRBQ has released a series of critically-acclaimed albums in recent years, among them Keep This Love Goin’ (2011), Brass Tacks (2014), and last year’s 5-disc, 50-year retrospective, High Noon. Of the brand new Happy Talk EP, the Nashville Scene says, “...ties the pursuit of eternal youth to the idea of timeless rock ‘n’ roll.” As the song says, “You’ve got to have a dream, if you don’t have a dream, how you gonna make a dream come true?” http://www.nrbq.com
THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS (8:30 pm): Blood Harmony. Whether it’s The Beach Boys, Bee Gees or First Aid Kit, that sibling vocal blend is the secret sauce in some of the most spine-tingling moments in popular music. The Cactus Blossoms – Minneapolis-based brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey – offer compelling evidence that this tradition is alive and well, with a deceptively unadorned musical approach that offers “creative turns of phrase, gorgeous harmonies, and an ageless sound” (NPR All Things Considered), not to mention spine tingles aplenty. Their 2016 debut You’re Dreaming, a stunning and transporting collection of original songs, earned high praise from Rolling Stone and Vice Noisey, tour stints with Kacey Musgraves and Lucius, and a perfectly cast performance on the third season of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Now their unlikely rise continues with new album Easy Way, to be released on their own label Walkie Talkie Records. http://www.thecactusblossoms.com
TRIBUTOSAURUS becomes BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (10:15 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.
HANNAH WICKLUND & THE STEPPIN' STONES (2:30 pm): Although Hannah Wicklund’s roaring guitar riffs on her custom Tom Anderson guitar and orange amp set the tone for The Steppin Stones performances, it’s her vocal range and well-beyond-her-years songwriting that have led to the success of their latest release, helping to propel them to a regular mainstay festival act. Hannah’s musical vision stays close to her classic rock roots, but in no way is a classic rock tribute. Their music is a refreshing focus on raw and organic emotions in a time of digitally driven recordings and performances. https://www.hannahwicklund.com/welcome
KATY GUILLEN (4:15 pm) Katy Guillen and The Girls, out of Kansas City, MO, formed in September of 2012. The blues influenced roots rock trio is made up of Katy Guillen (guitar, vocals), Claire Adams (bass, vocals), and Stephanie Williams (drums). The group’s sound is characterized by Guillen’s searing, lively guitar licks; Williams’ heavy, driving drums; and Adams’ rock solid bass lines. Guillen’s soulful vocals backed by Adams’ intense harmonies add a fierce punch to Guillen’s songwriting. KG&G draw influences everywhere from rock and roll contemporaries like Heartless Bastards and the timeless guitar god Jimi Hendrix to sweet songstress Patty Griffin.
JON DEE GRAHAM & THE FIGHTING COCKS (6 pm): Jon Dee Graham is a guitarist and songwriter from Austin, Texas. A former member of the True Believers with Alejandro Escovedo, Graham is the only musician ever to be inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame three times. 
Jon Dee Graham is most well known for his solo work, including the critically acclaimed records "Escape from Monster Island", "Hooray For The Moon", and "Full.” He is also well known for his tenure in The Skunks, Austin's very first punk band, and roots-rock pioneers The True Believers with Alejandro Escovedo. Jon Dee has also played guitar with acts such as John Doe (X, The Knitters), Exene Cervenka (X), Michelle Shocked, Alejandro Escovedo, Kelly Willis, and The Gourds and has had his songs covered by many artists, including Patty Smyth, Patty Griffin and James McMurtry. http://www.jondeegraham.com
KEVIN GORDON BAND (7:45 pm): American Songwriter notes of Kevin Gordon’s album, “Long Gone Time”: "These songs unhurriedly saunter by, taking their time to unfold with storylines woven into the music like a tapestry. They are the audio equivalent of a Terrence Malick movie, luxuriating in vivid details and subtle, vibrant imagery. With ‘Long Gone Time Gordon’ has created tender and meticulous sonic films for the mind, miles away from commercial considerations, yet creating art that lasts lifetimes." Gordon’s voice is made from dust and red clay. His songs are chiseled from the bedrock of life — the honest facts of rambling, needing, loving, soul-searching and experience. “I like the unfinished ending — the story that just continues when the song’s over,” says Gordon. “Life never sums itself up in three-and-a-half minutes, and a good song doesn’t need to do that either. But it should tell a story.”  There is a depth and personality that brings Gordon’s songs of the South into sharp focus, even if their essential questions about the mysteries of faith, truth and humanity hang in the air as he moves on to the next tale. Kevin’s new album comes out in late July. http://kg.kevingordon.net
NIKKI HILL (9:30 pm): Those who have seen Carolina girl Nikki Hill sing her ass off agree—this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene; this is a ‘whiplash’ moment. Where did this fireball come from? Why haven’t I heard of her before? Hill and her band have been touring extensively following the independent 2015 release ‘Heavy Hearts Hard Fists" and debut album ‘Here’s Nikki Hill’, released in 2013. With a no-filter energy, and explosive live show, they deliver a sound that will make you believe in rock ‘n’ roll again! Nikki’s unique voice—with raw rock and soul dynamics mixed with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past—steers the driving guitar and a tight rhythm section to create a breath of fresh air with their fast forward approach to American roots music. http://nikkihillmusic.com
BLACKFOOT GYPSIES (11:15 pm): The Blackfoot Gypsies have unleashed a set of original roadhouse rockin' tunes with To the Top, on Plowboy Records. The Nashville, Tennessee based powerhouse quartet demonstrate raucous energy and soul on this collection delivering their take on white-knuckled rock'n'roll. Across the 15 tracks of To the Top, the Blackfoot Gypsies fuse their influences -- swamp blues cool, downhome hillbilly funk and homegrown punk panache -- into a lean, mean machine invoking such classic musical malcontents as the Rolling Stones, the Faces and Mott the Hoople, while sparking and spitting 21st-century fire. It's the type of record that could only come from a band that learned to rock the old-fashioned way -- one sweaty, full-throttle live performance at a time. http://www.blackfootgypsies.com/bio/
MIKE JOHNSON (3:30 pm): Hailing from Elgin, IL, Mike first came to our attention at the Tuesday open mic and his mix of pathos, cynicism and wordplay quickly made him a crowd favorite.  We might still be Mike's only regular public appearance (he's not one for the limelight) but we couldn't miss a chance to introduce this talented songwriter to a wider audience.   
PETER JOLY GROUP (4:30 pm): Peter Joly is a Buffalo born troubadour-Chicago, IL transplant since'93 (Big Breakfast, For Pilots). Peter's focus is as an Americana singer/songwriter who puts his best foot forward with his terrific 2016 self titled release. https://www.facebook.com/peterjjoly/
MATT WOODS & THE NATURAL DISASTERS (5:45 pm): Matt Woods is an Americana, country and southern roots songwriter from Knoxville, Tennessee who spends a hell of a lot of time on the road, playing his songs for anyone who cares to listen. “Some folks call what I do Americana, but I have a hard time putting a label on things like that. A lot of my songs are very much based in classic country music while others are grounded in straight forward and greasy rock’n’roll,” Woods explains. “I write what is ready to come out and try to be as honest as I can about it.” Woods high energy live performances blend with thoughtful lyrics and unforgettable melodies giving audiences a live music experience to remember.
WILD EARP (7 pm): Wild Earp has been performing old school, new fangled, funky country western rocknrollabilly since 2014. He’s assembled a talented and handsome team of musicians from various musical backgrounds in the Chicago music scene. They tour often all around the country, and can be found every month at the California Clipper. Their debut album showcases 10 original examples of their wild Americana music.
CURTIS McMURTRY (8:15 pm): Curtis McMurtry writes about villains that think they're victims. Influenced by Fiona Apple, Billy Strayhorn and Leonard Cohen, Curtis' music combines piercing lyrics with lush chords and unusual arrangements. His first solo album Respectable Enemy was released in August 2014, and drew comparisons to Calexico and John Fullbright. His sophomore album The Hornet's Nest is was released in February 2017, and continues to garner critical acclaim. Curtis was born and raised in Austin, Texas and grew up listening to local musicians Warren Hood, Ephraim Owens, Seela, and his father, James McMurtry. Curtis studied music composition and ethnomusicology in college, primarily writing contemporary chamber music for banjo and strings. After graduation, Curtis moved to Nashville to sharpen his songwriting by co-writing with elder statesmen including Fred Koller and Guy Clark. He has since moved back to Austin where he performs as a quartet with cellist Diana Burgess (of Mother Falcon), upright bassist Taylor Turner (of Magia Negra) and trumpeter Nathan Calzada. http://www.curtismcmurtrymusic.com
SUNSHINE BOYS (9:15 pm): Sunshine Boys is a three-piece rock band from Chicago, featuring Dag Juhlin/guitar, Jackie Schimmel/bass and Freda Love Smith/drums. Our debut album is called "Blue Music" and it's out now. https://sunshineboys.net/home
MIKE & THE MOONPIES (10:30 pm): When frontman Mike Harmeier sang “they don’t make ’em like they used to” at the start of Mike and the Moonpie’s last studio album (2015’s Mockingbird), it wasn’t the idle complaint of an armchair country music critic: It was a self-imposed challenge, answered by Harmeier and the rest of his band of young but stage-hardened, old-soul honky-tonkers, to do something about it. “The idea was, if I walked into a bar with my dad or grandfather, I wanted the album to sound like the stuff that I would play on a jukebox at that bar,” says the 33-year-old songwriter, who started Mike and the Moonpies not long after moving to Austin from his native Houston a decade ago. “That’s why it had a bunch of different styles on it: there’s a Bob Seger kind of thing on there, some Randy Travis sounding stuff, a George Jones kind of thing … That was all a grand scheme that I had in my head.” https://www.themoonpies.com
JULY 5 (doors open at 4:30 pm): 
Expo '76 & the Total Pro Horns (5 pm): Expo ‘76 & the Total Pro Horns is made up of five Chicago musicians, led by Dag Juhlin and backed by a fantastic horn section. The set is ever growing and adventurous! Expo‘76 is made up of four lifers -- Dag Juhlin, Kenn Goodman, John Carpender and Ralph Baumel (Poi Dog/Phantom Helmsmen/Andre Williams) -- who don’t need to be in another band, but still can’t quite help themselves. Their weakness is your gain, and on any given night you’ll hear them gleefully careening from ‘70s AM radio ear candy into walloping road house beer guzzling dance tunes; they’ll chime their way through a New Wave nugget with the same exuberance that they slap around a swinging, jazzy blues number or a folk revival sing-along. Irrepressible, unstoppable, 100% unironic, and actually quite unbelievable at times, Expo‘76 won’t take your requests, because they’re already playing them. But you can still shout them.
BRAVE COMBO (6:45 pm): Trying to describe Brave Combo’s music requires a pretty extensive vocabulary – at least when it comes to musical styles.  For the past three decades the Denton, Texas, based quintet has perfected a world music mix that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha cha, the blues and more. They are America’s premier dance band and a rollicking, rocking, rhythmic global journey — offering what one critic recently wrote, “Even if you come for the party, you'll leave with something of a musical education.” https://bravecombo.com
C.J. CHENIER & THE RED HOT LOUISIANA BAND (8:45 pm): C.J. Chenier, a Creole born and raised in an indigenous American culture with its distinct language, cuisine and music, delivers a soulful vocal and accordion! Chenier, a GRAMMY® nominated world renowned musician and recording artist, has performed alongside many internationally recognized artists including his GRAMMY® awarded father, Clifton Chenier “The King of Zydeco”, Paul Simon, Joe Sample and Ray Parker, Jr., The Gin Blossoms, and John Mayall. He has appeared on the Jon Stewart Show, CNN and was featured on VH1 and Entertainment Weekly.
TAB BENOIT (10:30 pm): You’ve tried the rest, now try the best! Tab Benoit’s amazing Medicine, 100% pure musical snake-oil. A melodic potion that provides immediate and satisfying relief for all aches and pain. Benoit’s Medicine is a guaranteed cure for heartache. It’s the genuine article this Medicine is for whatever ails you. Medicine, Benoit’s seventh solo release on Telarc International, a division of Concord Music Group, successfully joins two gifted guitarists/songwriters in a session that proves greater than the sum of its very talented parts. Set for April 26, 2011 release, the 11-track recording features seven new Benoit originals co-written with ace songwriter Anders Osborne (his song “Watch the Wind Blow By” was recorded by Tim McGraw in 2002, hitting No. 1 on the country charts for two weeks and selling over three million albums, and Keb’ Mo’s 1999 GRAMMY-winning album Slow Down, featured two songs he had co-written). https://www.tabbenoit.com
DEAD HORSES (6 pm): At fifteen, Dead Horses frontwoman Sarah Vos’ world turned upside down. Raised in a strict, fundamentalist home, Vos lost everything when she and her family were expelled from the rural Wisconsin church where her father had long served as pastor. What happened next is the story of Dead Horses’ stunning new album, "My Mother the Moon," a record full of trauma and triumph, despair and hope, pain and resilience. Blending elements of traditional roots with contemporary indie folk, Dead Horses writes music that is both familiar and unexpected, unflinchingly honest in its portrayal of modern American life, yet optimistic in its unshakable faith in brighter days to come. http://www.deadhorses.net 
MICHAEL McDERMOTT (7:45 pm): “Never Goin’ Down Again” is but one of the standout tracks on McDermott’s 11th studio recording, Out From Under. The poignant album sees him riding the crest of a critical and commercial upswing following the unprecedented success of his previous effort, 2016’s Willow Springs, which reached No. 1 on EuroAmericana charts. But Out From Under is more than a victory lap: brimming with richly autobiographical songs that mix stunning frankness with wicked, idiosyncratic humor, it’s the sound of a clear-eyed, dedicated artist, now a contented husband and father, giving in to his heart’s most urgent commands and trusting his instincts in ways he never thought possible. https://michael-mcdermott.com
THE SUFFERS (9:30 pm): The Suffers are Houston's award-winning 8-piece ensemble that have redefined the sound of Gulf Coast Soul. Established in 2011, The Suffers’ lineup was curated by bassist Adam Castaneda and vocalist/keyboardist Pat Kelly, who brought on trumpet player Jon Durbin, trombonist Michael Razo, guitarist Kevin Bernier, percussionist Jose "Chapy" Luna, and drummer/vocalist Nick Zamora filled out the rhythm section, while frontwoman Kam Franklin topped off the group with soaring vocals. The last 2 years have brought the band to new heights, as they played 300+ shows across North America, visited NPR in Washington, DC for a Tiny Desk Concert, made their national television debut on Late Show With David Letterman, and officially released their much anticipated self-titled album followed by performances on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel Live. http://www.thesuffers.com
ZENITH SUNN featuring ERIC LINDELL & ANDON FUNDERBURGH (11:30 pm): A new collaboration between Anson Funderburgh and Eric Lindell.

Eric Lindell came to national prominence after relocating to New Orleans in 1999. His recording career began in 1996 as a local/regional New Orleans-based artist. He was picked up by Alligator Records in 2006 and recorded three albums for the label and has since issued several CDs on smaller indie labels. Lindell's musical style borrows from 1970s blues-rock, soul and R&B. Lindell's music has been described by USA Today as “pumping soul into funk, blues and roots-rock.” The Chicago Sun-Times called Lindell “a tremendous raw talent…with a fully realized musical vision.” The Los Angeles Daily News stated “Lindell serves up bluesy blue-eyed soul smothered with a big heap of New Orleans funk... The shuffling interplay of electric guitars, percolating organ and Creole horns never fails to make you feel like dancing all the way down Canal Street.” https://www.ericlindell.com/home

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.


JENNY BIENEMANN & FRIENDS (6:30 pm): Jenny's album "Every Soul Grows to the Light" is garnering recognition as a favorite of Folk DJ's nationwide.  This will feature many who played on the album, including her husband Robin Bienemann, and a cast of local and national singers, songwriters and instrumentalists. https://www.jennybienemann.com

THE MENARDS (8 pm): Country, blues and folk rock with Tim Menard's smoky tenor backed by Michael Krayniak on bass, Gabriel Stutz on pedal steel and Cathie Van Wert Menard on fiddle. Tim Menard is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been entertaining audiences throughout America for over four decades. His musical proficiency, introspective songs, smoky tenor voice and variety of bands make him a musician to be reckoned with.  http://timmenard.com/index.html

GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST (9 pm): Girls of the Golden West is Marydee Reynolds and Amalea Tshilds, recreating the music of Marydee's great aunt Millie, who along with her sister Dolly became one of the first successful female country acts in history, recording and touring throughout the US in post depression America. http://www.girlsofthegoldenwest.com

GERALD DOWD TRIO (10:15 pm): For the last 20 years, Chicago-based singer/songwriter/drummer Gerald Dowd has been a sideman for local luminaries such as Robbie Fulks, Justin Roberts, Frisbie and Nora O'Connor. More recently as a solo artist, he has opened for Jeff Tweedy, Ian Hunter and Rhett Miller. Playing alongside Gerald in his trio is bassist Randy Henry (Mabel Mabel, Samba Bamba) and drummer Larry Brown (Zapruder Point). http://www.geralddowd.com

THE DOZEN BUZZIN' COUSINS (11:30 pm): A collective of passionate musicians playing an eclectic mix of covers as well as some Ian Leith originals all over Berwyn and Chicagoland. Ian Leith (guitar/vox), Tammy Value (fiddle/vox), Gary Cleland (bass), Ryan Anderson (geetar), Sean Cassin (drums), Erin Spear (keys/vox) Maggie Dahlberg (trumpet/etc).March Madness continues! https://www.facebook.com/DozenBuzzinCousins/

JULY 6 (doors open at 1 pm): 


AMAZING HEEBY JEEBIES (1:30 pm): Best described as "Dixiefried Garagabilly" drawing on various eras and genres from hillbilly, gritty blues, 60's garage punk, deep from the underworld of moody psychotic rock n roll! https://www.facebook.com/amazingheebyjeebies/

NORA JANE STRUTHERS (3 pm): Great vulnerability is often part and parcel of great artistry. The songs that last decades and weave themselves into the fabric of listeners’ lives are usually the ones in which an artist lays her soul bare for the world to hear. Nora Jane Struthers’ new album Champion is built on these kinds of songs. The 13-song collection is the follow-up to 2015’s Wake, which earned Struthers acclaim from major outlets like NPR Music, Rolling Stone Country, and “Fresh Air.” Struthers wrote and recorded the album with her longtime road band the Party Line, and the chemistry between her and the other players is palpable. The album, produced by Neilson Hubbard in Nashville, is full to the brim with stellar musicianship, unexpected arrangements that blur the lines between folk, roots, and rock, and an audible sense that everyone in the studio is having a damn good time. https://www.norajanestruthers.com

EDWARD DAVID ANDERSON (4:45 pm): Edward David Anderson is an American songwriter and rock & roll veteran who spent his formative years fronting the revered Midwest band, Backyard Tire Fire. Known for infectious melodies and memorable messages he penned eight albums for the band and played countless shows across the US and Canada. Since their hiatus in 2011 EDA has continued to write and tour as a solo artist. His delivery in the live setting is both dynamic and impactful showcasing a natural prowess on banjo, acoustic/cigar box guitars and foot percussion. He defines his sound as Black Dirt Music. "Songs about people and places, about life and love and loss. It's roots music, cultivated in the fertile soil of the Midwest." https://www.edwarddavidanderson.com

TERRANCE SIMIEN & the ZYDECO EXPERIENCE (6:30 pm): For 38 years, two- time 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 bandmates – long time members Danny Williams and Stan Chambers, and horn players, Lance Ellis & Curtis Watson and Oreun Joubert back on drums– Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his band mates have performed over 9000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career. http://www.terrancesimien.com

MARCIA BALL (8:30 pm): With her most recent album, “Shine Bright,” Marcia Ball set out to, in her words, "Make the best Marcia Ball record I could make." In doing so, she has put together the most musically substantial, hopeful and uplifting set of songs of her five-decade career. Produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) and recorded in Texas and Louisiana, “Shine Bright” contains twelve songs (including nine originals), ranging from the title track's rousing appeal for public and private acts of courage to the upbeat call to action of "Pots And Pans," a song inspired by renowned Texas political writer and humorist Molly Ivins. From the humorous advice of "Life Of The Party" to the poignantly optimistic "World Full Of Love," the intensity of Ball's conviction never wavers while, simultaneously, the fun never stops. “Shine Bright” is exactly the album Ball set out to make. "It is a ridiculously hopeful, cheerful record," she says, in light of some of the album's more serious subject matter. The secret, according to Ball "is to set the political songs to a good dance beat." https://www.alligator.com/artists/Marcia-Ball/

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO (10:30 pm):  There are songwriters who sing their songs, and then there are songs who sing their writers. Alejandro Escovedo is one with his muse and his music. Over a lifetime spent traversing the bridge between words and melody, he has ranged over an emotional depth that embraces all forms of genre and presentation, a resolute voice that weathers the emotional terrain of our lives, its celebrations and despairs, landmines and blindsides and upheavals and beckoning distractions, in search for ultimate release and the healing truth of honesty. Sometimes it takes the form of barely contained rage, the rock of punk amid kneeled feedback; sometimes it caresses and soothes, a whispery harmony riding the air of a nightclub room, removed from amplification, within the audience. http://www.alejandroescovedo.com
WORKING MOTHER (1:45 pm): Working Mother is Rachel Swain and Sara Jean Stevens. They’re like your mom in the '70s before she had you. She drove a pickup, rode horses, and was as sweet as a cold beer on a hot & dusty summer day.
KORY QUINN (2:45 pm): Songwriter Kory Quinn, a DIY contemporary hobo intellectual, has a refreshingly homespun take on Americana, a very welcome sigh of relief in today's contemporary market. After spending over 270 self-booked dates on the road, spanning seven countries, on three Continents this past year alone, Quinn still finds time to write and record new material. The just released second full-length album, At The End of the Bar, boils down red-dirt basics in a freewheeling roadhouse stew. Quinn's songwriting is adroit and surefooted, offering sturdily constructed country, folk, and Cajun-tinged songs for his ensemble to really sink their fangs into on this instant jukebox classic. The songs are short and sweet but packed with clever lines, sentimental harmonies and twangy fills. All that makes them the kind of songs that hang around your brain like honky-tonk regulars. Amongst his self penned road-worn material are stories and song that harken back to old-time drinking songs and heart rending country standards. In time, they will be themselves for they are never new and they never get old. https://www.koryquinn.com
CHARLIE PARR (4:15 pm): An easily confused and very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin Minnesota in the 1980's in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth Minnesota. https://www.charlieparr.com
WALTER TROUT (6 pm): Walter Trout is no ordinary artist and "Survivor's Blues" is no ordinary covers album. From the day he conceived the project to the moment he counted off the first song in the studio, he had a bolder plan for this release. Trout shares. “I’m riding in my car sometimes, and I’ve got a blues station on – and here’s another band doing Got My Mojo Workin’. And there’s a little voice in me that says, ‘Does The World need another version of that song?’ So I came up with an idea. I didn’t want to do ‘Stormy Monday’ or ‘Messin’ With The Kid.’ I didn’t want to do the Blues greatest hits. I wanted to do old, obscure songs that have hardly been covered. And that’s how Survivor Blues started…” Over the course of the last several decades, Walter Trout has been a prolific artist. He’s regularly released offerings from the studio, so this moment of offering a covers album is somewhat of a curveball.  His 2017 all-star release, We’re All In This Together, shows no sign of burning out and continues to receive accolades and sales on a global basis, alongside four awards for Blues Rock Album Of The Year. He reflects, ”It’s really overwhelming. How do I follow that up? I’ve always respected guys who went out on a limb, like Neil Young or Bob Dylan. You never know what they’re gonna come out with.” https://www.waltertrout.com
THE ZIMMERMEN (7:45 pm): The Zimmermen is comprised of a group of local musicians who love the music of Bob Dylan. They play classic hits as well as deep cuts. Expect special guests (no not Dylan!).
CEDRIC BURNSIDE (9:30 pm): Take one glance at the iconic tintype photograph which serves as the cover to his new album, Benton County Relic, and you know immediately that Cedric Burnside is the real deal. “When I first saw it, I thought I looked like an outlaw,” he laughs. The 39-year-old still lives on several acres not far from the Holly Springs, Mississippi, home where he was raised by “Big Daddy,” his grandfather, the late singer/songwriter/guitarist R.L. Burnside whom Cedric famously played with, just as his own father, drummer Calvin Jackson, did.  Cedric was literally born to the blues, more specifically, the “rhythmically unorthodox” Hill country variant which emerged from Mississippi, where he grew up surrounded (and influenced) by Junior Kimbrough, Jessie May Hemphill and Otha Turner, as well as delta musicians T-Model Ford and Paul “Wine” Jones. https://www.cedricburnside.net
THE IGUANAS (11:15 pm): Taking their cues from all of the above influences and then some, Juarez, the band's first studio album since 2012’s Sin to Sin, redefines the notion of Americana, crossing cultures, styles, eras...and even languages. It's as if Rue Bourbon, Muscle Shoals and Plaza México were all within earshot of each other and The Iguanas were the musical conduit between them. Based out of New Orleans for the past couple of decades save for a short, Katrina imposed exile in Austin the members of the Iguanas have (collectively or individually) played or recorded with everyone from Charlie Rich, Alex Chilton, and Willie DeVille to Emmylou Harris, Allen Toussaint, and Pretty Lights. Their two decade ride has taken them all over the map musically and geographically, yet the inescapable patina of their hometown infuses every note they play.  Through eight studio albums, countless tours and Jazz Fest appearances, and a flood that did its best to take their adopted city with it, it's a testament to the band's endurance that the same four guys that started playing in the early 1990s are still together. Joe Cabral is philosophical about the band's persistence in the face of challenges that would have felled indeed have felled lesser bands. “First of all, this is all we know how to do; we're musicians. But more than that,” he continues, “we respect the power of the band as an entity, and each individual in the band steps up to play his part. When it's good, that's really what it's all about.”  

CHRISTINE MELODY (3:45 pm): Christine Melody is a solo artist born and raised in Chicago, who is a singer-songwriter and self-taught musician. https://www.facebook.com/cyrismelo/

BILL BLOOMER (5 pm): If you’ve been wondering, “Where are all the good lion-wrestling, Buddhist monk, Americana singer-songwriters?” It’s time you meet Bill Bloomer. The singer, guitarist and songwriter is keeping the troubadour tradition alive, performing on two or three continents a year. He may be playing at a festival in Terlingua one month, and then busking in France on the way to festivals in the United Kingdom and house concerts in Scandinavia.  So what does he sound like? Sinewy guitar lines played on a vintage 1930 “The Gibson,” melodies that stick to your ribs, lyrics that can evoke a laugh or a tear (sometimes in the same song) and a voice like bourbon; strong, bracing and with a sweet tinge of honey in songs telling a story like the whisper of a friend. http://billbloomer.com

JIMMY BURNS (6 pm): Singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Jimmy Burns is a contemporary bluesman who combines his Delta roots with R&B and soul to come up with a sound uniquely his own. Burns is a charismatic performer with an expressive, soulful, voice and a melodic guitar style to match. With a keen sense of his musical heritage Burns has created an upbeat style that has won critical acclaim both at home and abroad. Born near Dublin, Mississippi in 1943, Burns was fascinated by music early on. He loved the sounds coming out of the church, and the blues he heard on the streets. Burns’ sang in church and taught himself how to play guitar while he was still in the Delta. One of his particular favorites was Lightnin’ Hopkins, His oldest brother, renowned Detroit bluesman Eddie Burns, is also a guitarist who played with John Lee Hooker for a number of years before striking out on his own. http://www.jimmyburnsband.com

JAROD BUFE QUARTET (7 pm): The Jarod Bufe Quartet is a project dedicated to exploring free improvisation in the context of tonal composition. The group’s repertoire, written by Bufe, consists of pieces, which range in style from traditional cyclical song forms, to open ended structures intended to serve as a point of departure for harmolodic improvisation. The personnel and instrumentation of the quartet occasionally varies, but consistently features some of the most unique musicians from Chicago’s diverse jazz and improvised music community. As the primary outlet for Bufe’s compositional voice and continually evolving approach to improvisation, the Jarod Bufe Quartet has already developed a distinctive sound since its inception in 2012, with notable performances at such venues as Fitzgerald’s SideBar, the Ratchet Series at the Skylark, and Strobe Studios. https://www.jarodbufe.com

PIE EYED PETE & THE NEW DEALERS (8 pm): It seems like, lately, life is always somehow getting away from us. The work week is longer, the weekends shorter and good old conversations have been replaced by tweets and snapchattery. We wake up early, go to bed late and all we really have to show for it is a stomach full of stress and a face full of eye bags. Maybe it’s time we slow things down a little. Enter Pie Eyed Pete & The New Dealers and a little something they call “Slowgrass.” A self-styled genre of music and a way of life. Listening to their forthcoming new release is like grabbing a beer, heading out to the porch and spending an afternoon strummin’, pickin’, and fiddlin’ away the hours. The nine tunes on their new record "Songs For Sunday" show that life’s like a song: it’s not about how many notes you can cram into it, but actually all about what happens in the space between the notes. http://www.pieeyedpete.com

RYAN JOSEPH ANDERSON (9 pm): Ryan Joseph Anderson’s solo career began in April 2014 with the release of his debut album, The Weaver’s Broom. The album, engineered and co-produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hooray for the Riff Raff), was hailed as one of the best Americana records of the year. Songs from The Weaver’s Broom made "best of" lists for Daytrotter and Songpickr and were featured in Paste and Magnet. American Songwriter said that Anderson "evokes the open-tunings of Nick Drake as well as the barroom howl of Tom Waits." Before going solo, Anderson was known as the bandleader and songwriter for the beloved Chicago roots outfit Go Long Mule, as a guitar slinger for garage-rockers Rambos, and as a producer, sessions man and sideman for numerous artists. His influences range from country blues to psychedelic rock and are on prominent display in his masterful guitar playing and songwriting. Anderson’s sophomore release, City of Vines was released in the summer of 2017 to critical acclaim. He toured extensively in support of the record and has shared the stage with such acts as Robert Earl Keene, Honey Honey, Robbie Fulks, Charlie Parr, and Amy Helm. Ryan Joseph Anderson’s solo career began in April 2014 with the release of his debut album, The Weaver’s Broom. The album, engineered and co-produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hooray for the Riff Raff), was hailed as one of the best Americana records of the year. Songs from The Weaver’s Broom made "best of" lists for Daytrotter and Songpickr and were featured in Paste and Magnet. American Songwriter said that Anderson "evokes the open-tunings of Nick Drake as well as the barroom howl of Tom Waits." Before going solo, Anderson was known as the bandleader and songwriter for the beloved Chicago roots outfit Go Long Mule, as a guitar slinger for garage-rockers Rambos, and as a producer, sessions man and sideman for numerous artists. His influences range from country blues to psychedelic rock and are on prominent display in his masterful guitar playing and songwriting. Anderson’s sophomore release, City of Vines was released in the summer of 2017 to critical acclaim. He toured extensively in support of the record and has shared the stage with such acts as Robert Earl Keene, Honey Honey, Robbie Fulks, Charlie Parr, and Amy Helm. https://ryanjosephanderson.com

RON LAZZERETTI BAND (10 pm): Ron's songwriting walks that fine edge between dark and light, melodic and morose, steadfast and slippery, culminating in his first album "Battle Of The Planets."  He will be joined by friends he's still trying to talk into it that he's played with, written with, drunk with and made victims of his well-known propensity for the Irish goodbye.http://www.ronlazzerettimusic.com/rl/

THE BELVEDERES (11 pm): Raised on a healthy diet of Garage Rock, Power-Pop, Roots, Red-Hot Rockabilly, Honky-Tonk and Soul – John Michael Ford (lead vocals, guitar), Joe Alonzo (drums, vocals) and Tyler Kock (bass guitar, vocals) came together during the early months of 2011 and presented a simple, clear-cut mission statement: Make people feel good. And when presented with such a task, we believe there's nothing quite like Rock & Roll music. We also firmly believe that if you're gonna do this work, you’d better do it right and give the audience MORE than what they paid for. Spring of 2015 saw the addition of Joe Nocchi on guitar, whose song-savvy sensibilities have proven invaluable to the group. 2015 has been a big year for The Belvederes. The late-fall release of their second full length CD, "Beggar's Heart" has already brought in rave reviews. "...as good as any rock n roll/Americana you'll find today" says Rich Wagner, owner of Rediscover Records, one of Chicago-land's most unanimously beloved record outlets. The subsequent CD release show at FitzGerald's in Berwyn caught the attention of WGN's Wendy Snyder, who had great things to say about the band and the set on her midday show, "Bill and Wendy." https://thebelvederes.com/home

MR. GAC (midnight): Mr. Gac is an all-vinyl DJ spinning funk, soul, R&B and upbeat boogie jams.



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 faves.  Yes, he will have the legendary Cochon de Lait Po' Boy and more!

This year's menu:


Cochon de Lait (Roast Pork Sandwich)

Adouille Sausage Po' Boy

Mahi-Mahi Po' Boy

Pasta Salad






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. There is also free parking at St. Mary of Celle Church, 1428 Wesley, Berwyn (located 2 blocks west of club and three block south of Roosevelt on Wesley).

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. Please note that admission at the door is CASH ONLY If you have not bought in advance. 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 $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 $150, while paying separately for each day would add up to $200. 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?  Admission at the door and drink purchases are CASH ONLY. You may use a credit card to purchase FitzGerald’s merchandise.  We provide ATMs near the front door And within the festival tents.

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.


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!