93XRT, Miller Lite and FitzGerald’s present the 37thAmerican Music Festival June 29-July 1 & July 3

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May 23, 2018
93XRT, Miller Lite and FitzGerald’s present the 37th American Music Festival June 29-July 1 & July 3
Berwyn, Ill.—Americana and roots music fans will find a full menu of talent at FitzGerald’s 37th Annual American Music Festival brought to you by FitzGerald’s, 93XRT and Miller Lite. The 4-day event (June 29-30, July 1 & 3), the longest running festival of its kind in the Chicago area, features more than 50 acts from Chicago and around the country. (And, yes, we are taking July 2 off.)
You want it, we got it — blues, rock, pop, zydeco, soul, funk, jazz, country and folk. Headliners include Nick Lowe with Lost Straitjackets, James McMurtry, Joe Ely Band, Eric Lindell, Kelly Willis, Marcia Ball Band, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band and Blackfoot Gypsies.
The 2018 line-up is as follows:
JUNE 29 (doors open at 4:30 pm):
IN THE TENT: Salty Dogs (5 pm), Brian Johannesen (6:30 pm), Bob Schneider (8:30 pm), James McMurtry (10:30 pm).
IN THE CLUB: Alice Drinks the Kool Aid (5:30 pm), The Band of Heathens (7 pm), Marcella & Her Lovers (8:30 pm), Sam Lewis (10 pm), Eric Lindell (11:45 pm).
IN THE SIDEBAR: Jenny Bienemann & Friends (6 pm), Brett Newski (8 pm), Curtis McMurtry (9:30 pm), Bitters (11 pm).
JUNE 30 (doors open at 1 pm):
IN THE TENT: Devil in a Woodpile (1:30 pm), Vanessa Davis (3 pm), Ruby Boots (4:45 pm), The Ike Reilly Assassination (6:30 pm), Kelly Willis (8:30 pm), Joe Ely Band (10:15 pm).
IN THE CLUB: Katie Guillen & the Girls (2:30 pm), Michelle Malone (4:15 pm), Sarah Shook & the Disarmers (6 pm), Jon Dee Graham (7:45 pm), Kevin Gordon Band (9:30 pm), Flirting with Time: A Tribute to Tom Petty (11:15 pm).
IN THE SIDEBAR: The Northsiders Barbershop Quartet (4:30 pm), Blue Ribbon Glee Club (6 pm), Wild Skies (7:30 pm), Crooked Love (9 pm), JP Cyr & the Midnightmen (10:30 pm).
JULY 1 (doors open at 1 pm): 
IN THE TENT: Josefina (1:30 pm), Expo ’76 (3:15 pm), Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie (5 pm), Archie Bell (7 pm), C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band (8:30 pm), Marcia Ball Band (10:30 pm).
IN THE CLUB: Al Scorch (2:30 pm), Zephaniah O'Hora (4 pm), Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts (5:30 pm), Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles (7:15 pm), John Moreland (9 pm), Banditos (11 pm).
IN THE SIDEBAR: The Menards (3:15 pm), Kevin A. Prchal (4:30 pm), Ron Lazzeretti (6:30 pm), Bunkertown (7:45 pm), Cannonball (9:30 pm), The Belvederes (11 pm).
JULY 3 (doors open at 4:30 pm:
IN THE TENT: Jaime Wyatt (5 pm), Tributosaurus becomes The Band (6:15 pm), Robbie Fulks, Linda Gail Lewis and Red Volkaert (8:30 pm), Nick Lowe with Los Straitjackets (10:30 pm).
IN THE CLUB: Luke Winslow-King (6 pm), Charlie Parr (7:45 pm), Nikki Hill (9:30 pm), Blackfoot Gypsies (11:15 pm).
IN THE SIDEBAR: Fox Crossing Stringband (6 pm), Dave Herrero (7:15 pm), Dowd/Drew (8:45 pm), The Sunshine Boys (10 pm), The Heavy Sounds (11:30 pm).
What started out more than three decades ago, as a two-day event with a now legendary appearance by Stevie Ray Vaughan has become a multi-day festival featuring a wide array of American roots music. As far as we know, it’s the longest running festival of its kind in the Chicago area.
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.
FitzGerald’s American Music Festival takes place rain or shine on three stages — Club, Tent and SideBar. Hours are 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on June 29, 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. on June 30, 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. on July 1 and 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on July 3.
Advance tickets, $40 (June 29-30), $50 (July 1 & 3), go on sale May 4 at 11 a.m. and are available at TicketWeb and in person at FitzGerald’s. (Each day of fest, $10 discount the first hour we are open.) A 4-day pass, $140, is available at TicketWeb only (lanyard picked up at will call during fest). 
The TicketWeb link is http://www.ticketweb.com/venue/fitzgerald-s-berwyn-il/32814?pl=
Children 12 and under are welcome with parents until 10 p.m. Tickets are $10; no children’s tickets will be sold in advance.  
For more information on FitzGerald’s and the American Music Festival, go to http://www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.
FitzGerald's Nightclub & Sidebar
(708) 788-2118