The 37th Annual American Music Fest at Fitzgerald’s

When the American Music Fest started in Berwyn, Ronald Regan had just become president and the trickle-down economy was headed for the toilet. But the owners of Fitzgerald’s found cause for celebration in music and threw a party that I’m sure they never thought would become what it is today. Bringing in the best and brightest in folk/Americana music, the festival has grown from a … Continue reading The 37th Annual American Music Fest at Fitzgerald’s

Lillie Mae at Old Town School Of Folk Music 6/7/18

Last night was a bit of a homecoming for Lillie Mae and her bandmates/siblings. Born in Illinois before moving to Nashville, the Rische’s were born to make music and all their aunts and uncles and cousins were in Chicago to hear them play. It gave the show a different kind of vibe, as no one was holding back their hoots and hollers. If they liked … Continue reading Lillie Mae at Old Town School Of Folk Music 6/7/18

The Felice Brothers At Concord Music Hall 1/17/2014

A few nights ago I had the great pleasure of seeing The Felice Brothers for the fourth time. This show was part of the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival, and the bill also brought solid sets from Drew Holcomb and Justin Townes Earle. I’d never been to the brand new Concord Music Hall, and I was quite pleased with the sound system and overall experience. … Continue reading The Felice Brothers At Concord Music Hall 1/17/2014

Get Ready For Dunn Dunn Fest, February 20-22

I wish I had half, hell, five percent of the tenacity and drive that Donnie Biggins has. Under the moniker Harmonica Dunn, he has his hands in about a hundred pies at any one time. I can’t even lift my face out of the one in front of me. He’s managing bands, he’s booking shows, he plays guitar and sings in The Shams Band, and … Continue reading Get Ready For Dunn Dunn Fest, February 20-22

Weekend Picks & Peeks: July 26-28

The weekends in major cities can be overwhelming-so much to do and see with so little time. In order to make your life a little easier, I’ve decided to tell you exactly where to be and when, so the only decision you’ll need to make is whether you need another beer or should you get a funnel cake. There’s a couple different cool fests going … Continue reading Weekend Picks & Peeks: July 26-28