This is where I would be this Saturday if I didn’t have to worry about paying for school books and mortgages. Robbie Fulks is playing at the Old Town School of Folk Music this Saturday, September 6th at 8pm. Robbie is an awesome entertainer as I have mentioned here before and a heckuva songwriter as well. The good news is that if you can’t make this show he plays at the Hideout most Mondays for a mere ten bucks! One of the best music deals in the city. But if you wait till then you won’t get to hear his opening act extraordinaire Gerald Dowd! You can usually find Gerald (friend, father, husband, musician and all around good guy) behind the drums playing for someone else (too many to mention) including Mr Fulks. But behold! On this date Gerald will be out in front singing some of his own tunes. This is a double bill well worth checking out. Why will I not be there? Because I just found out and can’t get out of work on such short notice (less than 4 days, thanks Gerald!). But you should go and tell him I sent you. Then buy a copy of his EP as well cause it’s pretty damn good too! Go support an independent artist today!
Hope they play one of my favorite Robbie songs…
Photo by David T. Kindler
It’s Jeff Bogle’s (Out With The Kids) fault. A couple of years ago he convinced me to attend the Grammys as I had access to tickets and he was looking to go. Many fine kindie artists had been nominated that year and so I attended the Grammy Pre Telecast show to which one of my colleagues would win (The Okee Dokee Brothers won, yea!). Then in the middle of the show I was introduced to the music of John Fulbright with a blistering performance of Gawd Above. I became a fan on the spot. This year my photographer friend David Kindler asked if I was interested in attending the American Music Festival at Fitzgeralds in Berwyn. Heck yeah! I had wanted to go for years and knowing John Fulbright was playing sealed the deal. What a great fest indeed. I prefer my concerts without jumbotrons and this one is just the right size. Here are the highlights for me attending on the last day of the festival…
Walked in on the Bellfuries (Austin, Texas) with the sterling vocals of Joe Simeone and the Rock-a-sense-ability of Schecky Seaver, Mike Molnar and Chris Sensat. I could listen to them all day!
The Split Squad – What do you get when you hook up a bunch of career rock and roll guys? FACE MELTING ROCK! I also got some vinyl of the band. Double Win!
COCHOMBO – You take a Cochon de Lait (Roast Pork Po’ Boy) + The best Andouille sausage I’ve ever had = Superior Sammich. The Cajun Combo so to speak. I ate two (one early, one late). Tom “Festival” Cimms and staff do a fine job indeed!
Girls, Guns and Glory with Sarah Borges – Amazing! Best surprise of the festival. Had no idea about either of these acts and was blown away. They have a 7″ Vinyl coming out out on July 20th and highly suggest you check it out!
John Fulbright – opened the show singing Acapella and quieted a full crowd. Amazing talent and songwriting ability. The inspiration for my coming to the festival and it was well deserved
Free Water available all over the festival.
$3.50 Miller Lite bottles
David Kindler – My favorite photographer. Never fails to make an introduction and really enjoys his work. His photos really capture the festival as seen here in this article. I was there because of his invite and will be back again next year.
Joe Ely and Reckless Kelly – Joe is an American treasure and sang a Townes Van Zandt song. You should catch him with Reckless Kelly who were down right smokin’. Magical closing song of the night for me with Not Fade Away.
The Sound Guys – Kept things rolling and sounding good with sooooo many bands.
Many thanks to the Fitzgerald family and staff for an outstanding job. This was my first year attending but definitely not my last. All fests should be run so well. Thank you for an outstanding day.
All Photos by David T. Kindler
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I have posted here before about concerts and gigs I have seen in this city that don’t break the pocketbook and are as good or better than anything your dumping $100 on. The other day I saw Nora O’Connor at the Hideout who’s doing a Tuesday residency and boy can that girl sing! There are 3 more shows this month. For $10 bucks it behooves you to catch one of these shows. Next Tuesday, February 11 at 9pm they are performing the entire 1973 Buckingham/Nicks record. It should be pretty cool. I should also mention that Robbie Fulks is continuing his Monday residency of amazing shows there (at the Hideout) as well and his shows cost… $10. They both come HIGHLY recommended!
Another running gig I have mentioned here before is Brian O’Hern and the Model Citizens. They play every third Monday of the month at the Gallery Cabaret. How you ask do they fit an 11 piece horn section with a full rhythm section and a keyboardist in a rather small bar? Where they pass the hat (pitcher) to collect for the band because there is NO COVER. I leave these questions for others, put 5 dollars in the pitcher (a hat would be cooler), order a bar pizza and try something tasty on tap. It’s great music and one of Chicago’s true gems in the music scene.
Which brings me to tonight. Electric Dirt is playing tonight at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn. You can Usually find them them at Simons in Andersonville the 4th Wednesday of every month. They too pass the hat (pitcher) and be sure to drop at least 5 dollars cause they’re worth it! Tonight you gotta cough up a whole $8! Crazy! If you like the music of Levon Helm and The Band this is a must see. So get out and hear some live music because CD sales ain’t paying the bills these days. Go support you local musician today! I leave you with a song (written by Springsteen) they will be playing tonight sung by the late great Levon Helm himself.
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