Celebrate our musical roots with FitzGerald’s American Music Festival

American Music Festival

For its 39th time, FitzGerald’s is celebrating our country through its musical roots with its annual American Music Festival this weekend. The four-day concert festival brings together some of the best folk, jazz and Americana from the Chicago and suburban music scenes to play alongside national artists, including headliners Son Volt Friday, Rebirth Brass Bandon Saturday, Alejandro Escovedo Sunday and North Mississippi Allstars closing out the festival Monday. Be sure to keep slots open for the Waco Brothers, Chicago Farmer and the Fieldnotes, Ike Reilly Assassination, Lydia Loveless, Marcia Ball, Robbie Fulks, Joe Pug, Gerald Dowd and many more. Visit fitzgeraldsnightclub.com for complete programming and schedules.

Friday, July 1, 5 p.m. and Saturday noon through Monday, July 2-4, at FitzGerald’s, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $50 per day or $175 for a four-day pass. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

Waco Brothers part two

If you miss Jon Langford and the Waco Brothers at FitzGerald’s Friday Night, you can see the band in all their rambunctious country-punk glory when they play The Venue in Aurora the following night. The Chicago-born, alt-country inspired band will cause a stir with their electrifying and soulful hits.

8:00 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora. $20-$25 (plus $5 at the door the day of the show). (331) 212-8490 or themusicvenue.org.

Charlie otto and his gear perform a stunning electro-rock show at Hey Nonny to kick off the weekend.
– Courtesy of Charlie Otto

Charlie Otto at Hey Nonny

Palatine native Charlie Otto packs his big projection screen to kick off the holiday weekend with a free show at Hey Nonny Friday. Honing his skills as the founder of Chicago favorites DJ noDJ This Must be the Band and Grood, Otto also hits the stage with his solo act charlie otto + his gear, an electro-rock project that mixes his masterful songs with cutting-edge video and stage technology, much of it tied on the fly to what he does with his guitar. Get ready for ear-tickling music and a stunning visual experience.


8:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. Free. (224) 202-0750 or heynonny.com.

Broken Robots release new single "worth your time" this weekend, followed by a show with Girl Named Nino and HLDAY MAGK at the Chop Shop next Thursday.

Broken Robots will release new single “Worth Your Time” this weekend, followed by a concert with Girl Named Nino and HLDAY MAGK at the Chop Shop next Thursday.
– Courtesy of Anthony Friedli

Broken robots at the Chop Shop

Friday, Wood Dale broken robots release their new single “Worth Your Time”, a groove-rich excursion featuring original trio Kat and Tony Baker and Lonnie Phillips, plus new member Anthony Friedli on percussion. Fans can hear the new song live next Thursday when the Robots headline Chicago’s Chop Shop with an alt-soul artist. Girl named Nino (with his full band) and electro-pop from HLDAY MAGK.

8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7 at the Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., Chicago. $19. (773) 537-4440 or chopshopchi.com.

• Brian Shamie is a cross-platform Daily Herald editor and local music junkie. Email him at [email protected], find him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter (@thatshamieguy) or Instagram (@chicagosoundcheck). He also keeps an eye on the Chicago music scene at chicagosoundcheck.com.

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