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Concerts

FitzGerald’s in Berwyn to present American Music Festival

Marcia Ball and her band will be part of the 38th annual American Music Festival at FitzGerald's in Berwyn.
Marcia Ball and her band will be part of the 38th annual American Music Festival at FitzGerald's in Berwyn.

BERWYN – Americana and roots music fans will find 60 acts from around the country at FitzGerald’s 38th annual American Music Festival, happening July 3 to 6 in Berwyn, and believed to be the longest-running event of its kind in the Chicago area.

Offered will be blues, rock, pop, zydeco, soul, funk, jazz, country and folk, according to a news release. Headliners include JD McPherson, Tab Benoit, Alejandro Escovedo, The Iguanas, Tributosaurus becomes Bruce Springsteen, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Marcia Ball Band, The Cactus Blossoms, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Nikki Hill, NRBQ, and Blackfoot Gypsies.

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. It takes place rain or shine on three stages – Club, Tent and SideBar. Tom “Festival” Cimms, a former restaurateur, will return with a mix of classic American and New Orleans food favorites.

Advance tickets for $50 per day are available at TicketWeb and in person at FitzGerald’s. Each day of the fest, there’s a $10 discount for paying in cash at the door the first hour of the event. A four-day pass for $150 is available at TicketWeb only. Children age 12 and younger are welcome with parents until 10 p.m.; tickets cost $10, with no children’s tickets sold in advance.

If you go

WHAT: American Music Festival

WHERE: FitzGerald’s, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn

WHEN: 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. July 3; 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. July 4; 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. July 5; and 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. July 6

COST: $50 per day or $150 per pass

INFO: Tickets at www.ticketweb.com/venue/fitzgerald-s-berwyn-il/32814?pl= and details at www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com/Fest2019, 708-788-2118

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