FitzGerald's American Music Festival: John Mooney & Bluesiana, Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women, Terry Adams with his Crazy Trio, W.P.A., Over the Rhine, Carrie Rodriguez, Guy Forsyth, Nighthawks, Michelle Malone, and others | FitzGerald's | Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader
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FitzGerald's American Music Festival: John Mooney & Bluesiana, Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women, Terry Adams with his Crazy Trio, W.P.A., Over the Rhine, Carrie Rodriguez, Guy Forsyth, Nighthawks, Michelle Malone, and others 

When: Sat., July 4, 12:30 p.m. 2009
Price: $30 at the door ($25 if you arrive by 1 PM), four-day pass $100, all-ages till 10 PM, kids 12 and under $5
These days, when artists jumble styles like so much bouillabaisse, it’s easy to forget that NRBQ really set the standard for catholicism in rock ’n’ roll. Country, free jazz, hard rock, rockabilly—no band better encapsulated the richness of American music. They called it quits four years ago, but keyboardist Terry Adams has kept on chugging: in 2005 he made a jazz record with Sun Ra saxophonist Marshall Allen, and he’s continued working with his old NRBQ chums, including original guitarist Steve Ferguson, on 2006’s warped roots record Louisville Sluggers (Clang!). He’s in pop mode on the excellent new Holy Tweet (Clang!), a trio effort with longtime ’Q drummer Tom Ardolino and a relative youngster, Chicago jack-of-all-trades Scott Ligon. You can hear plenty of the Beatles, the Beach Boys, twang, and more, but this is no retro trip; the shit is in Adams’s blood. And unlike many a musical polymath, he manages to keep it simple, fun, and raw—never “pro.” Tonight at the FitzGerald’s American Music Festival, he leads his Crazy Trio—rounded out by Ligon and original NRBQ drummer Tom Staley—with guest saxophonist Jim Hoke. —Peter Margasak

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