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FitzGerald's American Music Festival 

When: July 1-4 2009
Phone: 708-788-2118
Dedicated to the memory of Chicago’s Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor, the 29th annual American Music Festival runs Wednesday, July 1, through Saturday, July 4, and presents three stages of rock, Americana, folk, country, blues, cajun music, and more at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn (6615 Roosevelt). Doors open at 4:30 PM on Wednesday and Thursday and at noon on Friday and Saturday. Wednesday’s headliners are Joe Ely, backed by his reunited mid-80s band, and the Waco Brothers. Thursday’s highlights include Robbie Fulks—the Reader’s 2009 pick for Best Folk or Country Act—Bill Kirchen, and Beausoleil with Michael Doucet (all under the tent outside), plus Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Marcia Ball (on the club’s main stage). Friday’s lineup features iconoclastic roots rockers the Gourds, blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland, and singer-songwriter Pieta Brown, among others. On Saturday the bookings in the tent include the W.P.A. (an all-star band with Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek), Carrie Rodriguez, and Dave Alvin & the Guilty Women; the club hosts Jon Dee Graham, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, former NRBQ keyboardist Terry Adams with his Crazy Trio (see the List), and more. Throughout the festival Wishbone is selling food, including barbecue and jambalaya, on nearby Clarence Avenue. Admission is $30 per day, $25 during the first hour; kids under 12 are $5 until 10 PM. The only advance tickets available are $100 four-day passes, which can be bought online or at the club through July 1.

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