Robbie Fulks Raps Up 2014 | FitzGerald's | Folk & Country | Chicago Reader
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Robbie Fulks Raps Up 2014 

When: Dec. 26-27, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $20
I’m one among many who lauds Robbie Fulks as a genuine triple threat—brilliant songwriter, guitarist, and singer—but that actually sells him a little short, because he’s also one of Chicago’s best showmen, if not the best. Fulks and his killer band play his songs with precision, soul, and judicious spontaneity, and there are few things more entertaining than watching the singer ad-lib jokes, tell stories, and, on occasions like this one, engage in a special kind of musical comedy. His annual year-end concerts at FitzGerald’s have become epic displays of sharp wit, observational powers, and comic timing. Last year’s included a hilarious adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life featuring a disciple of Satan sent to stop Fulks from killing himself: “If we let [Fulks die], at least 100 people’s lives would be improved in deep, meaningful ways.” The evening’s guaranteed highlight remains the “Rap of the Dead,” an uproarious roll call of the year’s most prominent deaths that includes couplets like “Jonathan Winters, lighting-fast wit / Tom Clancy, writer of shit.” The humor is complemented by a couple of typically great sets of Fulks’s own music and covers that reflect his catholic sensibilities. It’s hard to think of better entertainment value for your dollar, this weekend or any time of year. —Peter Margasak

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