FitzGerald’s annual four-day celebration of American roots music is an ideal way to spend a 4th of July weekend. — Greg Kot, Tribune
…a mainstay of Chicago summers and one of the most generous musical feasts of the year. — Mark Guarino, Sun-Times
Every year FitzGerald’s puts on one of the finest festivals of American roots music in the country. — popmatters.com
One of the truly great Chicago musical celebrations…. — Jim DeRogatis/WBEZ
Starting in 1981, FitzGerald’s American Music Festival has grown from a three-band barbeque night to one of the most critically acclaimed summer festivals in the Midwest. The festival’s main focus is roots/Americana music — everything from straight-ahead rock to soul, rockabilly, country, blues, jazz and bluegrass. We welcome bands from all over the country and right here at home, with a special place in our hearts for New Orleans and Texas.
Unlike many of the popular music festivals in the city, the American Music Festival is held on the grounds of the club, with two of the three stages in our club and SideBar and one outdoor stage on tented parking lot. This setup makes for a more intimate, comfortable experience, with access to a full bar, air conditioning and real bathrooms! Our festival tents offer seating and waitress service, and the FitzGerald family is always on hand to help with any special needs which might arise.