Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Who's On Fourth?

Time again for the annual Broken Hearted Toy sampling of the numerous opportunities for enjoying live music in the Chicago area over 4th Of July weekend. Have fun and celebrate safely.

FitzGerald’s in Berwyn once again offers an eclectic and ambitious buffet of music over the holiday weekend. The club’s 33rd Annual American Music Festival kicks off its four-day run tomorrow with acts like Marcia Ball; Ryan Joseph Anderson; and Joe Pug. Shows in the upcoming days include a tribute to Lowell George; Tributosaurus becomes The Band; a Bloodshot Records 20th Anniversary Celebration featuring Alejandro Escovedo, Bottle Rockets, Robbie Fulks, and Cory Branan; and Shemekia Copeland; Joe Ely with Reckless Eric; Terrance Simien; and EXPO ‘76. See FitzGerald’s online for the full schedule.

In Palatine, The Jaycees Hometown Fest officially begins tomorrow, but the live music doesn’t come until Thursday. The Fest’s big gun this year is singer-guitarist Howie Day, whose 7:30 PM performance on Saturday will likely include his hit singles “She Says” and “Collide.” The final show of this year’s Fest marks the welcome return of Catfight, an all-woman band that got its start at the old Durty Nellie’s around 2002 and went on to become one of the most successful acts on the city’s fest circuit. The lineup changed a few times before Catfight eventually broke up. The recently reunited band includes most of the musicians who have been involved over the years. Veteran alt rockers Well Hungarians play at 9:00 PM on the 4th; Wall Of Denial, a Stevie Ray Vaughn tribute band, plays at 2:15 PM on Saturday; and Serendipity, a promising young band of teen girls who play a wide range of covers, along with their own material, performs at noon on Saturday. The full schedule is available on the Hometown Fest website.

Arlington Heights’ Frontier Days Festival also kicks off tomorrow. The free concert schedule includes power pop/Americana band The Gin Blossoms (Hey Jealousy”) at 8:00 PM Friday and Beatles tribute band American English (Hey Jude”) at 7:30 PM Sunday.

Third World, of Try Jah Love fame, performs in Union Park in Chicago on July 4th, as part of the 22nd African/Caribbean International Festival Of LifeThe Manhattans are also on the bill that day.

Also in Chicago, Windy City Ribfest Uptown, at Lawrence and Broadway, will run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The previously mentioned Catfight is doing two sets on Friday. Cowboy Mouth, the headliner for Saturday night, goes on at 8:30 PM.

Hard-hitting power pop act The Viaducts have a Happy Birthday USA gig coming up on Saturday at 27 Live in Evanston. They’re sharing the bill with Fleeting Suns and Shameless Lee. The music starts at 8:30.

Naperville once again has a massive schedule of acts scheduled for its annual Ribfest, which runs July 3rd through the 6th. The entertainment starts at noon on Thursday and Friday (12:30 on Saturday and Sunday) and runs all day long until the last act goes on at 8:30 PM. Highlights include Heartsfield and BoDeans on July 3rd; Million Dollar Quartet on the 4th; former Supertramp lead vocalist Roger Hodgson on the 5th; and Sonny Landreth, and George Thorogood And The Destroyers on the 6th.


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