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Concert Mon Jun 25 2007

4th of July Kicks Off Early On June 29 At Fitzgerald's "American Music Festival"

(Holmes Brothers)

Fitzgerald's 4th of July weekend long party is a Chicago (Berwyn!?) institution. The lineup is fairly consistent year to year and that's probably because tastes don't change at quite the same pace in roots music as they do in indie rock. Artists are able to age gracefully and actually become more productive, nuanced and successful as they age. American Music Fest mainstays like Marcia Ball, Terrence Simian, and Beausoleil are back once again, but there are also a nice group of newcomers on the lineup including Hayes Carll, Elana James and The Holmes Brothers.

One of the biggest draws this year may well be the southern soul cooking of Wishbone Restaurant ( a new addition to the Fitzgerald's complex and the fest in particular). If the weather cooperates this is a can't miss weekend of music. Festivities begin Friday, June 29 and go though Tuesday, July 3 (closed Monday). Tickets are $25 at the door and kids are welcome (only $5). More info here. Here's an an assortment of mp3's from artists appearing at this years fest.

[mp3]: Hayes Carll - "Wish I Hadn't Stayed So Long"
[mp3]: Hayes Carll - "Little Rock"

[mp3]: Holmes Brothers - "Gasoline Drawers"

[mp3]: Elana James - "24 Hours A Day"

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