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1:30PM // FREE // 21+

CHICAGO HONKY TONK continues its popular Sunday matinee series with a Holiday Special show featuring Chicago favorites THE WESTERN ELSTONS!

THE WESTERN ELSTONS are a classic honky tonk and rockabilly band with strong roots in 50’s to 60’s country and western swing.

Holiday Pop Up Shop featuring Dethrose Vintage and more! https://www.etsy.com/shop/dethrosevintage

Free Two Step dance lesson from Jeffrey Cannon, starting at 1:30!

Doors open at 1pm. The first 50 people will receive a FREE Chicago Honky Tonk koozie at the door! RSVP here https://www.facebook.com/events/846686582171313/



FREE // Doors 1 PM // 21+ Nov. 19th

Chicago Honky-Tonk continues its popular Sunday matinee series with Chicago favorites the Lawrence Peters Outfit headlining and opener Barbara Clifford and The Shakin’ Tailfeathers.

FREE DANCE LESSON STARTS AT 1:30PM SHARP!


Lawrence Peter Outfit @ The Hideout

The Lawrence Peters Outfit is a scrappy honky tonk band from Chicago, boasting a mutt pedigree as long as any you’ll find in the city’s country music scene. The group’s sound is deep-rooted in generations of country music tradition, with debts owed to Webb Pierce, Jimmy Martin, Hank Williams Sr., Harlan Howard, Dwight Yoakam and Ola Belle Reed. Lawrence Peters sings and plays snare drum, leading the band through his finely crafted originals, and cherry-picked classics. The Outfit includes Matt Gandurski on lead guitar, Dave Sisson on rhythm guitar, and Josh Piet on upright bass. Their debut album What You Been Missin’ was released nationally on January 17th, 2012, and the Lawrence Peters Songbook was released a month later.


Barbara Clifford & The Shakin’ Tailfeathers @ FitzGerald’s

Born and bred in Chicago, Barbara is a 4ft, 11inch singer performing rockin’ blues, rockabilly, & soul around Chicago with the help of The Shakin Tailfeathers. For the majority of her adult life, she’s been singing all kinds of styles, but her passion has always been Roots-Americana music. Most notable for being 1/2 vocals in THE HONEYBEES, she decided to pursue a solo career. Her first solo album Introducing Barbara Clifford is made up of mostly original songs. It was recorded on Blue Lake Records (Switzerland) with the band The Rhythm Storms. Since then, she’s performed worldwide and stateside.

http://www.barbaraclifford.yolasite.com/

 



FREE // 1:30PM // 21+ Oct. 22nd

Chicago Honky Tonk is back for another round of po-dunkin’ and talley waggin’ this fall. Now with more honk to the tonk!

FREE DANCE LESSONS START AT 1:30PM SHARP!

RYAN KOENIG (Pokey LeFarge, Rum Drum Ramblers) settles in to send you dancin’ to the moon. A skilled multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, RYAN spends much of his time touring with a variety of internationally recognized musical acts. He is a proud native of Saint Louis, MO, but his career as a professional musician has brought him around the globe, puttin’ a spell on amazed crowds everywhere. Too dangerous to stop. Too gone to turn back jack!

THE FAMILY GOLD performs original classic country and hillbilly blues. Recommended for the two-steppers, whiskey drinkers, and all around American music lovers. Their debut EP, Alright Now, will take you on a journey to simpler times where the sun is shining, the well is strong, and the air is free.

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We’re thrilled to have Jack Klatt on board for our Friday the 13th show at Fitzgerald’s Nightclub! We sat down with Jack and made a little video to help you get to know him better. Joining him at the show will be The Corsairs feat. Chris Casello, and Joe Wortell & The Western Stars. Doors open at 7, Louie Stallone’s dance lesson starts at 7:30!

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Watch the full interview with festival organizer Lawrence Peters to learn how it all got started, and more about the man’s love for country music in general.

This was a great summer for honky-tonk—and the best day of all was A Day in the Country.

It had just a little of everything that makes honky-tonking in Chicago great. Lawerence Peters did a bang-up job booking some of the finest bands around so we could hear songs that made us cry into our beer and then dance to forget.

The 10th Day in the Country at the Hideout was probably the best one we’ve ever been to. This time, Lawrence invited the big name, beloved, national act and recording star Jim Lauderdale to join the lineup of our own beloved, local, Chicago honky-tonk bands.

When Jim walked onstage, it was like being in honky-tonk church. He sang his heart out and was as gracious as can be, just him and his guitar. His songs made a magical summer day shine even that much better.

Besides the music, there were a ton of other good things going on that we have Lawrence to thank for. Plates of steaming barbecue, damn good pie, and a reason to get together with some of the finest honky-tonkers in Chicago. We call that time well spent.

Goodbye for now, summer. But you bet we’ll be back for A Day in the Country next year.

 

 

 



This one’s a treat, folks. Join us and the fine folks at Fitzgerald’s for an evening of toe-tapping American music, starring Minnesota’s own Jack Klatt backed by a band of special guests. You also won’t want to miss Chris Casello & The Corsairs’ white-hot rockabilly stylings with a hillbilly twist. Come early for the outlaw sounds of Joe Wortell & The Western Stars — and a free dance lesson with Louie Stallone. Can’t wait to see y’all there.

Doors open at 7 pm. Free dance lesson with Louis Stallone at 8 pm.
Fri, Oct 13 2017, 8:30pm – $10 – Tickets

JACK KLATT: Part balladeer and part bluesman, Jack is a dedicated songwriter and finger-style guitarist based in Minneapolis, MN. His unique sound defies genre with influences that pull from a wide range of American music. From Rhythm and Blues and early Rock N’ Roll, to country and folk music Jack brings his unique voice to all of his songs. In the word of Americana Roots UK “Jack doesn’t rely on other writers for his diversity, he can write in pretty much any musical style of his choosing.”  He’s won recognition from the MN state arts board, recorded alongside “Spider” John Koerner, and made it onto Daytrotter’s list of best songs in 2014. His 2016 release “Shadows in the Sunset” has been praised as “an eminently satisfying, slow rolling, Country/Blues album” by No Depression and made it onto Saving Country Music’s list of 2016 essential albums.

THE CORSAIRS featuring CHRIS CASELLO: We are a burning hot rockabilly band from Chicago. Mixing hillbilly music with rhythm and blues, we create new fangeled music everybody is dancing to. https://www.facebook.com/chriscasellocorsairs/

JOE WORTELL & THE WESTERN STARS: Joe Wortell and the western stars are a Four-piece Classic Outlaw country band from Chicago and Nashville that play clever and inspired arrangements that fuse subtle hints of Blues, Surf, R&B and Pop with the great songs of Hank, Waylon, Merle, Cash and beyond. These along with their fine crafted originals can veer into spirited improvisational jams but never stray too far from the essence of a great song. https://www.facebook.com/joewortandthewesternstars/



 

Come join us for another Sunday matinee with Cropduster & The Amazing Heeby Jeebies! This fine event will be held at The Empty Bottle on Sunday, August 20th from 2pm to 4:15pm. Show up early for a free dance lesson! The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N Western Ave. See you all there!

 



On July 13th, Chicago Honky Tonk presented Joe Wortell, Hodie Snitch and Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders. Thanks again to Martyrs’ for letting us host such a wonderful event at your fine establishment!

Joe and Jeff show us their sweet western fashions.

Joe Wortell and His Band making their first appearance on stage. Killer set fellas!
 Hodie Snitch keeps the crowd dancing with some energetic outlaw country tunes.

Closing out the night was Dan Whitaker & the Shinebenders playing their own brand of country originals.

Thanks dancers and everyone else that came out, we sure had a fun time! See y’all at the next one!



Here’s some photos from FitzGerald’s 36th Annual American Music Festival with The Deslondes, Jack Klatt and a surprise visit from Pat Reedy!

The Deslondes playing some killer tunes from their new record Hurry Home

Jack Klatt played a wonderful solo set in the Sidebar

Jack told us a little about himself and what his inspirations are for the music he writes.

We chatted with The Deslondes’ Sam, John James and Riley about their new album Hurry Home (Interview to come)

Pat Reedy decided to share some stories as well. (Pat on the left)

John James shows us his Pat Reedy tattoo

The DeslondesFacebook  Hurry Home

Jack KlattFacebook

Pat ReedyFacebook



The 10th A Day In The Country was a blast! Here’s some photos we took to document the occasion.

Jess McIntosh’s band played first on the front porch stage

 

Northside Southpaws on the front porch

 

The Lint Trappers were the supergroup on the front porch

 

The Family Gold closed out the front porch stage

 

Becky Levi & Mike Vanier

 

The Hoyle Brothers outside their usual Empty Bottle confines

 

Headliner Jim Lauderdale serenading us solo

 

Lawrence Peters Outfit played their annual set at Day In The Country

 

Rex Hobart & The Misery Boys came from Kansas City for their first Chicago visit in 10 years

 

Dirty Green in the back room

 

Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders closed out the night

 

Thanks to Charles Pearson, Scott Judd, and Jay Em for their photos! See ya’ll next year!

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