JC Brooks Band, Charley Crockett, Blackfoot Gypsies

Dunn Dunn Fest 2018 Welcomes...

JC Brooks Band

Charley Crockett

Blackfoot Gypsies

The Heavy Sounds, Wild Earp, Cole DeGenova, The Bama Lamas, Bonzo Squad, Fox Crossing String Band, Gar Clemens, Scientific Map

Fri, February 16, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

Fitzgerald's Nightclub

Berwyn, IL

$20.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

JC Brooks Band
JC Brooks Band
JC Brooks makes soul-infused, genre-bending music that is energetic and kinetically charged. “It all started out as an effort to merge post-punk and soul, but it’s grown into so much more than that,” says vocalist/lyricist/bandleader JC Brooks. “I feel like we carry that ethos with the genre-mixing blend of soul music we write, and the punk aspect is more about our DIY determination to get out there onstage and engage with our live crowds on a visceral level. And it’s easy to see why, as it’s the perfect soundtrack for driving all through the night to the other side to have that special night out on the town to enjoy the full-bore sonic assault of the JC Brooks experience.
Charley Crockett
Charley Crockett
Growing up with a single mother in San Benito, Texas, the hometown of Tejano star Freddy Fender was not easy for blues singer Charley Crockett. Hitchhiking across the country exposed Crockett to the street life at a young age, following in the footsteps of his relative, American folk hero Davy Crockett, who also lived a wild life on the American frontier. After train hopping across the country, singing on the streets for change in New Orleans’ French Quarter, busking in New York City and performing across Texas and Northern California, Crockett set off to travel the world and lived on the streets of Paris for nearly a year before searching for home in Spain, Morocco, and Northern Africa.

The blues artist returned home to Texas and released his debut solo album titled A Stolen Jewel in 2015, receiving critical acclaim in Dallas and ultimately landing him a Dallas Observer Music Award that year for “Best Blues Act”. A record “rich with Southern flavor, a musical gumbo of Delta blues, honky-tonk, gospel and Cajun jazz,” Jewel proved that Crockett, born into poverty in the Rio Grande, had come home to make his musical mark on the South. Crockett, who is self-described as elusive, rebellious and self-taught, has been compared to legends like Bill Withers, Merle Haggard, and Gary Clark Jr.

He released his sophomore record In The Night, an admirable nod to his Texas country and Louisiana blues roots, on June 4 and ended 2016 having played over 125 shows. “In the Night” and Crockett’s song “I Am Not Afraid” received international recognition from top tastemakers after being picked by NPR Music as one of the “Top 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing” and selected by David Dye to be featured on World Cafe in late July. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram called it “an impressive calling card, full of Crockett’s plaintive soulfulness and swinging tempos” and Central Track noted the artist as having “the well-rounded songwriting capabilities of Van Morrison and a vocal approach that finds common ground between Bill Withers and early Dr. John.” Crockett graced the cover of Buddy Magazine in May 2016, who called him “the archetype of the new American vagabond.”

He has shared the stage with artists like Turnpike Troubadours, Leon Bridges, Justin Townes Earle, Citizen Cope, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely, Sean Hayes, Tab Benoit, Ace Enders and others.
Blackfoot Gypsies
Blackfoot Gypsies
Nashville’s Blackfoot Gypsies are a rock ’n’ roll band—straight up, no modifiers necessary. With four years, four releases, and countless miles under their belt as a two-piece guitar & drums powerhouse, Zack Murphy and Matthew Paige have recently added fellow brethren Dylan Whitlow (bass) and Ollie Dogg (harmonica), bolstering their passionate, careening, undeniably American sound. Seeing the band live is like watching someone cling to a firehose at full blast or dig their heels in atop a thrashing mechanical bull… holding on for dear life, slowly guiding and reacting to forces at the brink of their control, somehow coming up aces in the end.

Blackfoot Gypsies have shared bills with everyone from the Alabama Shakes and Trampled by Turtles to Futurebirds, The Ettes and The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Their second full-length LP, Handle It (coming fall 2014), is the band’s debut as a full-throttle four piece. Drawing inspiration from the downhome roots of the Delta blues and the foreboding ghosts of country music’s past, Murphy, Paige & Co. go to the same well as Zeppelin, the Stones & The Faces, coming up with bucketful of angsty rock 'n' roll that’ll jolt your flatlined heart back into perfect rhythm.

Rock and roll is alive. The Blackfoot Gypsies are proof.
The Heavy Sounds
The Heavy Sounds
Playing the instrumental hits and deep cuts of Booker T. and the MG's, Grant Green, Jimmy Smith, The Meters, and many others.
Wild Earp
Wild Earp
Wild Earp takes you on a road trip across Americana, taking his time along those country roads and learning some bad habits in the city. His songs are of a man who’s spent too much time alone in the forest, the prairie, the mountains, the desert, and the barroom. With a respectful nod to the old masters and a defiant scoff at the purists, Earp croons his country tunes, and mixes those pensive trail songs with jumping rockabilly, spirited bluegrass, rowdy rock, and sometimes ventures into the dark corners of folk. His lyrics thread traditional tales of heartache, sinful living, and celebration seamlessly with social commentary and absurdism. There’s wit, wisdom, woe, and a wild streak that keeps you guessing.

He’s backed by The Free for Alls, a talented and fun-loving cast of characters who give life and depth to the music. Their hootin’ and hollerin’ enthusiasm is matched by their good taste and broad talents, and they leave nothing off of the table. They ain't too hard on the eyes, neither!
Cole DeGenova
Cole DeGenova
Musician, poet, and songwriter Cole DeGenova has spent most of his life crafting his eclectic artistic voice. Born in Chicago and growing up in a family of musicians and artists, DeGenova began playing piano at age four and spent his childhood studying classical piano, the jazz and blues of his hometown, and the pop music of The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and D’Angelo. By age 15 he was playing professionally in jazz and blues clubs on Chicago’s South Side. His prodigious talents led him to study at Berklee College of Music in 2005 where he trained further with jazz piano great Danilo Perez. After forming his funky alternative soul group Cole DeGenova & The Peoples Republic with fellow Berklee students, they released their first album JUST PEOPLE AGAIN in 2009. Three years later, and after thousands of miles of road covered, his second album, ANOTHER COUNTRY, is here this summer 2012; an inspired culmination of lessons learned on the road, soulful melodies, and the infectious grooves of his band. A troubadour in the truest sense, Cole DeGenova has performed alongside or opened for the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Tower of Power, Saul Williams, Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, Meshell N’degeocello, Snarky Puppy, Paula Cole, J Davey, and rapper the GZA.
The Bama Lamas
The Bama Lamas
Now I know what you're thinkin'... rock n roll is dead.

Well, The Bama Lamas aren't going to sit around and wait to be placed in a nice tidy bucket - we play rock n roll - pure and simple. The kind of raunch you can feel deep down in your soul. Our love for scratchy R&B, Soul, and Rock N Roll 45's brought us together - became our blueprint for saving your sorry souls. The records that make you want to jump out of your skin and hit the dance floor happy just to be alive!

Yeah, we still believe in the power of rock n roll and want to shove it down your throat one gut bustin' howl at a time.
Bonzo Squad
Bonzo Squad
Comfort in Chaos. Bonzo Squad is a collaborative ensemble that crosses the the boundaries of genre with the virtuosic abilities of its members. The music is not only meant to feel good, but allow audiences to lose themselves. In 2014, Corbin Andrick asked Andrew Lawrence to join him Andrew Vogt, and Zack Marks at Lilly's for the weekly house band set, thus the Bonzo Squad was born. With Vogt's overwhelming positivity, Marks's back pocket, Lawrence's musical honesty, and Andrick's good vibe leadership, the Squad puts the smile on the face.
Fox Crossing String Band
Fox Crossing String Band
Since forming in November of 2016, this all female bluegrass group from Chicago has been winning hearts with their beautiful harmonies, entertaining stage presence, and original songwriting. After their debut performance at Winter Roots Festival 2017, they were invited to the Frankfort Bluegrass Festival with and are excited to be a part of Summer Stomp, Shoe Fest, and the CU Folk Festival. These Foxes are on the run and coming to a town near you!
Gar Clemens
Gar Clemens
Garret's songs sneak up on you. Have you ever read a news story about some poor guy walking along a set of railroad tracks; using those tracks to map where he is, where he's going, where he's been? Then the next thing anyone knows, he's been run down and he's gone; lost up in the guts of the gears and the valves. And you think to yourself, how did he not hear it coming? How did such a mighty & powerful presence manage to get the best of him? Well, That's how it happens. Mr. Clemens' songs will sneak up on you in just such a way. You will end up in the underbelly of the engine before you even hear the whistle.
Scientific Map
Scientific Map
Bassist Will Baggett, pianist Dave Holloway, guitarist Matt Hudson, and drummer Anthony Reid update their always ambitious quartet, Scientific Map, with a new disc titled Nothing for Granted, 8 new songs recorded over the first 6 months of 2017. This is their first release since 2011 and represents a return to their soul-jazz and funk roots. Hailing from Chicago’s Southside, this group continues to show fluency in the traditions of jazz while simultaneously making their mark on what the future of this music is to be.
Venue Information:
Fitzgerald's Nightclub
6615 Roosevelt Road
Berwyn, IL, 60402
http://www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com/