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, Fox Crossing String Band

Fri, February 16, 2018

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

Fitzgerald's Nightclub

Berwyn, IL


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 Justin Townes Earle, Citizen Cope, Alejandro

Escovedo, Joe Ely, Sean Hayes, Tab Benoit, Ace Enders, and Leon Bridges.

For more information www.CharleyCrockett.com
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.
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!
Venue Information:
Fitzgerald's Nightclub
6615 Roosevelt Road
Berwyn, IL, 60402