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FitzGerald’s Nightclub celebrates 33 years of rocking the house

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 1:53 p.m. CDT

BERWYN – Berwyn’s longtime destination venue for music, FitzGerald’s Nightclub, celebrates its 33rd Anniversary (and the holidays) with seven nights of music, including a special Big Tent Show with Tab Benoit starting this week.

FitzGerald’s, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, has a full December lineup of big shows and holiday extravaganzas. The club opened Dec.18, 1980, and will be celebrating three decades of live music with a great lineup of some favorite artists of the club’s owners.

When the tent goes up this week, FitzGerald’s will be transformed into a winter wonderland with holiday decorations (and heat) for the special show on Friday with swamp rock master Tab Benoit.

“Tab [Benoit] has sold out the club so many times that we decided an outdoor tent would give us more room and would also be something special for the holidays,” said owner Bill Fitzgerald, who also books all the entertainment at the club.

On Saturday, the tent also will serve as a grand lobby, with Christmas films and choirs, for the Brave Combo Holiday Show in the club. Food will be available at both Tab Benoit and Brave Combo, as Tom “Festival” Cimms will be manning the grill and serving up Louisiana specialties. Holiday drink specials will also be offered throughout December.

The anniversary shows start with Jon Dee Graham teaming up with Jon Langford tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 11.

The World Famous Pontani Sisters will be kicking up their heels for a Burlesque-a-pades Holiday Spectacular along with Telecaster Master Bill Kirchen’s Holiday Honky-Tonk Show on Thursday. Rob Parton’s Big Band will perform on the club’s actual anniversary on Dec. 18.

To welcome in the New Year and end the anniversary celebration, one of Bill FitzGerald’s favorite people in the world, Marcia Ball, will perform with the Marcia Ball Band. Ball was the first touring act to play at FitzGerald’s in 1981 and has played at least one show, plus the club’s annual American Music Festival, every year since. Ball will be at FitzGerald’s for two nights of Texas stomp and New Orleans boogie-woogie on Jan. 3 and Jan. 4.

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