[NEWS] November 27, 2017 - Annual Holiday Show!
Per tradition, we're excited to announce our annual holiday time show! This year, we're bringing the party to Durty Nellie's on Thursday December 28th, joined by EGi and Great Sky Band.
Shows at this time of year always make for a great chance to reconnect with old friends and fans who are home for the holidays. Hope you can join us!
Don't forget to RSVP as "Going" to the Facebook event to be automatically entered to win free tickets and other prizes!
[NEWS] September 28, 2017 - Fall update
Thanks to everyone that came out to our shows in Dekalb and Chicago last weekend! It was great to get back out there again.
We've got a few more Midwest shows on tap for the fall, including drummer Pete's birthday show at OTP Wasco in St. Charles, a debut at George's Tavern in Racine, and a Black Wednesday Thanksgiving blow-out at Mackey's Hideout.
Stay tuned for more show announcements soon, and don't forget to hop on all the Facebook events to be automatically entered to win free tickets!
Friday October 20: OTP Wasco, St. Charles, IL (Pete's birthday!)
Saturday November 18: George's Tavern, Racine, WI (Venue debut!)
Wednesday November 22: Mackey's Hideout, McHenry, IL (Annual Thanksgiving Show!)
[NEWS] August 7, 2017 - First fall shows announced!
It's hard to believe autumn is right around the corner. We'll be kicking off our fall shows with two hits in our home state of Illinois.
First up is a return to our home-away-from-home, The House Cafe in Dekalb on September 22. This is one of our most-played venues and is always a fun spot to get back to.
Next on the agenda is our debut at Chicago's 2Twenty2 Tavern on September 23. We'll be throwing down a late set after the Umphrey's McGee Northerly Island show for just $5. Come check out this great new downtown venue!
See you out at the shows!
[NEWS] March 1, 2017 - Spring shows, and...Summer Camp!
We've got some fun shows on tap for the Spring, including team-ups with some of our fellow Chicago bands. We hit the road with EGi at the end of March for stops in Davenport IA and Bloomington IL, and later in April, we share the stage with longtime friends Cornmeal at Durty Nellie's in Palatine.
Beyond all that, we are very excited to announce that we'll be back at Summer Camp Music Festival this May for our 14th straight year in a row!
Friday March 31, 2017
Saturday April 1, 2017
Friday April 28, 2017
See you out at the shows!
[NEWS] February 1, 2017 - Happy Belated New Year!
We're hibernating a bit longer than usual at the start of this year, but we are excited to hit the road in a few weeks for shows at The House Cafe in Dekalb IL, and Kenny's Westside Pub in Peoria IL. Stay tuned for more Spring dates coming soon!
Saturday February 25, 2017
See you out at the shows!
[NEWS] November 15, 2016 - Holiday shows!
The end of the year is coming up, and what better time to gather with family, "real" and extended! We're excited to be playing both a Thanksgiving show and December holiday show to close out 2016. Here are the details:
HOMETOWN HOLIDAY SHOW
See you out at the shows!
[NEWS] March 1, 2016 - Spring Update
We eased into 2016 with a couple of great hometown area shows in February, selling out Mackey's Hideout in McHenry and making our debut at a great new spot in the 'burbs called OTP Wasco.
As the weather warms up, so do our shows! We've got a few hot ones throughout the Spring, which culminate in our 13th consecutive Summer Camp Music Festival over Memorial Day Weekend in May. Looking forward to seeing all the Midwest family at the shows along the way!
Saturday March 26 - House Cafe, Dekalb IL (All Ages)
Friday April 29 - Redstone Room, Davenport IA (Ages 19+)
Saturday April 30 - Castle Theatre, Bloomington, IL (All Ages)
May 27-29 - Summer Camp Music Festival, Chillicothe, IL
[NEWS] October 25, 2015 - Fall update
What a great handful of fall shows so far! We closed out festival season with our 5th consecutive Shoe Fest, featuring a full set with the Third Coast Horns and an appearance by resident fiddler Allie Kral. Other show highlights included our whopping 20th show at the House Cafe in Dekalb, which we packed full of special tunes and tributes.
We've got a few choice appearances left for 2015, including a hometown rager at Subterreanean, our annual Thanksgiving visit to the Redstone Room, and a holiday getdown at Durty Nellie's. Hope to see you out at the shows!
Friday November 6, 2015 - Subterreanean,
Saturday November 28, 2015 - Redstone
Room, Davenport, IA
Saturday December 26, 2015 - Durty Nellie's,
More info about each show on the Tour page.
[NEWS] May 7 , 2015 - Summer Camp Music Festival Set Times
In just a few short weeks, we'll be kicking off our summer for the 12th year in a row at Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL over Memorial Day weekend.
You can catch two sets of FGC at the festival:
Thursday May 21 (pre-party) -- 6:30 - 7:30pm Starshine Stage
Saturday May 23 -- 12:00 - 1:00pm Starshine Stage
See you all in a few weeks!
[NEWS] February 10, 2015 - Spring shows
Happy (belated) New Year! We're hibernating a bit this winter, but coming up this Spring, we're excited to hit three of our favorite Midwest spots:
Saturday March 28, 2015 -- Miramar Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
Saturday April 18, 2015 -- House Cafe, Dekalb, IL
Saturday April 25, 2015 -- Redstone Room, Davenport, IA
Looking further into 2015, we couldn't be more thrilled to be back for our 12th consecutive year at Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe IL, May 22-24, 2015! This festival is near and dear to our hearts and has truly come to define "home" and "family" for us. It also happens to be a kick-ass time every single year, and the 2015 lineup so far has us excited already. FGC joins moe., Umphrey's McGee, Steve Miller Band, Widespread Panic, STS9, and many more to be announced soon. Get your tickets NOW!!
[NEWS] December 1, 2014 - New Year's Eve Announced!
We're excited to announce that we're returning to Peoria for the 4th Annual New Year's Eve Hotel Ball! We had a blast ringing in 2013 there, and are excited to be back for another round. Joining the party this year are Art of Ill Fusion, Easy Riders, Afternoon Moon, Daniel Watkins, and more. Grab a discounted hotel room at the Travelodge (formerly the Grand Hotel) and enjoy a full evening of music without having to drive! Not to mention, this event is open to ALL AGES! More info and tickets available at the Facebook event.
Make sure you hop on the Facebook event to be automatically entered to win FREE TICKETS to the show and other prizes.
[NEWS] November 11, 2014 - FGC Holiday Shows!
As the winter ascends upon us, we're excited to heat up the end of 2014 with two very special holiday shows!
For Thanksgiving, we return to the Redstone Room in Davenport, IA for our second annual Black Friday show on November 28. As a gesture of giving thanks to 7 fun years of Redstone Room shows past, this performance will include a very special "Best of FGC at the Redstone Room" set. We'll look back on our 7 years of shows, milestones and themes, and pick our favorite moments to recap for you.
And in December, we're bringing it home to Chicago for a holiday getdown at Subterranean on Friday December 26. This show is open to ages 17+, and we've got some special surprises in store for the hometown family.
Don't forget to hop on the Facebook events to be automatically entered to win FREE TICKETS to each show and other prizes.
Stay warm, folks, and see you out at the shows!
[NEWS] July 8, 2014 - Midsummer Update
We kicked off our summer the way we have for the past decade -- at Summer Camp Music Festival over Memorial Day weekend! Highlights from our 11th year included a set at the Thursday preparty with the Third Coast Horns, an impromptu jam between Victor Wooten and our bassist Janis, and backstage hangtime with some of our favorite artists (photos below!).
Our summer fun continues this weekend with stops at two of the Midwest's best beer joints: Mackey's Hideout in McHenry, IL and the famous Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo. At the end of the month, we bring back the Third Coast Horns for a set at Merchant Street Music Festival in Kankakee IL on July 25 (which is a free show, btw!). And of course, we cap off the summer with Shoe Fest at the end of August.
Stay cool and see you at the shows!
[NEWS] March 17, 2014 - Come On Spring!
It's been a bear of a winter, and it seems
as though we've got a little further to go, but as far as FGC is concerned,
March and April = spring touring. The band had a blast last week at Durty
Nellies in Palatine - many thanks to all of you who came out! Next up
are shows in two of the band's favorite venues. First, FGC will be back
at Martyrs' on March 28, followed by a trip up to Milwaukee
for a performance at the Miramar
Theatre on March 29. Early April will see the band make stops
in Peoria and Iowa City, and we'll be wrapping up April at the
Redstone Room in Davenport on April 26. Stay tuned for more dates,
and of course we all cannot wait for Memorial Day Weekend and another
killer summer kick-off at Summer Camp! See you all at the shows!
[NEWS] November 12, 2013 - Thanksgiving shows!
We've had a fun fall run thus far, kicking off at Shoe Fest in September, followed by shows at some of our favorite spots (Dekalb, we love you!), and wrapping up with our Medeski Martin & Wood Brothers Halloween shows. At the end of this month, we're excited to bring you not one, but TWO, special Thanksgiving shows.
On Black Wednesday (11/27), we rally up the hometown crew for a show at the brand new 27 Live in Evanston IL, with good friends Old Shoe and EGi. This is an 18+ show!
On Black Friday (11/29), we hit our home-away-from-home, the Redstone Room in Davenport, IA to work off all that Thanksgiving turkey.
Be sure to RSVP to the Facebook events to be automatically entered to win FREE TICKETS and other prizes!
[NEWS] June 20, 2013 - Summer's Here!
Well, it took a little time, but the 94 degree weather we're expecting at the Irish District Music and Arts Festival in Iowa this weekend tells us summer is finally here.
Notwithstanding the slow start to summer temps, the band had a blast last month at Summer Camp! Although campers were harassed by cold nights and torrential rain for most of the weekend, both of FGC's sets were treated to sunshine and warm weather. Once again, the big highlight was the Thursday night pre-party set, which was as high-energy as ever!
Sit-ins were again in full effect this year, with Janis taking the prize for busiest FGC member. Janis held down the low end for Allie Kral and Friends' late night set, for Victor Wooten's VIP set, for Jaik Willis's late night set, and for Joe Marcinek's Sunday afternoon set.
Jordan also joined Victor Wooten on keys for a VIP Tent set that included takes on The Chicken, Chameleon, and several freely improvised jams.
And the sit-ins went both ways. In keeping with what has become something of a tradition, Allie Kral from Cornmeal joined the band again Thursday night for FGC's pre-party set. This year Allie and the band treated the crowd to a fiddle-charged rendition of FGC's One Eye Dreaming. Roosevelt Collier, who also sat in with Janis and Jordan in Victor Wooten's VIP set, also joined FGC on lap steel guitar for a take on Melvin Seals' Movin' and Groovin' at the band's Friday afternoon set.
Another incredible (if a bit wet and chilly) Summer Camp in the books...we already can't wait for Summer Camp 2014!
Looking forward, the band is happy to report that festival season is well underway. This weekend FGC will be making headlining appearances at the Browntown Festival in Michigan City, IN, and the Irish District Music and Arts Festival in Cedar Rapids, IA. And July will see the band headlining the Nippersink Festival in McHenry, IL, returning to Camp Euforia in Lone Tree, IA for a special late night set, and then joining good friends Mr. Blotto at their Blottopia Festival in Elgin, IL.
Everyone in FGC world is very excited to finally be kicking summer into gear. More summer dates will be announced shortly, and, believe it or not, it won't be long before we have some announcements for Fall Tour as well, so stay tuned to the website and official facebook page for all the latest.
Have a great start to the summer! See you all out at the shows!
[NEWS] January 27, 2013 - Gearing Up For Winter Touring!
Happy New Year to you all, we hope you all had a great New Year's Eve. The band had a blast ringing in the new year in Peoria at the Grand Hotel Ballroom - big thanks to all of you who came out and helped make it such an unforgettable night!
Everyone in the FGC family has been enjoying a few weeks' worth of much needed rest, but cabin fever is definitely starting to set in, and the band can't wait to get back out and hit the road. First up will be a hometown headlining appearance at Winter Peace Fest at the Portage Theater on Saturday, February 16. Then the band will be off to Northern Illinois University for a very special two-night run at the House Café in Dekalb February 22-23. As a special thank you to all the great folks that have supported the band at the House over the years, the first set each night will be comprised solely of fan requests - send us yours here!
Looking ahead into March, FGC is eagerly awaiting returns to Stevens Point, Springfield, Milwaukee and Madison.
2013 touring will soon be underway! Look for more dates to be announced shortly, and we'll see you all at the shows!