The Radiators Say Goodbye To Chicago: Stream, Download and Video

With all sorts of incredible reports rolling in from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival over the weekend, we've got to reflect on how lucky we are to have the good folks at Fitzgerald's bringing a little bit of NOLA home to us. This past winter, the final chapter of a small, but significant part of that tradition was written.

The Radiators and Fitzgerald's have the type of relationship that makes a suburban music fan proud.  Just listening to the love coming from the band as they reminisce about times spent with Bill Fitzgerald and the Fitzgerald's family over the years on these recordings conjures up a great deal of fondness for both these veritable institutions.  Both the club and the band share authenticity and integrity that is all too rare.

It is with a heavy heart that we Chicagoans say goodbye to the Radiators.  In these, the final two shows of a three night run last month, the Rads offer a little bit of all the reasons we love them:  jamming through long set lists packed with some of their most memorable original tunes, while nodding to Dylan, The Stones, and Motown greats through the filter of their one-of-a-kind garage band via New Orleans lens.  We'll miss you guys and glad you made a classic suburban place your home-away-from-home in Chicago for all of these years.

Friday Night's Stream (2/4/2011) (click to activate):

Download entire show (zip)

Saturday Night's Stream (2/5/2011) (click to activate):

Download entire show (zip)

A great weekend for all kinds of live music. Elsewhere in the suburbs, The Barn was cooking up a party of it's own on that night. Check out the recap of Mr. Blotto at Brixie's from the very same night. Go see live music... in the suburbs!

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