One thing you can say about the suburbs of Chicago, there is no shortage of venues to catch live bands. Having said that however, the recent closing of several area clubs has again proven that the local live music scene, whether it’s original or cover bands, needs your support. If you consider yourself a fan of local live music, it takes much more than simply posting a “Support Live Music” photo on your Facebook wall. Without you going to the clubs, buying drinks, food, band merch etc, the scene won’t survive, it’s as simple as that.
On the other side of the coin, the clubs themselves need to do all they can to promote their own business as well. Simply hiring a band week after week to do the work of keeping you afloat is lazy, unprofessional and business suicide. The same can be said about bands that don’t promote themselves as well. You know the ones that do the work, you see the same bands and venues every week advertising shows, events and drink/food specials online and in print magazines. Once in a while, a club does what it can but still falls between the cracks and gets overlooked. One such club is the Fireside Lounge located inside the Brunswick Zone XL in Romeoville, IL.
Located conveniently right off the I-55 (Stevenson) and Weber Rd. interchange at 735 N Center Blvd, The Fireside is a hot spot of activity, offering some of the best local bands the area has to offer. Whether it is classic rock, blues, acoustic, country, R&B or pop, the Fireside stage is no stranger to high caliber talent
Bands like Platinum, Chasing Amy, Chicks with Picks, Alter Ego, NoJo, Bernie Glim Band, The Last Envy and others have all plied their trade here. In addition to bands and solo performers on Friday nights, the club also features Karaoke on Tuesday evenings.
Upon entering the Fireside, the first thing that you notice is that it’s a beautiful room. Besides the large bar in the center, sizable tables, pool and darts, there is a rather cozy circular fire pit and lounging area. Of course this is in addition to the bowling, games and other activities in the Brunswick Zone itself. One could arrive early for some friendly bowling before heading into the bar, ordering up a round of drinks and some food and relax in the lounge area and listen to the band or dance away the evening in front of the stage.
Drink specials are: Sunday through Thursday, $2.50 domestic bottles, $2.50 PBR pints, $9.00 domestic pitchers, $8.00 PBR pitchers, $3.00 well drinks, $5.00 bombs. Thurs and Fri, $5.50 Tall Sam Adams and Angry Orchard, Fri, $3.00 domestic bottles and $5.00 Absolut.
The Fireside is also available for parties up to 150 people and offers a full catering menu, from appetizers and pizzas up to Chef carved Prime Rib. Suffice to say, the Fireside Lounge is not a bad way to go if you really want to support the local live music scene. To top it all off, there is never a cover charge to get in.
Furthermore, for you first-time vistors, mention this article and get 20% off food and beverages. One discount per party/table. Valid in the Fireside Bar and Grill only, after 9pm Fridays in February. Not valid on alcohol.
Looking ahead for the month of February (and a perfect time to take advantage of the discounted food/beverage deal), the Fireside stage will be featuring some top shelf bands starting up on Feb 7th with the “H Allan Band” tearing up rock classics from the 70’s to the 90’s. Spend an Anti-Valentines Day Party with “Breaking Badd” on Feb 14th; area favorites “Chasing Amy” knocks down the walls Feb 21st with their own brand of kick-ass female fronted rock and on Feb 28th the Aerosmith tribute band “Rock This Way” will be shakin’ the Fireside foundation.
All bands begin at 9pm and remember to mention this article to take advantage of the food/beverage discount of 20% throughout the month of February.
It goes without saying that if you haven’t made it to the Fireside Lounge yet, now is the time to do it!