Val Camilletti

Friends and family of the late Val Camilletti are gathering at FitzGerald’s nightclub, 6615 Roosevelt Rd., from 3 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 16 to celebrate the life of the beloved record-store owner.

Camilletti, owner of Val’s halla Records, 239 Harrison St., died after a two-year battle with breast cancer on July 24

“Myself and three or four of her close friends, after her passing, started talking about having a gathering to celebrate her life,” said longtime friend and former store employee Andy Mead. “The only place that could ever happen is FitzGerald’s – that was her favorite place other than New Orleans.

“We couldn’t find a big enough train to get everyone to New Orleans, so we chose FitzGerald’s.”

The show will feature: Terri Hemmert; the Beatle-leles; Ian Leith; Falling Stars; Sing to Live Choir; Expo 76; The What 4, featuring Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, Phil Angotti and John Perrin. 

The event is hosted by Oak Park resident and longtime customer Steve Parker. Louisiana chow – Val’s favorite – will be provided by Tom Cimms. 

A suggested donation of $10 will be donated to Val’s favorite charities: Make a Wish Foundation; Animal Care League of Oak Park and MusiCares.

Separately, an effort to create an honorary street for Camilletti is moving forward in Oak Park Village Hall. 

Oak Park Trustee Deno Andrews has submitted a motion to designate a portion of Harrison Street “Val Camilletti Way”. The proposal will be introduced at the village board meeting scheduled for Sept. 4.

Lineup additions and updates can be found at FitzGerald’s homepage at

Tim Inklebarger

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