By ERIC SCHELKOPF
When Chicago singer-songwriter Ron Lazzeretti isn't writing songs, he is making movies or writing and directing commercials.
Suffice to say, Lazzeretti is multi-talented. His latest CD, "Fat Head, Sunday Paper" will be released on Sept. 29.
To celebrate the release of the CD, Lazzeretti will perform a free show at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at FitzGerald's Sidebar, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. To RSVP, go to https://www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com/shows/list/?twpage=1.
I had the chance to talk to Lazzeretti about the upcoming show.
Q – Great talking to you. I know that you will be performing at FitzGerald's Sidebar on Sept. 30 as part of a CD release party for "Fat Head, Sunday Paper." Of course, you have been playing at FitzGerald's for years and currently host a Songwriter Circle there.
What do you like about playing at FitzGerald's? Is it an honor to perform at such an esteemed music venue that has meant so much to so many people over the years?
Q – I understand you share a birthday with Bob Dylan. How much of an influence has he had on you and your music?
Well, the Dylan birthday thing is just something that tickles me because clearly it means nothing, but it is one of those things that sounds like something. But I can’t deny that he has had a tremendous influence on me; me and zillions more like me.
This is a guy who had tremendous influence on the Beatles, so what more do we need to know? I admire him because he has such creative integrity, does what he wants and does it with conviction.
And he’s aged just the way I hoped; kind of a crotchety old bluesman. And he’s funny. He cracks me up.
Anyway, I also share a birthday with David Hasselhoff. And Britney Spears. So I travel with a pretty interesting crowd.
Q – It seems like you are always working on something, whether that is making music, making movies or writing and directing commercials. Do you view each one as providing a different creative outlet?