Some welcome outdoor concert news from the Hideout
Ever since their epic partnership with Touch & Go Records to celebrate that late, lamented Chicago label's legacy a few years back, the fine folks behind the annual Hideout Block Party has been having a harder and harder time with their annual outdoor end-of-summer celebration, competing with the glut of other festivals and street fairs in town, as well as all-around weekend-long music-overdose burnout.
This year, they're down to one day. But what a day it promises to be!
Here's the club's press release, courtesy of Hideout co-owner Tim Tuten, the Chicago music scene's man in Washington.
Andrew Bird, Mavis Staples, to play Hideout’s 15th Block Party
Saturday September 24. One Day Only!
Noon – 10:00PM
Tickets on sale Friday July 22, 2011 at 10:00am
The Hideout will celebrate its 15th Birthday Party with our friends Andrew Bird, Mavis Staples, Jon Langford, and more on Saturday, September 24, the first weekend of autumn. The Hideout Block Party has been called “Perennially the Best Music Festival in Chicago” and has raised over $250,000 for various local charities over the last 15 years.
More artists will be added, but here are the confirmed artists so far:
Andrew Bird http://www.andrewbird.net
This will be Andrew's only full-scale, full-length, full-band concert performance of 2011in Chicago. The set will span his career and will premier some new unreleased material from his album due out in 2012.
Mavis Staples http://www.mavisstaples.com/
2010 Grammy winner, legendary, Mavis Staples will return with her entire band from her 2008 Grammy nominated "Hope at the Hideout" (ANTI). Recorded live at the Hideout! This is the only time this band has, and will perform in Chicago this year. They will also perform songs from her Grammy winning "You Are Not Alone" (ANTI) album, which was produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, who she met at the Hideout, and includes many Hideout folks.
Big Freedia http://bigfreedia.com/
Big Freedia is the undisputed "Queen Diva" of Bounce Music! Bounce Music is an original urban music rising up from the intimate and fun-loving nature of the New Orleans housing projects which dominate the city's street culture.
Jon Langford & the Burlington Welsh Male Choir http://jonlangford.de/ & http://www.burlingtonwelsh.com/
Jon Langford has performed at our Block Party with a different band every year for the last decade (Mekons, Waco Brothers, Skull Orchard...). He will now bring the 40 members of the Welsh Male Choir from Burlington, Ontario Canadato perform songs spanning his career. Expect special guests.
Booker T. Jones http://www.bookert.com/
The Legendary Memphis, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, will perform with his full band, in his last Chicago-area performance of 2011.
The Eternals http://www.myspace.com/eternalsthe
The amazing Damon Locks, Wayne (
F)Montana and friends will deliver an explosive set that will prove again why they are called Chicago's Best Rock Band.
Mark Messing, the leader of Mucca Pazza, and Redmoon Theater collaborator, along with a multitude of musicians, will create original music and performances in collaboration with the performers, including Andrew Bird, that will integrate and connect the day’s performances into one seamless event.
White Mystery http://www.whitemysteryband.com/
Alex White grew up at the Hideout. Along with her brother Francis, they represent all that is great with this world. Bold, Brave, Brash, Beautiful, Brilliant. The people’s superstar!
Kids These Days http://www.facebook.com/kidsthesedaysband
The Kids have been playing at the Hideout since they were CPS sophomores. They spent New Years Day at the Hideout filming their first music video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ObNOZuutqQ&feature=related They just graduated from high school, and are touring all summer. This will be a real homecoming.
For more information check: www.hideoutchicago.com