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Concert Wed Jul 20 2011
After a few summers of experimentation, The Hideout Block Party is returning to Wabansia Avenue this September with a nod back to Hideout favorites of years past and a lineup that works best for the popular event — they're keeping it varied, (for the most part) local, and totally awesome.
This year's Block Party leads off with headliners sure to bring in folks from near and far, including violin-strumming whistlesmith Andrew Bird, Mavis Staples who you might have been lately introduced to thanks to a recent collaboration with Jeff Tweedy on her Grammy-award winning album You Are Not Alone and years of work with Wilco's ANTI-Records label (Staples also famously recorded her first Grammy-award nominated album Live: Hope at the Hideout), New Orleans "Bounce Music Queen Diva" Big Freedia brings the bootylicious dance moves up from the Gulf Coast (check the booty below), and Booker T. Jones returns to town after a rousing performance at the Old Town School of Folk Music in June.
Other noted acts (so far) include Jon Langford's Burlington Welsh Choir, the always dancetastic band The Eternals (read our recent review of their new album, Approaching The Energy Field), Chicago punk/psych brother and sister White Mystery who blogged for us a tour diary from SXSW (watch a video below), Opera- Matic, and Kids These Days.
The party runs from noon till 10pm on Saturday, September 24, 2011. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am and will set you back all of $25. [Get in on the WXRT presale right now. (password: hideout15)] The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. and the Block Party will take place just outside, so dress appropriately. Public transit and self-propulsion (i.e. biking) is recommended, as parking will be scarce.