Jul. 06, 2012
Seems like it was just yesterday thatThe Hideout celebrated its 15th Annual Block Party. Remember the sold out show featuring Andrew Bird and Mavis Staples? Yes, that one. Well it’s almost that time again and this year they are back with a partner and a punch!
This year The Hideout and The A.V. Club join forces to bring you the 16th annual Hideout Block Party & A.V. Fest on September 14-15. Two day passes are on sale now. Single day tickets will be on sale later in the summer. A portion of every ticket sold will benefit a variety of Chicago charities: Rock For Kids, Literacy Works, Drummond Elementary School and Oscar Meyer Magnet School. The Hideout Block Party is a laid back mini-music festival – one that is kid-friendly and hey it’s in a big parking lot!
The first round of artists were announced earlier this month.
Since 1996, The Hideout has made its place in Chicago music history. It’s the venue where New Pornographers played their first Chicago show, a Sun Ra tribute was performed by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and where legends ‘Honey Boy’ Edwards and Fred Anderson celebrated their final birthdays.
The Hideout is tucked away in an industrial part of Chi-town. Co-owners Tim and Katie Tuten wanted the venue to remain a local watering hole for nearby factory workers when they ventured into the bar business in the mid-90’s. The building itself holds a lot of history. The front part of the balloon-frame house was built in 1890 and was once called a squatter’s house. The back part of the Hideout was built in the ‘50s. There are even stories of secret phones, a $500 hidden stash, old sheet music, old photographs, and ‘26 Girls’ Drink Tickets – sounds like something out of an Al Capone movie!