Always the perfect note to end Chicago's long hot summer of outdoor festivals, the 12th Annual Hideout Block Party takes place this year in the charmingly gritty industrial setting outside the club at 1354 W. Wabansia starting at noon on Sept. 20 &21.
The lineup includes Chicago expatriate singer, songwriter and siren Neko Case; Canadian power-pop supergroup the New Pornographers; Plastic People of the Universe, the legendary drone masters and revolutionaries from the Czech Republic; Vieux Farka Toure from Mali; Sac vs. Scroobius Pip from the U.K.; Monotonix from Israel; Black Mountain; Ratatat; Robbie Fulks; Wee Hairy Beasties; venerated blues man Honey Boy Edwards with Devil in a Woodpile; the Jon Rauhouse Sestet; art-rock hellions Dark Meat; the Uglysuit; hip-hop outsider Tim Fite; Little Cow from Hungary and the promised "more T.B.A."
Tickets are on sale as of today at www.hideoutchicago.com at $45 for a two-day pass. As always, a portion of the proceeds go to local charities. (To date, the festival has raised over $200,000 for worthy local groups.)