The Blacks reunite at Saturday's Bloodshot Beer-B-Q. (photo via bloodshotrecords.com)
Bloodshot Records 15th Anniversary Beer-B-Q
noon Saturday at Hideout; $10
Ok, so there's no Hideout Block Party this year. Done crying yet? Good. Because the popular fest's replacement ain't so shabby: local (and nationally acclaimed) alt-country label Bloodshot Records will celebrate its 15th anniversary with an all-day "Beer-B-Q". The lineup is predictably strong and diverse; along with the more high-profile appearances from Alejandro Escovedo and The Waco Brothers, we're excited for the reunion of The Blacks, whose two albums rank, for us, among Bloodshot's finest releases to date. There will also be food from Honky Tonk Barbecue, an art show, kids' area and more. Sounds like a fest to us.
German Day Festival (aka German-American Festival)
Friday-Sunday at 4700 N. Lincoln (Lincoln Square), free
Dance to the traditional German music with the mix of locals and college kids. When you get tired, try out the food and drink – beer for $5-8 (with refills for $4-7; or free for the ceremonial first keg) and bratwurst and thueringer sandwiches with sauerkraut or potato salad for $5. The festival coincides with the annual Von Steuben parade on Saturday starting at 2 p.m.
Art Gallery Season's Opening Night
Trolleys run 5-9 p.m. through River North and Gold Coast on Friday
Art aficionados have had Friday circled on the calender for months, as popular galleries like Aldo Castillo, Catherine Edelman and Nicole Smith show off the season's new works. If you want to hit as many as possible in one night, take the trolley, sponsored by Art Chicago and Chicago Gallery News.
Battle of the Bands
9 p.m. Friday at Silvie's Lounge, free
Who's got the funniest band in town? Come vote for your favorite at this North Center music joint. Among the competitors: The Band of 1000 Names, The Ronject, Kevin and Lola Balatro. Audience members get to vote for the winner. Hilarity is sure to ensue.
Wake Up & Boogie Down Family Festival
9 a.m.-noon Saturday at LaSalle Power Co., $10-$20
Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago hosts this inaugural fundraiser that's fun for the whole family. See a performance by Little Miss Ann's Band and participate in arts and crafts by Easel Art Studio, maraca making with Musical Magic, magic and balloon fun, kid-friendly food and drinks, and a raffle. All proceeds go to
NPN, a neighborhood organization for parents.