We will also highlight band members and collaborators of Neko Case through out the festival. Kelly Hogan, Neko’s singing partner, and Tom Ray will open Saturday with their kid friendly band, Wee Hairy Beasties, followed by Neko collaborators and tour mates Giant Sand from Tucson AZ, who will celebrate this summer’s release of their new album.
On Sunday, Jon Rauhouse, Neko’s banjo and pedal steel player, will perform with his Jon Rauhouse Sestet. This will be followed by Tom Ray, Neko’s bass player, and his band Devil in a Woodpile, who will perform with recent Grammy winner Honey Boy Edwards, the oldest living original delta bluesman.
Saturday morning will begin precisely at 12 Noon with Plastic Crimewave’s Vision Celestial Guitarkestra, creating a circle of over 100 musicians, and assorted characters, creating a dramatic harmonious drone.
Other Saturday performers will represent four continents of the world. From Europe we will have The KatJon Band, featuring Kat Ex from Amsterdam and Welsh ex-pat Jon Langford. Next up Hungary’s amazing Little Cow, U.K. rappers Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip, legendary Plastic People of the Universe from Czech Republic, the incendiary (literally) Monotonix from Israel, who will perform amongst the audience, followed by Vieux Farka Touré from Mali. Just for some psychedelic fun, we will throw in Canada’s Black Mountain. Meanwhile Drag City’s Neil Hamburger will host his Drunken Spelling Bee inside the bar.
Sunday will celebrate weird, raucous psychedelic pop with Oklahoma’s The Uglysuit, Georgia’s Dark Meat and NYC’s Tim Fite. Of course there will be a parade by Chicago’s Mucca Pazza.
From this hilarious psychedelic circus we will then pay homage to the 25th Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller album. Robbie Fulks will present for the first time his complete tribute to the King of Pop. Then Michael’s second biggest fan, Rhymefest, will perform material from his “Man in the Mirror” tribute CD. Be sure to dress like a scary night creature, for the culmination of this milestone in dance-pop the Hideout staff will lead the entire audience in the “Zombie Dance”!
Now come the 21st century Kings of Pop, The New Pornographers.
Enough? We will culminate this year’s Block Party with two of New York’s finest outfits. Ratatat will perform their full show, lights, smoke, projections, the works. This will be followed by a DJ set from uber-hot Hercules and Love Affair. What better way to celebrate the last day of summer, and welcome the first day of fall than by joyously dancing in the streets!
The Hideout Block Party is proud to be part of World Music Festival Chicago 2008
About the Hideout Block Party…
From its humble beginnings in 1996, the Hideout’s Block party has grown into an influential international music festival. In 2007, Chicago Magazine called the Hideout Block Party “Perennially the Best Music Festival in Chicago.” Over the last 11 years the Hideout’s Block Parties have raised over $200,000 for various local charities. Organizations participating this year will include Chalk for Peace, Rock for Kids, Future of Music, and Voter Registration. Charities to benefit are Tuesdays Child, Thomas Drummond Elementary School, Oscar Mayer School, and Literacy Works
Here’s a song for your downloading and listening pleasure from Neko Case, it’s Hold On, Hold On from Fox Confessor Brings The Flood on ANTI- Records. Thanks to ANTI- for allowing us to offer it to you. It’s so exciting that Neko will perform at the Hideout Block Party! Please also check out a couple of great posters by the Hideout’s own Judge onsale at Neko’s store.
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