The Hideout Block Party and A.V. Fest announce which acts will perform Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7. Neko Case will close Friday night, Young The Giant will close Saturday. Two-day passes on sale NOW at fest.avclub.com, single-day tickets will go on sale soon.
The A.V. Fest/Hideout Block Party is happy to announce the daily lineups for our 2013 festival. Friday eveningSeptember 6 will feature performances by Neko Case, Mavis Staples, Trampled By Turtles, and Nude Beach. Gates will open at 4:30pm on Friday.
Saturday September 7’s massive lineup features Young The Giant, The Hold Steady, Superchunk, The Walkmen, The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo), Jon Langford, Girl Group Chicago Featuring The Revelettes, and Vision Celestial Guitarkestra. Gates will open at 12:30pm on Saturday.
A little bit about some of our acts:
Young The Giant is a California band whose debut album—featuring the smash single “Cough Syrup”—came out in 2011. The band is working on a sophomore set now, and this will be their first Chicago show since they sold out the Riviera in February of 2012.
Neko Case is somebody that Chicagoans know all about, since the singer-songwriter spent several years honing her craft here, including lots of time at the Hideout. Just a few days prior to theFest—her only Chicago performance of 2013!—Case will release her first album in four years, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.
Mavis Staples is a native Chicagoan who was part of the legendary Staple Singers. She has found new life in recent years with younger musicians: Staples’ new album was produced byWilco’s Jeff Tweedy: One True Vinecame out June 25, and includes guest appearances by Nick Lowe and the Minnesota band Low.
The Hold Steady emerged as America’s greatest, most thoughtful bar-rock band in 2004, and has since released a string of acclaimed albums—and, maybe more importantly, acclaimed live shows. The band is hard at work on its sixth album, and recently contributed a track to Game Of Thrones.
The Walkmen formed around the turn of the millennium and, against the odds, have released increasingly excellent albums. The latest, Heaven, was roundly praised, and the band has played every major festival in the world.
Superchunk are one of indie-rock’s founding bands, having created some of the genre’s greatest albums—and released even more via their label, Merge Records. This show will come hot on the heels of the band’s tenth proper album, I Hate Music, to be released by Merge on August 20.
Trampled by Turtles continue to receive praise for their new album Stars and Satellites available now on Thirty Tigers/RED. Since forming in Duluth, Minnesota in 2003, Trampled by Turtles always felt they were able to attain an energy on stage that can’tbe found in the studio. For Stars and Satellites, however, Trampled by Turtles didn’t want to simply try to recreate a live show.
The Both is the brand-new project started by veterans of awesomeness Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. Each of those singer-songwriters has had illustrious careers; together, they will make even more beautiful music. The A.V. Fest/Hideout Block Party will mark the band’s Chicago debut.
Jon Langford, has performed at every Hideout Block Party, Holiday Panto, virtually since the last Century. He is our guiding light, our north star, our visionary with blurred vision, who shear force of will and magic keep the spirit of ’77 era Mekons, to the 1990’s Waco Brothers, to his present, powerful, Skull Orchard. He is alone, and with friends always profound, profane and simultaneously hilarious. He is what we are or wish we could be.
Girl Group Chicago featuring the Revelettes is the massive orchestra of amazing woman, that make this city function and fun. These are the woman in the dozens of different bands that play every night at every club in Chicago, coming together for this special occasion to show us the camaraderie and community that sets Chicago apart. This should be the largest configuration of the women to date.
Nude Beach doesn’t care that people have called them a bar band, or “beer-drinking Barbecue music…that you play while grilling hamburgers.” They feel honored that people mention Tom Petty, Paul Westerberg, John Mellencamp, Alex Chilton, Bruce Springsteen, and the Shoes, (yes the Shoes!) when people talk about their influences. This is a band of young guys from Long Island New York, who grew up near the beach in Northport NY, and rock out to have fun. They picked their stupid band name because it was stupid. Great rock and roll can and should be emotional. That’s what Thurston Moore, Richard Hell, and Bob Pollard think about these kids, but who cares what the “cool people” think?! High School is so over! The perfect way to start our Block Party is to have a fricking Block Party band! Get here early!
Vision Celestial Guitarkestra: VCG pays homage to Chicago’s beloved inter-planetary galactic traveler Sun Ra. A loose collection of up too 100 musicians forms from time-to-time to see that the rain stops, and the sun bursts through the clouds. They literally did this at our 2011 Block Party. Every year we begin in front of the big stage, on the ground with a circle with Steve Krakow serving as maestro and magician. He starts a chord, and dozens of guitars, vocalists, and percussionist improvise for the next blissful 30 minutes. A palate cleanser to some, a shot of tequila to others. Harmony and cacophony united together into an amazing immediate sound.
Two-day passes are on-sale now via Ticketfly:. A portion of every ticket sold will benefit a variety of Chicago charities, including Rock For Kids and Literacy Works. Single-day tickets will go on sale later this summer, and the daily schedule will be announced at a later date also.
This will be the 17th Hideout Block Party; last year was the first time The Hideout teamed up with The A.V. Club for one big festival. Last year’s headliners included Wilco, Iron & Wine, and Glen Hansard, and tickets sold out well in advance.
The Hideout Block Party has always prided itself on being a low-stress, family-friendly festival, and that tradition will continue this year. Food and drink will of course be available, along with a kids area, a bike valet, and much more. Our fantastic sponsors this year will include WXRT, Lagunitas beer and Mike’s Hard Lemonade.