If you like your music a bit more organic, the Hideout provides a nice alternative to the electronic, beat-heavy offerings at the Bottle and the Logan Square Auditorium on Friday. At 7:30 pm, Seattle's Jesse Sykes and Sweet Hereafter take the stage with their haunting but beautiful alt-country ballads. Then at 8:30, it's Chicago's very own Califone. Tim Rutili and company always put on a great live show, so if you've always dug their records, but never made it out to one of their shows...definitely make a point to check out this performance.
Festivities get under way early on Saturday, with Chicago via Virginia's Manishevitz kicking off things at 2:45 PM. Performances continue throughout the afternoon, with appearances by Kelly Hogan, Andrew Bird, Archer Prewitt and more. Then, at 8:30, all guitars are cleared off stage for Germany's Mouse on Mars. This veteran electronic duo will be performing in support of their latest LP, Radical Connector, released last month on Thrill Jockey. (If you miss them at the Hideout, afterward they'll be playing a FREE DJ set at Rodan, 1530 N. Milwaukee). Headlining the night will be the eclectic funk soul electronica of Chicago's Mahjongg.
Sunday Bloodshot Sunday! Local alt-country stalwarts Bloodshot Records celebrates their 10th anniversary with a full-line up of twangy goodness from Bloodshot artists. Festivities begin at 2pm.
The Hideout is located at 1354 w Wabansia. Suggested donation for the 2004 Hideout Block Party is $10. Proceeds benefit P.L.A.Y. , Tuesday's Child and Literacy Works. For a full line-up of events, go to www.hideoutchicago.com.