After the singer crowd surfed in a garbage can and the band relocated the drum set several times, the show culminated with the drummer hoisted up on his kick drum. It would be the standout performance amongst several bizarre performances of the weekend
The Hideout has long been considered a Chicago institution of the highest order. The first time I encountered the venue/bar I had the same approximate epiphany as the first time I stepped into Wrigley Field: “This is how it is supposed to be.” Whether you are attending your annual concert or if you are a daily drinker is of little consequence as it greets you with the same warm tone, one of familiarity. So it really comes as no surprise that their yearly festival exudes that same inviting atmosphere for people of all ages. Considering some of the more high profile festivals that passed through Chicago this summer, the Hideout Block Party is refreshingly relaxed and easy to manage. This particular year the 12th annual Hideout Block Party teamed with the World Music Festival, resulting in the most eclectic lineup to come to the city this festival season.