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Instead of a block party, the Hideout is hosting a 20-year reunion

Zach Long
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Zach Long

If you were hoping for the return of the Hideout Block Party in 2016, you'll have to keep waiting. The festival (which last occurred in 2014 and was co-presented by The A.V. Club) won't be taking over the street in front of the tucked-away music venue in September. Instead, the Hideout is commemorating its 20th year in business the same way you celebrate the anniversary of your high school graduation.

On September 10, the Hideout will host a 20-year reunion, inviting bands that have played at the venue throughout the past two decades to return. The reunion will be an all-day affair, beginning at 2pm and going late into the night, with performances taking place on the Hideout's tiny indoor stage and the venue's front porch (even though a portion of the event will take place outdoors, Hideout program director Sullivan Davis stresses that it is "NOT a block party.")

The lineup hasn't been finalized, but the initial bill includes alt-country singer-songwriter Jon Langford (joined by the Burlington Welsh Male Chorus), a reunited lineup of one-time Hideout house band Mr. Rudy Day and Monday night Hideout regular Robbie Fulks. Local rock duo White Mystery, Chicago alt-rock stalwarts Eleventh Dream Day and country troubadours the Lawrence Peters Outfit. More acts will be announced closer to the event.

Tickets for the Hideout 20-Year Reunion are on sale now for $20. The venue boasts plenty of famous friends and supporters (including folks like Andrew Bird, Neko Case and Jeff Tweedy) so you might want to snag a ticket before one of them decides to join the party.

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