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It's Bloodshot Spring Break! Party with Murder By Death, Bobby Bare Jr, Cory Branan, Lydia Loveless, Scott H Biram, and More in Scenic Chicago!

We're kicking off Phase 2 of our 20th Anniversary Celebration with a series of excellent Bloodshot shows (including live performances and movie screenings) to our homebase of ‪‎Chicago‬ over the span of about a week at the end of April/beginning of May!

See the schedule of events and get tickets to the shows here.

You'll have the chance to see Bobby Bare, Jr., Cory Branan, Lydia Loveless, Scott H. Biram, Rosie Flores and the Rivetors, Murder By Death, Andre Williams, and more in the span of 8 days in Chicago!

It may not be Cancun, but it'll surely have better music than the co-ed clubs and will be void of Montezuma's Revenge (we hope). Cheaper flights, too.

Board shorts are optional.

CIMM Fest Hits Chicago

CIMM Fest hits Chicago April 18th thru the 21st.

The Chicago International Movies and Music Festival is a four day showcase of films and concerts, Q&A sessions, tech shows and a focus between cinema and music.

There are some Bloodshot tie-ins we wanna alert you to:

The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir play the opening night party (April 18th) at the Burlington.  Tickets are only $5!!

The Bloodshot showcase is at the Hideout April 19th at 10pm featuring Lydia Loveless and Luke Winslow-King

JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND hit the CIMMcon Funk Party at the Congress w/ Greyboy Allstars and the Funky Meters

Holiday Whiskey Extravaganza Announced!

By December 17th, if you are at all like us (and we pity you if you are), yer gonna be sick to death of the malls, the traffic, the office parties, the uncomfortable gatherings your S.O. drags you to, and the overall frantic-osity of the season, you'll be in need of a reprieve.


It's at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago on December 17th. It features Whitey Morgan & the 78s (what better band to drink whiskey to?), Kurt of the Deadstring Brothers (perhaps you remember him wowing the crowd at our Hideout anniversary party earlier this fall) and, fresh from her near sold out Wednesday Schubas show, Lydia Loveless!

Best of all, it's FREE!!! That's right, FREE. Just reserve your spot by RSVPing HERE.

We're also hosting a Food Drive (c'mon, be generous...) to benefit the Casa Catalina Basic Human Needs Center in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

All donaters will receive a BS goodie.

They provide a full array of services for clients in need of urgent basic human needs. Provides intake for emergency shelter, emergency financial assistance, referral, advocacy, food pantry, short-term case management and benefits screening

They serve an average of 350 to 375 households each week in the pantry. The greatest need in food items:  pasta, canned fruits, vegetables and soups, peanut butter, jelly or jam, Cereal, rice and dry beans.  They also prepare special bags for diabetics so sugar free items and brown rice and pasta are greatly appreciated.

Please c'mon out, have some fun, say hi, help a good cause and maybe pick up a last minute gift or two for the music dork in your life.

Bloodshot Anniversary Event at the Hideout

Join us as we celebrate our 17th Anniversary, the Hideout's 15th anniversary and the release of our live album recorded at the Hideout during OUR 15th anniversary.

Too much math?  Well, just know this:

September 9th at the Hideout

Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm.  Tickets only $10! On sale NOW!

Entertainment provided by The Waco Brothers, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Kurt from Deadstring Brothers (solo) and Danny Black & Nora O'Connor of the Blacks.

Beer sponsorship by Goose Island

Food provided by Dangerously Delicious Pies!

The Onion AV Club is already on board.  Hope to see you there.

Justin Townes Earle Millennium Park concert to be broadcast

On Memorial Day, Justin took the stage at the magnificent Millennium Park in downtown Chicago in front of over 10,000 folks.  It was a glorious evening.  It was also the first decent weather we had around here since like October.  People were goofy with joy (or maybe it was the coolers full of wine and cocktails).  We burned piles of recently shed flannel clothing in the back  (no, not really, jeeez....).

Anyway, WXRT recorded the whole thing and they are broadcasting it Sunday June 12th at 8pm central time.  So if you weren't there, here's your chance to have a listen.  If you were there, here's your chance to re-live the memories.....ah the memories.

SUNDAY JUNE 12TH at 8pm central on WXRT 93.1 FM or listen ONLINE

WACO BROTHERS ON TV! It's a Holiday Miracle!

Set your TiVos or VCRs or whatever it is you use to record programming on the TV so's you can catch the WACO BROTHERS on WGN at 12:55pm Central time.

Those of you in Chicago can see it on Channel 9, and the rest of you can find the mighty WGN on cable.  It's a superstation, they tell me.

Also, there's the annual Waco holiday two-fer at Schubas this weekend, Saturday and Sunday.

Big Justin and Alejandro Chicago Tour Events

Here's a couple of announcements from one of our favorite commercial stations in the world, our own WXRT:

Elvis Costello with Alejandro Escovedo:

Performing a career-spanning, once in a lifetime one-man show, Elvis Costello is coming to the historic Chicago Theatre for The XRT/Bud Light BIG Holiday Concert December 20,  with special guest Alejandro Escovedo. Tickets go on sale to the public 10am Monday 11/22 thru Ticketmaster and The Chicago Theatre box office.

Justin Townes Earle at the Metro

Justin Townes Earle is playing an XRT Show at Metro on February 10th! Tickets are onsale Friday at 10am but VIPs can use their points to win a pair of freebies.

You have been warned.
Plan accordingly!

Bloodshot Rob making soup for charity!

Every Wednesday during the winter months, the blog Soup and Bread hosts a soup party at the Hideout.  From 5:30 to 8, eat soup, drink beer, see friends and be convivial.  The event is free, but donations are very welcome and all donations go to various food pantries in the city to help alleviate hunger--this week it is the Franciscan Outreach.

This week, Bloodshot Rob and a few other cooks  are contributing some nifty little concoctions and will be ladling them out to the soup lover that resides in all of us.

Rob will not tell us what he is making, but promises it will have nothing to do with all the haggis he has been making us eat this week for the Scottish holiday Burns Night.




Bloodshot Rob & Nan on the Interview Show

That's right, Nan and Rob will dazzle the Friday after work crowd at the Hideout during February's edition of the Interview Show.

6:30 to 8pm

The Blacks will also perform a few stripped down songs

What is the Interview Show?

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Benefit Panto Performance in Chicago

The Hideout Players have scheduled two additional family-friendly performances of their fourth annual Hideout Christmas panto. This year's panto, Ho Ho Ho the Humanity: Prior to his career as a bringer of gifts, Santa Claus was a zeppelin pirate!, will re-play at the Hideout on Sunday January 3 at 3:00pm & 6:00pm.

The added shows are to benefit Burned Whale, a local, short-term charity that has been organized to help three panto cast members whose Pilsen home burned on December 17, the evening of this year's panto premiere. Both the early and late panto performances were cancelled for December 17, and all proceeds from the December 18 events were donated to Burned Whale.

In Ho Ho Ho the Humanity... the Hideout Players return with two performances of their annual pantomime, telling the little-known story of Santa Claus‚s death-defying former life as captain of the zeppelin pirate ship, Sally‚s Revenge, and his life-changing voyage to the North Pole in search of treasure.

Starring Chicago‚s newest Pantomime Dame Michael "Plus Size" Bulington as Bagatha Christie, reality TV celebrity and former Olympic wrestling bronze medalist. Also featuring Derek Erdman as Captain of the Sky Pirates (later becoming our hero St. Nick), Kenneth Morrison as the vaguely villainous Pasha and Callie Roach as Prince Terrence of Sardine-ia. Sally Timms and Nat Ward narrate as assorted Hideout regulars double as tough-nosed airbenders, swarthy pilots, polar bears and overworked pinko elves.

Directed and written by Nat Ward. Adapted and panto-fied by Jon Langford. Music arranged and performed by Rob Cruz and other talented folks.

Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. 
Adults $12, children $5.  Floor and chair seating available.

Tix at

Thank you, ye be warned.