Block & Riot!!! Weekend (Festival Playlists)

…it’s Wednesday and either the week is dragging or the anticipation for the weekend is building.  The latter here.  To help through the Wednesday doldrums and get you excited for the weekend, I’m sharing two playlists of varying styles:  Roots/Folk Rock (for the pensive) and Punk Rock (for the antsy).  I’m both.  Further explanation(s) below.

Hideout Block Party : Saturday, September 15th 

At the intersection of Elston and Wabansia nestled within Chicago’s Industrial Corridor, you will find the Hideout, home to one of Chicago’s most intimate musical performance spaces and a recurring set of killer dance parties.  Spilling out from the confines of the bar, the Hideout Block Party is one of the best weekends of live and family oriented music.  With each passing year, the Block Party draws more impressive acts, but it always makes sure to showcase local musicians.  This year is no exception with the phenomenal Kelly Hogan (who I gush about with regularity) and the up and coming Wild Belle.  Of course, the piece de resistance is none other than Chicago’s finest, although they now belong to the world without any reservations, Wilco. 

Playlist: to get you excited for Saturday’s lineup

Listen to this mix → HideoutBlockParty

Note on playlist:  I recommend setting it to shuffle as the list is ordered according to Saturday’s lineup.

Saturday’s Hideout Lineup (with bands I’m seeing in Bold)

2:00pm Kelly Hogan

3:00pm The Corin Tucker Band

4:00pm Wild Belle

5:00pm Wye Oak

6:00pm Lee Fields & The Expressions

7:30pm Wilco


Riot Festival (Chicago):  Sunday, September 16th (at Humboldt Park)

I have already written with some frequency about this event and the numerous bands playing at this festival (and two posts are still forthcoming).  So why am I bothering you again?  Is this some effort at musical bludgeoning?  Hmm… thought hadn’t occurred to me.  Fitting as Gwar will be playing the event.  In any event, I wanted to share a mix/playlist of the bands for Sunday’s performance.  Even if you are not attending the Fest (located in the West Side’s Humboldt Park), you might enjoy this mix containing a collection of my favorite tunes from Elvis Costello, Alkaline Trio, Iggy and the Stooges, Promise Ring, NOFX, Less Than Jake and more.

Playlist: For some energy and aggression (and Punkish pining)

Listen to this → RiotFestPlaylist 

Note on playlist:  I also recommend setting this to shuffle as the list is in alphabetical order.

Sunday’s RiotFest Lineup (with bands I’m seeing in Bold) (Map of Stages here.)

1:00 pm               Reverend Horton Heat (Roots Stage)

1:40 pm              Less Than Jake (Riot Stage)

2:20 pm             The Promise Ring (Roots)

3:00 pm                Built to Spill (Riot)

3:40 pm             NOFX (Roots)

4:40 pm             Jesus & Mary Chain (Riot)

5:25 pm             Elvis Costello & The Imposters (Roots)

6:25 pm             Alkaline Trio (Riot)

7:25 pm               Gogol Bordello (Roots)

8:25 pm             Iggy And The Stooges (Riot)

 Also, both festivals have additional dates for information on:

  • Friday’s Hideout bands and times go here 
  • Friday’s Riot bands and times go here
  • Saturday’s Riot Fest bands and times go here. 

live long and prosper,


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