The Walkmen live at The Hideout Block Party; 2013.
There are few festivals as wonderful to attend as The Hideout Block Party in Chicago. A fundraiser for some local charities and a lot of fun for the out-of-the-way Chicago dive The Hideout and it’s partner The Onion’s AV Club, The Hideout Block Party is held on City of Chicago municipal grounds (essentially where they park all of the snow plows and garbage trucks) right outside of the Hideout. There are ample bathrooms, they serve Lagunitas - whom even provided a session ale made specifically for the event now that they’ve opened up a Chicago arm of their brewing operations - while bringing in some great acts to play their fest.
This year, the can’t-be-missed performer was The Walkmen. Playing the last show of their tour in the late afternoon sun, the band seemed happy and light-hearted. Lead singer Hamilton Leithauser was commanding, a general of inescapable charisma. Looking fancy in their matching black-and-white Target brand Merona bests, I’m sure the ladies weren’t too deterred by the bands appearance either.
As my outrageous smile would attest, the band was enough for us to even forget about our fallen soldier: a bottle of New Belgium’s Pluot Ale from their Lips of Faith series that was carelessly smashed whilst retrieving my hoodie from the car. The spliff we smoked couldn’t have hurt much, but The Walkmen are about as fine of a remedy as their is for crushed spirits.