Friday, April 15, 2011

Blackout Fest returns to Chicago

Posted by Andrew Hertzberg

Pretty soon the Chicago blog community will be overrun with posts about summer festivals. Really, it’s one of the greatest things about this city. Of course, as the years go on, many of the fests become more and more expensive and essentially commercial outlets that just so happen to have some good bands playing. Luckily, for every corporate action there’s an equal and opposite independent reaction. Bitchpork has been repping the underground for the past couple of years and now Hozac returns with Blackout Fest, which originally ran from 2001-2006.

So what’s in store for their triumphant return? How about Tutu and the Pirates, Chicago’s first recorded punk band? Or the Nervous Eaters, making their first Chicago appearance since opening for the Ramones in the late '70s? Not bad, right? Not to mention far out all around goofball Nobunny, Hozac champions like Reading Rainbow and Idle Times, and local standouts like Mickey, Radar Eyes, the Brides and many more (full list after the jump). This all goes down Friday and Saturday May 27-28 at the Velvet Perineum…yeah, I’ve never heard of it either. Facebook says it’s within walking distance of the Logan Square Monument. A golden ticket is $45 for the two days while they last, otherwise Friday is $20, Saturday $30 (ticketweb).

Thursday 5/26:
FREE Art Show/Blackout Opening Party with works on display by:
Timmy Vulgar
Nathan Jerde
Mac Blackout
Christopher Ilth
Rob Karlic
Ben Lyon
+ bands TBA

Friday 5/27:
The Spits (Seattle)
The Brides (Chicago)
K-Holes (NYC)
TV Ghost (Lafayette, IN)
The Happy Thoughts (Lafayette, IN)
Mickey (Chicago)
Squish (Chicago)

Saturday 5/28:
Nervous Eaters (Boston)
Nobunny (SF)
Tutu & the Pirates (Chicago)
Timmy's Organism (Detroit)
Puffy Areolas (Cleveland)
Idle Times (Seattle)
Reading Rainbow (Philadelphia)
People's Temple (Lansing, MI)
Heavy Times (Chicago)
Radar Eyes (Chicago)
Outer Minds (Chicago)
Nones (Chicago)

BONUS: Check this emusic profile of Hozac where they recount past Blackout experiences.

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