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The Chicago Reader Says Why? Records Makes ‘Compelling And Idiosyncratic Hip-Hop’

Together Davis, Malci, Joshua Virtue, and Ruby Watson make up Chicago’s own rap crew Why? Records. The group started when the four got together in the summer of 2018 to start their brand-new label.

Davis himself grew up on hip-hop. He says his mother used to babysit for Common. He received his BFA in creative writing from Columbia College and even spearheaded a literary magazine, but he didn’t start rapping until 2018. Davis attended rapper Milo’s sold-out show at The Hideout, which re-sparked his passion for the genre.

Malci began making music after graduating from college. He found inspiration from the unusual time signatures of Thundercat and Flying Lotus. Before making music, Malci was reading his poetry in underground performance spaces.

Virtue began making music nearly ten years ago with fellow musician Nnamdi Ogbonnaya. His band put out a song which was eventually heard by Spencer Tweedy, who invited the group to his father’s (Wilco) apartment.

Ruby Watson grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He moved to Chicago and began going to Columbia for audio design and production. Watson and Virtue met at a house party, where they bonded over rap.

Virtue said working with the rest of the crew feels easy. “They have the same work ethic as me and the same standard for the quality of the sound that we make, and making something that’s equally accessible and completely unique,” he said.

Read an interview with the crew from The Chicago Reader‘s Leor Galil and catch Why? Records Showcase at The Hideout on June 30th.

The Lawrence Peters Outfit Performs Live On WGN-TV

Award-winning group The Lawrence Peters Outfit, which is described as a “scrappy honkey tonk band” plays live on WGN.

Watch the full performance on WGN. Make sure to catch the band play The Hideout on June 23rd as party of the “A Day in the Country” series.

Drag Queens Find ‘Home’ At The Hideout’s ‘Big Queer Variety Show’

Derry Queen’s Big Queer Variety show is held monthly at The Hideout and brings together the most talented LGBTQA+ performers in the city. The Chicago Reader said the show’s theatrics “transcend traditional expectations of drag.”

“His show includes acts ranging between stand-up and sketch, all of which take him at least a month to churn out. Many of the acts rely on gags and pranks pulled on the audience to engage interest. Sound bites are perfectly edited to sync with videos, dubbed over and remixed to present surreal, larger-than-life conceptual pieces that usually stun the crowd. This is a rising form of art that incorporates Internet lingo, social commentary, and pop culture references into one drag number.”

“When you see a drag mix, which is a wide variety of performance in one number, is usually when you see online viral sensations,” says Derry.

“The energy is infectious and it’s what transforms online followings to people coming out to see a live show. It’s what packs Derry Queen’s show at the Hideout, where people sit knee to knee in folding chairs watching a drag number in which Mr. Krabs from SpongeBob SquarePants seduces a dollar bill to ‘I Can Hear the Bells’ from Hairspray.”

Read the full editorial on Chicago’s drag queen scene by The Chicago Reader‘s Meggie Gates.

WGN Share A Drink With White Mystery At The Hideout
photo courtesy of White Mystery

Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White are siblings that make up the Chicago-based duo White Mystery. The band started playing The Hideout in the early 2000’s. “There’s a lot of history here,” said Alex White. She says her favorite drink is The Hideout’s signature cocktail, The Wooden Leg.

White said a big highlight of her musical career was playing with Sir Richard Branson at the opening of the Virgin Hotel in downtown Chicago.

Together, the band has toured all across the world, but they always come back to Chicago. “This is where our heart is,” White said.

Watch WGN’s Michael Heidemann, host of Sound Sessions, share a drink with White Mystery at The Hideout on the segment Brews and Bands.

Virtue Cider + Hideout Present: Picnics on the Farm

Virtue Cider and the Hideout, the longtime Chicago live music landmark, have teamed up for a new outdoor music concert series in Fennville, Michigan: Picnics on the Farm. The nine-show series is Southwest Michigan’s answer to the Hideout’s popular annual concert series Picnics on the Porch, featuring both established and up-and-coming artists curated by the Hideout in the genres of folk, country, and singer-songwriter.

Picnics on the Farm are the weekend “road trip” for the Picnics on the Porch artists who performed at the Hideout the previous night in Chicago. Performances will be held each Saturday evening at Virtue Cider in Fennville, Michigan, from 6-8pm beginning July 6. Performances are free to the public, all-ages, and held outdoors on the Cider House Lawn. Acts include Joan Shelley, Itasca, and Freakwater.

The Hideout and Virtue have had a long partnership. Virtue launched its debut cider, RedStreak, at the Hideout in 2012, and have supported the Hideout Block Party and Picnics on the Porch in previous years. This year’s Picnics on the Farm extends this friendship further by introducing the Hideout sound to Southwest Michigan with performances at dusk in a picturesque, rural setting at Virtue’s 48-acre farm.

Picnics on the Farm kicks off on Saturday, July 6 and runs weekly through Saturday, Aug. 31. Grab a blanket, grab your friends, and grab some proper farmhouse cider from the Tap Room to enjoy an al fresco evening of great live music.


7/6 – The Family Gold

7/13 – Joan Shelley / Dogs at Large

7/20 – Big Sadie

7/27 – Itasca

8/3 – Freakwater

8/10 – Joybird

8/17 – Jack Klatt

8/24 – TBA

8/31 – Bill MacKay

The Hideout Gets Featured In The ‘Block Club’ Guide To Chicago’s Music Scene

Chicago’s local neighborhood news publication recently released their illustrated “tiny guide,” which features local venues and music stores around the city. The Hideout is featured on this illustrated guide, due to our role in Chicago’s unique music scene.

The artist, Maura Walsh, received her degree Fine Arts degree Columbia College. Walsh is a self-identified “avid concert-goer.” “These are the places we’d recommend to you,” Walsh said.

Read more about Walsh’s “Tiny Guide to Chicago’s Best Music Culture Spots” on Block Club Chicago’s website.

Next City Discusses How The Lincoln Yards Project Affect The Hideout

Next City‘s M. Sophia Newman discusses how will the TIF-fueled Lincoln Yards project affect The Hideout. If you haven’t yet heard, in May 2018, the Sterling Bay development corporation moved to re-build an area of the city called Lincoln Yards. The whole project is projected to cost about $6 billion. This project directly threatens The Hideout, which sits on the Lincoln Yards area.

“Public opposition has been rapid, widespread, and multifaceted,” wrote Newman. “In the midst of the fight are the Hideout owners, embracing a new role as political organizers.”

Read Next City’s interview with The Hideout owners and several experts in urban planning.

Greg Kot’s “Why the Hideout Is Vital to Chicago’s music scene”

Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune praises the Hideout for its history and current importance in the middle of the Lincoln Yards controversy.

“It may appear ridiculous to argue the merits of a 150-capacity club against a development that promises to spoon out $89 million in zoning fees to the city and bring in 23,000 jobs. But such clubs – and there are hundreds of similar size across the city – are the lifeblood of the city’s vibrant music scene, and the Hideout could easily find itself in an inhospitable new neighborhood or even squeezed out by the Sterling Bay project.”

Read the rest of the article here. 

Chicago Tribune sits down with Ester to talk their new album “Curtains”

Ester, Anna Holmquist’s latest musical endeavor, lands at the Hideout next week to play an album release show for their forthcoming album “Curtains.”  The Tribune sat down with the band to talk about the formation of the group, some of the inspiration behind their new album, and what it was like, specifically for Anna Holmquist, to move from solo to group performances. Take a read here, and hit this link for tickets to next week’s show.


Jason Stein’s & Locksmith Isidore celebrate the release of “After Caroline” at the Hideout

Jason Stein, a preeminent force in the world of Chicago Jazz music, and his band, Locksmith Isidore stop by the Hideout this weekend to play an album release show for their latest, “After Caroline,” which was digitally released on May 18th but the CD/LP doesn’t come out until June 15th.  Stein’s infamous prowess comes from his choice of instrument, the incredible difficult Bass Clarinet. If that’s not enough to lure you in, Howard Reich, a reporter for the Tribune, and one of the most well-versed experts of the city’s jazz scene, listed it as one of the best things to do this weekend, in what’s shaping up to be a “jazzy” weekend across the city. Stop by, show starts at 9:00 PM.