Saying goodbye to summer means a farewell to beaches, outdoor seating and, perhaps the saddest of all, festivals. Fear not! The Hideout is squeezing the last out of the festival fun with the return of its legendary block party after a two-year absence. Perhaps the most impressive element of the festival is the diversity of style of the artists. The ten-hour event is a variable platter of sound, and it all looks delicious.
Andrew Bird, the biggest name on the bill, will provide the intricate indie tunes he’s known for. Lofty soul calling your name? Mavis Staples and her syrupy low voice at your service. To take that one step further, Booker T. Jones will be around to inject some serious funk into said soul. Local favorites The Eternals should stream some appreciable electric jazz. For those who favor a dirty, bluesy sound, they should definitely sample some of White Mystery. Still not impressed? Try on a Welsh chorus for size. Jon Langford will be bringing his for the occasion. Consider it the bang for summer to go out on. (Maureen Clancy)
September 24 at The Hideout, 1354 West Wabansia, (773)227-4433, noon. $25.