Kelly Hogan, Scott Ligon, and Nora O’Connor | Picnics on the Porch - The Hideout1354 W. Wabansia Ave Chicago,IL
09/20/2019 6:00 PM - 09/20/2019 8:00 PM
Picnics on the Porch
The Hideout and All Together Now have teamed up for a very special food and music series every Friday at 6pm during the summer come by for picnic meals and snacks, acoustic music curated by The Hideout, and drink specials available from Deep Eddy Vodka. Grab a blanket (or borrow one of ours) and enjoy the warm weather with us.
This Georgia native is a supremely talented and multi-faceted singer profoundly respected within the music world. She was recently touted "a national treasure" by colleague, friend and former Chicago neighbor, Andrew Bird.
On her album "I Like to Keep Myself in Pain" Hogan curates an ambitious and moving labor of love, mining the perfect intersection between classic pop, country and soul. She utilizes her incredible voice to interpret compositions penned for her by musical luminaries including M. Ward, Vic Chesnutt, Magnetic Fields, the Mekons' Jon Langford, the Handsome Family, Bird, Freakwater's Catherine Irwin, John Wesley Harding, Robbie Fulks, Gabriel Roth and Robyn Hitchcock.
She is backed on the album by an absolutely all-star band consisting of R&B legends Booker T. Jones and James Gadson (Bill Withers, Beck) as well as talented young lions Gabe Roth (of Daptone Records, the Dap-Kings) and Scott Ligon.
Pitchfork has just premiered the song "We Cant Have Nice Things" written for Hogan by Jack Pendarvis and Andrew Bird. It is a contemplative and soulful track which periodically swells into an unforgettable Burt Bacharach-like pop crescendo.
As Hogan explains, "My dear friend Jack Pendarvis is a writer and he sent these lyrics called "We Can't Have Nice Things." He thought it would turn out like this George Jones she-left-me type of song. But I had asked Andrew Bird, who I have worked with a long time, to write me a song. He asked if I had any lyrics he could write with so I sent him Jack's. He sent them back with this amazing music and it turned into this really deep soul searching psychological song."
To hear Kelly Hogan's "We Can't Have Nice Things" care of Pitchfork.com, go here.
Kelly Hogan's I Like To Keep Myself In Pain is the record of a lifetime by a beloved talent. From her time fronting acclaimed bands The Jody Grind and Rock*A*Teens, to her role as, what she proudly calls "the noble sideman" with artists such as Neko Case, Mavis Staples, Jakob Dylan and many others, it has all been leading directly to this moment, and this unforgettable new album.
"This record is my history and all my acquired tools and these really amazing songs that people sent me," Hogan says. "I'm just this person who loves music. And it's my life. And I hope that people love the songs as much as I do and I hope people will listen to them and make out to them."
Guitarist for the legendary NRBQ, Pianist for Chicago's own Flat Five, singer for Chicago honky-tonk staple The Western Elstons...Scott Ligon has played with just about everyone. Chuck Berry, Mavis Staples, Bonnie Raitt, Wanda Jackson, John Sebastian, Roy Head, The Clovers, The Fleetwoods, The Collins Kids, Mighty Joe Young, Koko Taylor, Robbie Fulks, JD McPhersen, The Redwalls, to name a few. Scott is no stranger to the Hideout, his 2003-2005 Thursday night residency with the great Kelly Hogan introduced his musical versatility to Hideout audiences and sowed the seeds for what would become a Chicago supergroup, if ever there was one...The Flat Five. Guitarist, pianist, bassist, drummer, singer, arranger, producer, session man, band leader...Ligon is Chicago's ultimate jack of all trades. No set lists, no agenda other than making music in the moment.
Nora O’Connor is a Chicago-based musician and singer whose vocal talents are the secret weapon behind some of the city’s top performers and recordings. Nora is currently touring as a back-up singer and multi instrumentalist with The Decemberists. She has spent a good share of years on the road with Andrew Bird, Iron and Wine, Robbie Fulks and her old cow-punk band The Blacks (those were some times!). You can hear Nora on recordings with The New Pornographers, Neko Case, Archer Prewitt (The Sea and Cake) among countless others. Nora possesses a sensitive and honey-sweet vocal delivery, and is a solid sender on guitar -- which is why this lady's phone never stops ringing. In 2010, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy enlisted Nora O'Connor and Kelly Hogan as a primary vocalists on gospel legend Mavis Staples’ Grammy Award-winning album “You Are Not Alone.”
All Together Now
All Together Now is a funky bottle shop and all-day eatery and market in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood that's about good people sharing good food. Their bright, herbaceous menu spotlights produce from Upper Midwest farms and Underground Meats' smoked and cured meats, alongside a thoughtful selection of provisions: natural wine, tasty easy beer, small-producer cheese, artisan charcuterie and multi-roaster coffee.