I hit two surprises flipping through the music section of The Reader Thursday: In the same blurb, I learned that The 1900s’ Jeanine O’Toole had a) been booking shows at The Hideout for two-and-a-half years and b) would, by the end of the week, move on to something new. What that “something new” will be is still undecided, but in the meantime she plans to — yes and yes — focus on writing and performing.
After finishing the piece, I felt moved to break precedent a bit by saying it exalts me to realize that Jeanine ran point during some of my most memorable nights of music in Chicago to date.
I’ve been here nearly a year — June 1 is the marker — and in that time I’ve spent a handful of evenings at The Hideout. It’s a gem of a space, tucked away on an otherwise abandoned street — at night, at least — just steps above North Ave. One of my first shows, actually, was at The Hideout, at a time when I just getting my feet wet in the city’s mix of artists and venues.
Also at The Hideout was my first record release show — Darling’s Lights That Last Forever with guests Tin Tin Can and Rachele Eve. Funnily enough, about three months later I’d continue the tradition at The Empty Bottle for — ta-da! — Jeanine’s release party. The 1900s were celebrating Return of the Century, my favorite album of the year.
Anyway, I don’t know the woman personally, but respect her music and, as I learned today, her talents as a bar booking agent. Her successor has big shoes to fill, but I wish him or her the best in maintaining the music joint’s aura of cool. Rock on, Jeanine!
- Speaking of The Hideout, friends of this page, Warm Ones, will headline a show there tonight at 10 p.m. with Chaperone. A lovely lineup of music I’d otherwise go see if I weren’t spending the night about 30 miles west of the city. Tickets are just $8.