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Spend 'A Day In The Country' Without Leaving Bucktown This Weekend

By Katie Karpowicz in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 22, 2014 4:00PM

2014_06_adayinthecountry.png This weekend Bucktown's homiest venue transforms itself from a literal urban hideout to a down-home, rural destination.

If, like us, you found the annual A.V. Fest/Hideout Block Party's lineup be a bit underwhelming this year but still yearn for a day spent soaking up summer on Wabansia, the venue's 7th annual "A Day in the Country" returns today.

Local country musician Lawrence Peters, best known for his skills on a washboard, brings all of the elements of a prairie land party to the heart of one of Chicago's most industrial districts with live music on an outdoor "front porch" stage and the Hideout's indoor performance area as well as BBQ from County Barbecue and finger-licking-good pies from Bang Bang. Lagunitas will provide the liquid refreshments.

As for the music, Peters has assembled an impressive lineup of a dozen acts spanning the spectrum of country music from bluegrass to honky tonk. Hideout regular Nora O'Connor is perhaps the most recognizable name on the bill but she's joined by the Dogtown Ramblers, Sanctified Grumblers, Chandelier Swingers, Honky Tonk Parade, Gin Palace Jesters, Golden Horse Ranch Band, Kory Quinn, The Harrow, Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders, The Lantern Kickers and Peters' own act The Lawrence Peters Project. If you find yourself square dancing or slapping your knee a little too adamently come Sunday, no one will blame you.

Music starts at 2 p.m. on the outdoor stage and moves indoors at 4:15 p.m.

Tickets to "A Day in the Country" are on sale now for just $10.