Big Shoulders Ball: Chicago Celebrates Change

Location

Black Cat
1811 14th Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
United States
38° 54' 52.4268" N, 77° 1' 53.7492" W

The Hideout and Interchange are thrilled to announce the Big Shoulders Ball: Chicago Celebrates Change. This celebration of citizen politics, independent music and Windy City civic pride took place on the eve of the presidential inauguration— Monday night, January 19 — at the Black Cat in Washington, DC.

Chicago musicians unite to celebrate inauguration in DC

The Hideout and Interchange are thrilled to announce the Big Shoulders Ball: Chicago Celebrates Change. This celebration of citizen politics, independent music and Windy City civic pride took place on the eve of the presidential inauguration— Monday night, January 19 — at the Black Cat in Washington, DC.

Performances by:

Andrew Bird
Ted Leo
Tortoise
Waco Brothers
Eleventh Dream Day
Jon Langford
Sally Timms
David “Honeyboy” Edwards
Ken Vandermark
Freakwater
Icy Demons
Judson Claiborne
… plus author Thomas Frank!

A portion of the shows proceeds went to the Chicago Public Schools marching bands program and the Future of Music Coalition. Ball-goers were encouraged (but not required!) to wear vintage, thrift-store, hand-me-down and ex-bridesmaid formal attire.

The Big Shoulders Ball represents a culmination of activities by the Hideout and Interchange during the 2008 election cycle. Interchange volunteers registered more than 1,500 voters at the Pitchfork Music Festival and the Hideout Block Party. The Hideout hosted fundraisers for Barack Obama and weekend GOTV carpools to Wisconsin and Indiana. In addition to presenting the Big Shoulders Ball itself, the Hideout has chartered two buses to transport performers, staff, friends and participants in its GOTV activities to the DC area and back.

Hideout co-owner Tim Tuten is ecstatic about the ball. “Since the first Interchange Festival on the street in front of the Hideout in 2004, we have dreamed of the day that we could all celebrate a new direction for our country,” Tuten says. “Of course we never dreamed that the person leading that movement would be a local guy from right here in Chicago. Our city’s musicians, artists, writers and volunteers were part of the first wave of this ground-breaking campaign. They are the heart of our club’s community. There was no way that we could miss this historic event.”

The Hideout is a live music venue that supports cutting-edge creative artists. It has been nationally recognized as one of the best live music venues in the country, as well as one of the most politically progressive. Its staff and artists share a belief in artistic freedom and socially responsible business practices.

Interchange is a nonpartisan, all-volunteer effort to engage citizens in the democratic process through underground music and art. Interchange works with artists, performers, venues, and fans to mobilize individuals as enfranchised and informed voters who realize the value of civic participation and seize their power to organize, advocate, volunteer and vote.