OutLoud Chicago presents Barefoot Ballad, a queer concert, Tuesday July 12th at 7pm at The Hideout 1354 W Wabansia. ‘Ballad will feature singer songwriter guitarist Diva Kai with Manny Capozzi and is sponsored by Nightspots Magazine, Backlot Bash music series, TheLStop.org and produced by Adam Guerino with promotions by Alma Izquierdo.
OutLoud Chicago is a production effort to find safe spaces for queer stories, storytellers and audiences. With the words “out,” “loud” and “Chicago,” the name combines the concepts of proudly queer and Chicagoan. ‘OutLoud premiers this Summer with a series of shows from music to comedy at such legendary Chicago venues as The Hideout and Zanies. Bringing such historic venues and amazing talent together, OutLoud hopes to make “Chicago” and “Queer” a welcome harmony.
The amazingly talented singer/songwriter Diva Kai will headline the premier with her indie folk-pop song stylings. The eclectic and charming Manny Capozzi will open the show. The premier, Barefoot Ballad, will be at the height of summer and embody a fun, folky return to simple yet soulful music. Imagine music that goes best on a camping trip with friends who catch up over a 24 pack of trashy beer beside a fire. The inspiration for the title came from the same-titled Elvis Presley song, “Barefoot Ballad.”
The Hideout is a Chicago institution known for underground music and counter culture. What better fit for a concert series that focuses on queer musicians? The Hideout is: “Where Jack White threw up in the alley, due to a terrible flu, taped up a black and white bed sheet behind Meg’s drum set, put on some red polyester pants, and then flew onstage and played his pants off” “Where Billy Corgan spends nine Mondays in a row creating a new band and invites everyone from Rick Nielsen to Neko Case to perform in between. It is a community where every bartender, door person and sound tech is in a band. Where no one quits, they just go on tour.” “Where bands like the Flaming Lips and Wilco choose to have their CD listening parties. And everyone dresses up like robots, or sings Wilco karaoke.” (from www.hideoutchicago.com)
The inspiration for the series came from creator Adam Guerino’s first production—a comedy show with stand-up, sketch and movies. The show debuted in Lakeview, the heart of Boystown, with a queer-friendly cast. Even though Guerino was the only queer performer, queer audiences felt welcome to attend without wondering if they will be the punchline to a joke. Guerino was surprised to see such a queer following from something that wasn’t specifically catered to the queer community but realized that audiences felt the same prejudice of going to a mainstream comedy show that a queer performer might. Because queer audience members felt included, and straight audiences never felt left out, the show built a fusion audience-base doubling what might be a mainstream show or a “gay” show. This following gave a support to queer acts and maintained a stage where they could thrive.
OutLoud intends to use language that brings people together such as music and comedy. From this experience, OutLoud Chicago aims to create a collection of artists and audiences that transcend sexuality and focus on community and storytelling.
OutLoud Chicago presents Barefoot Ballad, premiering Tuesday July 12th at 7pm at The Hideout 1354 W Wabansia. The series will continue through the summer featuring different artists, mediums and genres. Admission is $5 advance from www.hideoutchicago.com, $8 at the door and audience members must be ages 21 or older. For questions, hi res images or a saved seat, email email@example.com.