• Sat May 16, 2015 9:00 pm $20 ($40 3-Day Pass)

    It's that time of year, when hundreds of heathens and maniacs descend upon Chicago for a weekend of rock'n'roll-fueled debauchery inside the confines of The Empty Bottle. The 2015 HoZac Blackout Fest will once again bring the right kind of music to the wrong kind of people with legendary headliners and modern-day heroes, all in one jam-packed, booze-soacked weekend. It's the original Midwest bad-decision bender, celebrating 10 years of ruining repuations. San Francisco punk pioneers THE AVENGERS headline Saturday, May 16th with Memphis's SWEET KNIVES (LOST SOUNDS reboot minus Jay Reatard), Columbus punk trio NERVOSAS, new-ish Memphis act THING (RICH CROOK from LOST SOUNDS/LOVER!), and Chicago garage-punk trio GROSS POINTE.

    From 2001-2006, the Chicago Blackout Festival was the first purely Midwest rock & roll festival, celebrating the yearly release of Horizontal Action Magazine. Each year drew sold-out, international crowds to witness the wide range of unique underground performers and to catch the best in up-and-coming bands exploding out of the underground. 2011 year marked its triumphant return and over the past few years we've been delighted to witness legends on our stage: ROKY ERICKSON, THE BOYS (U.K.), THE DICTATORS, CHROME, REDD KROSS and DWIGHT TWILLEY, to name a few. We’re damn pleased to welcome back HoZac, now a dynamic independent label that Billboard rates as #9 in their Top 50 Independent Record Labels in America list.

    Presented in conjunction with our friends at Sailor Jerry and Revolution Brewing.

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