Joybird | Picnics on the Porch

Picnics on the Porch

The Hideout and All Together Now have teamed up for a very special food and music series every Friday at 6pm during the summer come by for picnic meals and snacks, acoustic music curated by The Hideout, and drink specials available from Deep Eddy Vodka. Grab a blanket (or borrow one of ours) and enjoy the warm weather with us.


“An excellent storyteller...with an impressively direct and matter of fact way of looking at our world today.”
-Laura Land (Chicago Crowd Surfer)

"At times playful, at times immersed in longing...fiercely hopeful and deeply communal."
-Abigail Zimmer (Poetry Editor, The Lettered Streets Press)

Joybird’s new album Landing is fiddler and songwriter Jess McIntosh’s dynamic follow-up to Long Time Exhaling (2016). Where their first record drew listeners into the daily intimacies of love and longing, this one faces outward, connecting the political with the personal, care for one’s neighbors with care for one’s self. Expanding the core trio of Jess on fiddle, banjo, guitar and voice, improvisatory percussionist Bill Harris (Four Letter Words, Devouring the Guilt, Bowlcut) and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Aaron Smith (On Big Shoulders, Growler, Horseshoe Bender), Landing features Emily Nott on guitar and vocals, Dan Andree (The Henhouse Prowlers) on fiddle, Steve Doyle (Hoyle Brothers) on dobro and electric guitar, Sara Leginsky (Glass Mountain) on banjo and vocals, Cass Pautler on clarinet, and Anna S. Jacobson on french horn and trumpet. The entire team wrapped recording on this record in three days with minimal overdubs, highlighting the fluidity of a group that’s been together on the road, in bars and in each other’s homes, in music and in friendship.

“Long Time Exhaling was a solo project; Landing is a collaboration. It’s about trust and learning not everything can, or should, be done on my own. I’m finding the courage to lean on others and then huge gratitude that they feel as invested as I do in the work we’re doing--together.”
-Jess McIntosh, songwriter for Joybird

Joybird is the musical project of Chicago multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Jess McIntosh. A composer, lyricist and performing artist with the House Theater Company of Chicago since 2015 and Chicago Children’s Theatre since 2018, Jess enters her sixth year as a teaching artist at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, has been staff musician and teacher at Augusta Heritage Center’s Old Time & American Vernacular Dance Week (West Virginia), and Miles of Music Camp (New Hampshire and Boston). She tours internationally with Al Scorch (Bloodshot Records), has shared the stage with legendary artists Steve Earle, Marty Stuart, Chance McCoy, and Gil Landry (both of Old Crow Medicine Show), and frequents Chicago stages with bands Horseshoe Bender, Big Sadie, Glass Mountain, Little Miss Ann and members of Old Lazarus' Harp folk collective. Her original music has been featured in the silent film series, How Do We Sing? and Great Smoky Mountain Nat’l Park documentary, Horace Kephart: His Life and Legacy.

All Together Now

All Together Now is a funky bottle shop and all-day eatery and market in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood that's about good people sharing good food. Their bright, herbaceous menu spotlights produce from Upper Midwest farms and Underground Meats' smoked and cured meats, alongside a thoughtful selection of provisions: natural wine, tasty easy beer, small-producer cheese, artisan charcuterie and multi-roaster coffee.



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