Andrew Bird @ the Bell House in Brooklyn (more by David Andrako)

Andrew Bird, fresh off a surprise appearance at the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival in NYC on Sunday night, just sent out a letter. Here it is...

Autumn beckons!
Crispy fall air. Chilly nights.

We wish our dear friends at the HIDEOUT a HAPPY 15th BIRTHDAY and we hope to see you ALL in Chicago THIS SATURDAY the 24th for the 15th annual Block Party! Andrew's favorite venue in Chicago, perhaps on planet earth, is part of what makes Chicago such a great place.

We have a sunny day forecast for an amazing lineup including Mavis Staples, Booker T and the MGs, Big Freedia, Opera-matic, and oodles more. Andrew's evening set will have a slew of surprises, special guests, and a duet with a very unusual creature. That's all I am saying. While you are there, stop by the Rock for Kids tent and donate a few bucks to the excellent work they do bringing music to underprivileged kids in Chicago - we love them. This will be Mr. Bird's only band show in Chicago this year, don't you dare miss it.

Could that unusual creature be a muppet??? We'll find out Saturday. Block Party tickets are still on sale. All AB tour dates, including the two coming at up at the Museum of Contemporary Art in December, below...

Andrew Bird -- 2011-2012 Tour Dates
Sept 24 (Sat) o Chicago, IL | Hideout Block Party
Oct 12 (Wed) o Rochester, NY | Harro East Ballroom *
Oct 13 (Thu) o Troy, NY | Troy Savings Bank Music Hall *
Oct 14 (Fri) o Concord, NH | Chubb Theatre @ Capitol Center for the Arts *
Oct 15 (Sat) o Skowhegan, ME | Skowhegan Opera House *
Oct 17 (Mon) o Poughkeepsie, NY | Bardavon 1869 Opera House *
Oct 18 (Tue) o Binghamton, NY | Osterhout Concert Theater @ Anderson Center *
Oct 20 (Thu) o Northampton, MA | Calvin Theatre *
Oct 21 (Fri) o Tarrytown, NY | Tarrytown Music Hall *
Oct 22 (Sat) o Wilmington, DE | Grand Opera House *
Nov 15 (Tue) o Anchorage, AK | Atwood Concert Hall @ Alaska Ctr for Performing Arts
Dec 03 (Sat) o Minneapolis, MN | First Avenue (PRESALE)
Dec 21 Chicago, IL | Museum of Contemporary Art
Dec 22 Chicago, IL | Museum of Contemporary Art
Jan 12 (Thu) o Honolulu, HI | The Hawaii Theatre (PRESALE)
* DOSH to support

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