photo & video by John Yingling

Willis Earl Beal @ the Hideout

Last night (Thursday, April 19), Willis Earl Beal played a sold-out hometown show at the very intimate Hideout. Unlike his recent set at the House of Blues, Willis was the centerpiece and the packed crowd cheered loudly after each song. Were you there? What did you think of the show? Check out some live video footage at the bottom of this post.

This week's Chicago Mixtape (Mixtape 062) features a live version of "Sambo Joe From The Rainbow," a cut off of Willis' debut LP Acousmatic Sorcery. CM will post a new tape on Monday, so you have until then to download the current one, which also includes tracks from Santah, Joan of Arc, Bloodiest, and others.

Willis plays the Questlove-curated "Shuffle Culture" in Brooklyn tonight. His next hometown show is a performance on Friday (July 13) of Pitchfork Festival 2012. All known 2012 tour dates and some video footage from last night's show, below...

Willis Earl Beal @ the Hideout (April 19)

20-Apr @ BAM - Brooklyn
23-Apr @ Rock N Roll Hotel - Washington, DC w/ Wu Lyf
24-Apr @ Union Transfer - Philadelphia w/ Wu Lyf
26-Apr @ Music Hall - Brooklyn w/ Wu Lyf
27-Apr @ Bowery Ballroom - New York w/ Wu Lyf
28-Apr @ Brighton Music Hall - Boston w/ Wu Lyf
29-Apr @ Il Motore - Montreal
30-Apr @ The Drake - Toronto
02-May @ Heritage Court @ Gene Autry Museum - Los Angeles
03-May @ Cafe du Nord - San Francisco
04-May @ Barboza - Seattle
05-May @ Biltmore Caberet - Vancouver
06-May @ Holocene - Portland
13-May @ Hare & Hounds - Birmingham, UK
16-May @ Tabernacle - London, UK
17-May @ Liverpool Sound City - Liverpool
19-May @ Paradiso - Amsterdam (London Calling Festival)
20-May @ Nuits Botanique - Brussels
22-May @ Ideal Bar - Copenhagen
23-May @ Debaser (outdoor stage) - Malmo
25-May @ Monarch - Berlin
26-May @ Le Guess Who - Utrecht
29-May @ Dok Kantine - Ghent
30-May @ Boule Noire- Paris
01-June @ Captain Rest - Glasgow
02-June @ Dot 2 Dot- Bristol
03-June @ Dot 2 Dot- Nottinghan
04-June @ Dot 2 Dot- Manchester
13-July @ Union Park - Chicago (Pitchfork Music Festival)
19-August @ Funkirk Estate - Skipton, North Yorkshire (Beacons Festival)