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HankFest originally began as a house party on the north side of Chicago, hosted by somed friends who loved great music and great food. The format was as simple as a bucket with a hole in it: To celebrate Hank Williams' birthday (Sept. 17), they invited a bunch of friends (mostly musicians & writers) to get together and play "All Hank - All Nite." What's more, in honor of one of Hank's tastiest tunes, they cooked some of the best jambalaya anyone had ever tasted (or so everyone claimed).

The party was such a hoot, everyone wanted to do it again — the first official HankFest 2003 was staged at Schubas Tavern in Chicago. As the party grew, it also attacted great musicians such as Bloodshot Records Artists Jon Langford (Waco Brothers) and Kelly Hogan, plus more related things such as a lookalike contest, "Ghost Writers In The Sky" songwriting contest and even professional chefs competing in a Jambalaya Cookoff. 2005 saw HankFest wrap up its Chicago legacy with a 2-day outdoor party, hosted by Wishbone Restaurant in Chicago's hot West Loop (1 block east of Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios).

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