The Hangout Music Fest returns for its 4th edition next weekend in Gulf Shores, AL and will feature such headliners as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, The Shins and Trey Anastasio Band. Shane Colman of the LMB NOLA team shares some of his picks for the must-see sets of the weekend from some of the acts playing during the daytime at the annual beach fest. – EDITOR
Grizzly Bear (FRIDAY) || 5:00 – 6:15 @ CHEVROLET STAGE
Known primarily for their lush, orchestral arrangements on such stunning records as 2012’s Shields, these guys bring a substantially powerful and atmospheric live performance. I caught them at the 2010 Nateva Festival and they were the standout set of the weekend with their ancient instruments, ethereal harmonies, and crashing crescendos. Don’t be fooled by their somewhat restrained records – these guys rock live. This track in particular solidifies them as a live force to be reckoned with, and they usually only break it out for festival sets:
Anders Osborne (FRIDAY) || 7:30 – 8:45 @ BMI STAGE
LMB favorite Anders Osborne has been a local legend of sorts in New Orleans for more than two decades, and his scorching solos place him in the ranks of the best guitarists touring today. His live show is a can’t miss every single time and no matter what else is going on, if you’ve never had the chance to see Anders play, we promise you won’t walk away disappointed. Last year’s phenomenal Black Eye Galaxy saw Osborne stretching his sound to a multitude of genres with great effect, and his set at Hangout will surely deliver the goods.
Brassft Punk (SATURDAY) || 11:30 – 12:30 @ Boom Boom Tent
One of the strangest, yet undeniably cool, artists performing at Hangout this year is the project known as Brassft Punk. Earl Scioneaux takes traditional New Orleans horns, records them, and manipulates them into covers of Daft Punk’s irrestible catalogue. He’s currently running a Kickstarter campaign to create a cover of the new Daft Punk single “Get Lucky.” If you love that track as much as I do, and throw him a few bucks…and you might even hear it at Hangout.
Galactic (SUNDAY) || 2:15 – 3:15 @ Chevrolet Stage
If The Hangout marks your first time to the deep, dirty South, then allow Galactic to be your guide to all things funky. From Zeppelin covers to the most danceable instrumental funk you’ve ever heard, these guys have it all and are always extremely comfortable playing to a massive and diverse festival audience. Having been around the NOLA scene for nearly two decades, these guys know how to throw a party.
Jim James (FRIDAY) || 3:45 – 5:00 @ Hangout Stage
The My Morning Jacket frontman’s solo LP, Regions of Light and Sounds of God, is a pseudo-concept album inspired by a 1920 graphic novel that tackles everything from our reliance on technology to deeper questions of spirituality. If that all sounds a bit too heavy for you, don’t worry because James’ otherworldly croon and his full band’s infectious grooves will get you swinging in no time. James has been playing the album from start to finish for most of this tour, so check out the album beforehand to get acquainted. You won’t regret it.
**Check out LMB’s extensive recap of Jim James’ show on 5/11 in LA here.