I don’t know about anybody else, but I never really thought “beach and music destination” when I thought of Gulf Shores, Alabama. As the name of the city implies, it’s on the gulf, where it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever get a decent wave, but if there is anything this tiny stretch of 'Bama sandwiched between Florida and Mississippi might be good for, hanging out would definitely be it. Hangout Festival 2012 will run from May 18-20th, and while the surf may let surfers down, a glance at the lineup for this third installment of the fest suggests that the music end of the tagline should hold up better. Something noticeable about the lineup in general is that the festival environment may have that Big Kahuna beach feel, but make no mistake about it - this is the south. As most of the bands on the bill are based in the southern region, that culture will be strong and proud.
A few notables to catch:
Alabama Shakes – this band has blown up exponentially the past year or so, but it makes perfect sense they should play this festival. Whether you think they deserve all the hype or think it’s just that, there’s no denying their live show will make you move and feel.
Gary Clark Jr. - Another artist that is putting that classic soul back into rock and roll.
Heartless Bastards – “…may be the meanest-sounding, female-fronted dirty blues band in America.” Singer Erika Wennerstrom definitely sounds like someone you’d rather have on your side.
Givers – this Lafayette, Louisiana-based quintet is just bursting with good vibes, and are one of those bands that will have everyone dancing and hugging at their shows.
Dr. Dog – Northerners who know how to bring the good vibes, this Philly band really embraces the energy of making live music as much as possible, which is one of the best qualities any band can have.
Oh, and there’s something about THE FLAMING LIPS PERFORMING DARK SIDE OF THE MOON. Epic.
All kinds of ticket packages are currently on sale, including the kickoff party on May 17th, which will feature 10 good ol’ southern style bands. Friday tickets will also go on sale for morning yoga! This always sounds like a great idea in theory, but it also makes one wonder who that super festival goer is who can stay out all night and then hold their proud warrior pose with even breath at the break of dawn. A big Namaste to those who can pull that off.