Hangout Festival – Day 3

After two absolutely beautiful days at the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, the sky opened up and unleashed quite a bit of water, temporarily postponing the festival. The rain started up around 2:00pm and quit around 4:30pm. The festival then became a free show to all.

Because of the rain, we missed our interview with Michael Franti but we did meet up with Keller Williams who played an electronica set at the Hangout bar the night before. Keller played a new song for us called “I am Elvis.”

After our interview with Keller we raced on over to the Playstation stage to catch a bit of the OK Go set. They played great versions of their hits “This Too Shall Pass” and “Here It Goes Again.” Later on in the show the lead singer Damian Kulash addressed the crowed and said “the thing about playing an outside festival during the day is this, hangouters, you don’t really feel like you’re at a rock show, it’s more like a picnic. So let’s make this more like a picnic.” He then grabbed his acoustic guitar and a wireless mic and walked into the middle of the crowd and played a song amongst his fans. It was very cool.

After a great set of music by “OK Go,” we stuck around the Playstation stage and watched most of Needtobreathe’s set which included a great Tom Petty cover and wonderful versions of “Outsiders” and “Something Beautiful”.

As hard as it was to pull ourselves away from Needtobreathe we knew we had to see some of the Ray Lamontagne set. Ray played great versions of “Trouble” and “You Are the Best Thing”.

As Ray Lamontagne was finishing up his set, people started sprinting across the beach to see the final show of the festival, Trey Anastasio with TAB. The set included a great cover of “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” with the fiddle solos done entirely with a horn section and a superb rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog.” Trey played his encore while a fireworks show blazed in the background.

The whole festival was great. Proceeds from the festival will be going to the clean up effort from to the oil spill in the Gulf. We also had a guitar signed by every artist we interviewed or ran into and that too will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the relief efforts down in the beautiful gulf coast. Thanks to all the artists we interviewed, everyone was so helpful and kind and their attitudes really reflected the vibe of the festival. Thanks to the extremely helpful event staff who, on more than one occasion helped us out of a jam. And a special thanks to Hightide Blues who were our festival friends everyday. Until next year, for Brian the web guy I’m Wells Adams and we will see you all again next year for another Hangout Festival and don’t forget we will also be covering Bonnaroo!!!


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