Finalists Announced for Regional Band Competition to Play Hangout Festival

92ZEW Reach for the Beach Band Competition92ZEW and The Hangout’s Reach for the Beach contest now has six contenders to see who will play and hang backstage like a rockstar while schmoozing at Hangout Music Festival 2014.

Countdown to Hangout Music Festival Free Concert Series

More than 60 unsigned regional artists from Pensacola to Hattiesburg to Birmingham submitted their best to get into the challenge.  The judges spent at least eight hours listening and voting by secret grade scale from 1-5. Numbers were averaged to get the top 6.

Each of the finalists will perform at least a 30 minute set to open for the national recording artists in the Countdown to Hangout Fest Free Concert Series.  Each band will get votes via fans at the venue and participating judges. Results will be calculated at the end to find out who will play.

Thank you for lending your ears to guage:  Lawrence Specker of; Missy Zak of Meyer Vacation Rentals (sponsoring the event); and Michelle Carroll of; and the 92ZEW Programming Staff.

And now, without further adieu… the results!



Saturday, April 5

Kaboom, D'Iberville MS,

Kaboom, D’Iberville MS, will open the series Saturday, April 5, opening for ATO Recording artist Majstico.

The Volks

Saturday, April 12
he Volks of Mobile, a 3 piece garage rockin' southern style with aromas of the British Invasion.

The Volks of Mobile, garage rockin’, southern style with aromas of the British Invasion.

Underhill Family Orchestra

Saturday, April 19
Mobile's Underhill Family Orchestra will be opening for Austin band Sons of Fathers.

Mobile’s Underhill Family Orchestra will be opening for Austin band Sons of Fathers.




Joel Madison Blount

Saturday, April 26

Joel Madison Blount, brings his band in from Birmingham to open for 28 North and No Sinner

Joel Madison Blount, brings his band in from Birmingham to open for 28 North and No Sinner

Festival Expressions

Saturday May 3

Festival Expressions will open for open for the Unlikely Candidates and The Vegabonds May 3 at The Hangout

Festival Expressions from Birmingham, will open for open for the Unlikely Candidates and The Vegabonds May 3 at The Hangout

The Mulligan Brothers

Saturday, May 10

Mulligan Brothers will open for The Wild Feathers and Shannon LeBre

Mulligan Brothers will open for The Wild Feathers and Shannon LeBre


The six bands will be pulling out their best to be the one chosen to play the renown Hangout Music Festival.  So bands, call the troops, fans, family, friends & frenemies to go, cuz they gotta be at the show to vote.

Thanks to all the mighty talented artists who submitted their stuff.

Friday April 4th – Mowglis with Special Guest The Misterwives

Saturday April 5th – Majestico (from Nashville)  (Rolling Stone magazine says “Majestico, Fitzpenn has drawn comparisons to Mick Jagger, T. Rex and the New York Dolls.“)   +   Kaboom

Saturday April 12th – Scars on 45 + Gigi Rowe (aka Laura Warshauer) + The Volks

Saturday April 19th – Sons of Fathers + Underhill Family Orchestra

Saturday April 26th – 28 North + No Sinner (from Toronto Canada) + Joel Madison Blount

Saturday May 3rd – Unlikely Candidates  + The Vegabonds + Festival Expressions

Saturday May 10th – Wild Feathers  + Shannon Labre + The Mulligan Brothers

More about the Selected Artists:

  • KABOOM D’Iberville, MS, - Kaboom is an Indie-Pop band from the Biloxi, MS area (D’Iberville)..after being formed for a mere 3 months, Kaboom placed Internationally in Hard Rock Rising. a Global Battle of the Bands that puts bands from every Hard Rock Cafe market on a Global Platform to compete. Finishing 1st in the US, over every major market and 3rd worldwide in the online rounds (from ‘lil ‘ol Mississippi!)Kaboom has made major waves regionally. Fusing the spirit of 80’s throwback dance tunes and modern rock, Kaboom packs shows, shakes butts and perks the eyes at every show, using a unique take on Steampunk.
    From House of Blues to major festivals, Kaboom is proving to be grass roots effort that is guaranteed to win over every listener.
  • The Volks, Mobile AL
  • UnderHill Family Orchestra, Alabama - The Underhill Family Orchestra is a rowdy, enthusiasticly heart-felt rock n roll band from Mobile, AL. Combining elements of unique vocal stylings with soulful beats and rambunctious instrumentation, their live performances keep you dancin’ all night and leave you tappin’ your toes on the way home.They released their debut album “This Is…” in late June of 2011 and since then have maintained a rigorous tour schedule. They continue to write, travel, live, work and bang on pots and pans together. They hope to come play in your town so you can join in on the experience that is The Underhill Family Orchestra.   jeremy- drums/guitar/vocals - brian- guitar/bass/vocals - joelle- tambourine/vocals - steven-guitar/drums/vocals - ben-mandolin/guitar/vocals
  • Joel Madison Blount, Birmingham AL -oel Madison Blount is a songwriter living and breathing in the Magic City.  Blount manipulates air with rhythm and melody.  Reflecting on human experience he writes songs as stories meant to offer Hope and compel us to sing out loud.
  • Festival Expressions, Birmingham, AL - Festival Expressions is a band from Birmingham Alabama that formed in the summer of 2011. Their music integrates multiple genres including Rock, Jazz, Funk, Organic Electronica, and Jam creating a completely original sound. Festival Expressions is best known for their unique songwriting & energetic live performances. Over the years the band has made an effort to perform at as many charity events as possible. Giving back to the community is an important part of the FestEx agenda.Throughout 2012 the band wrote, recorded, and produced their first studio album titled “Festival Expressions.” The album was officially released in January of 2013. As Spring 2014 approaches, the group is set to release their second studio album titled “Conversations.” A release date is yet to be determined.Festival Expressions has opened for Tim Reynolds TR3, JJ Grey & Mofro, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk. The band has also shared the stage with The Emmit-Nershi Band, Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, and Col. Bruce Hampton at the 2012 Red Clay Revival Arts and Music Festival. In 2012 Festival Expressions was honored with the opportunity to record one track with Ken Scott of Abbey Road Studio at UAB’s Audiostate 55. The group also headlined The Birmingham Arts and Music Festival(2012), The Sloperfest Climbing and Music Festival(2013), Tunes Against Typhoons(2014) and The Alabama Mountain Games(2014).
  • The Mulligan Brothers, Mobile AL - The Mulligan Brothers self-titled debut album begins with a mournful fiddle supported by the steady undercurrent of bass and drums. As Ross Newell begins his haunting tale of forbidden plantation love, it is clear that the song will end in death and heartbreak, but well-written songs don’t need a catchy chorus or a happy ending to win over an audience or to be played over and over.   She was born into subjection. She was born without a say.He was her first and only revelation that she might not die that way.I will love you all the seasons. What you want is what I’ll be.I’ll be your rock, I’ll be your reason.Just set me free. Oh, just set me free.“Cecilia”The Mulligan Brothers, from Mobile and Baton Rouge, is Newell on lead vocals and guitar, Gram Rea on vocals, fiddle, mandolin and harmonica, Greg DeLuca on drums and Ben Leininger on upright suitcase bass (all can sing lead or harmony). Their name represents a second chance for the four musicians who finally found the combination that is right for them. “A Mulligan in golf is a ‘do over’ and that is what this band is for us,” says Rea. “We wanted a chance to figure this out the right way.”Their music crosses borders between folk rock, Americana and country, giving Newell the unhurried space to sing about escaping the miseries of life with a soul that isn’t worth much these days, a woman he loves who calls him by another man’s name, and pleading with God to bring tomorrow to wash away today.