92ZEW 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.
More than 60 unsigned regional artists from Pensacola to Hattiesburg to Birmingham submitted their best to get into the challenge. Â 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. Â 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: Â Lawrence Specker of AL.com; Missy Zak of Meyer Vacation Rentals (sponsoring the event); and Michelle Carroll of SouthernRambler.com; and the 92ZEW Programming Staff.
And now, without further adieu… the results!
Saturday, April 5
Saturday, April 12
Saturday, April 19
Joel Madison Blount
Saturday, April 26
Saturday May 3
The Mulligan Brothers
Saturday, May 10
The six bands will be pulling out their best to be the one chosen to play the renown Hangout Music Festival. Â 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 4thÂ â€“Â MowglisÂ with Special Guest The Misterwives
Saturday April 5thÂ â€“Â MajesticoÂ (from Nashville) Â (Rolling Stone magazine says â€œMajestico, Fitzpenn has drawn comparisons to Mick Jagger, T. Rex and the New York Dolls.â€œ) Â + Â Kaboom
Saturday April 12thÂ â€“ Scars on 45 + Gigi Rowe (aka Laura Warshauer) + The Volks
Saturday April 19thÂ â€“Â Sons of FathersÂ + Underhill Family Orchestra
Saturday April 26thÂ â€“ 28 North + No Sinner (from Toronto Canada) + Joel Madison Blount
Saturday May 3rdÂ â€“Â Unlikely CandidatesÂ Â + The Vegabonds + Festival Expressions
Saturday May 10thÂ â€“Â Wild FeathersÂ + Shannon Labre + The Mulligan Brothers
More about the Selected Artists:
- KABOOMÂ D’Iberville, MS, -Â Kaboom is an Indie-Pop band from the Biloxi, MS area (D’Iberville)..after being formed for a mere 3 months, Kaboom placedÂ Internationally in Hard Rock Rising. a Global Battle of the BandsÂ 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 -Â 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.Â They hope to come play in your town so you can join in on the experience that is The Underhill Family Orchestra. Â Â jeremy- drums/guitar/vocals -Â brian- guitar/bass/vocals -Â joelle- tambourine/vocals -Â steven-guitar/drums/vocals -Â ben-mandolin/guitar/vocals
- Joel Madison Blount, Birmingham AL -oel Madison Blount is a songwriter living and breathing in the Magic City. Â Blount manipulates air with rhythm and melody. Â Reflecting on human experienceÂ he writes songs as storiesÂ meant to offer HopeÂ and compel us toÂ sing out loud.
- Festival Expressions,Â Birmingham, AL -Â 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.Â 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 â€œFestival Expressions.â€ The album was officially released in January of 2013. As Spring 2014 approaches, the group is set to release their second studio album titled â€œConversations.â€ 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 Nevilleâ€™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 UABâ€™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 -Â 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 donâ€™t need a catchy chorus or a happy ending to win over an audience or to be played over and over. Â Â 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 Iâ€™ll be.Iâ€™ll be your rock, Iâ€™ll be your reason.Just set me free. Oh, just set me free.â€œCeciliaâ€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 â€˜do overâ€™ 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.