13 national recording artists and six talented regional bands are set to play at the beach with 92ZEW’s Countdown to Hangout Festival free concert series.
The Mowgli’s, The Wild Feathers, Unlikely Candidates, Majestico, Scars on 45, Sons of Fathers, The Misterwives, 28 North, No Sinner, Gigi Rowe, The Vagabonds, Shannon LeBre and Regional artists: Kaboom, The Volks, Underhill Family Orchestra, Joel Madison Blount, Festival Expressions, and The Mulligan Brothers.
92ZEW’s annual free concert series is a six weekend new artist discovery showcase at The Hangout in Gulf Shores, AL to countdown the days to award-winning Hangout FestivalÂ (May 16-19 on the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama and this year features the Outkast reunion, Black Keys, Jack Johnson, The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, Avett Brothers, Pretty Lights and so much more).*
The Free Concert Series starts this weekend (Friday, April 4) with Island/Def Jam artist The Mowgli’s, a 7 piece outfit from Los Angeles. Their unique brand of California sunshine harkens back to the days of the Partridge Family and the era of love and happiness. Perfect sounds for the beach, and the band is quite happy to return to the beach after playing Hangout Festival last year.
Saturday night we’ll see ATO Recording artist Majestico, whose Â modern take on vintage 60′s garage rock influences would make Little Steven Van Zandt roll a tumble. Â Rolling Stone says they’ve drawn comparisons toÂ Mick Jagger, T. Rex and the New York Dolls.Â Opening for Majestico is Kaboom, from D’Iberville Mississippi, one of the finalists in 92ZEW’s Reach for the Beach challenge to play Hangout Festival 2014. Â Regional bands were invited to submit their best to be considered. Â Members of local music media listened to at least 50 different submissions and voted on the best six to compete. Read the details on the challenge here. Â The band’s funky fusion of rock n roll chords with a dash 80′s synth beats is a raucous compliment for a night of diverse live music.
April 12 will see the return of Â UK band, Scars on 45, whose music came stateside when featured on “CSI: New York” and “Grey’s Anatomy”. Â Billboard magazine says “Strummy, harmony-glazed ditties like “Burn the House Down,” “Warning Sign” and “The Way That We Are” feel custom-designed for emphasizing moments of emotional revelation, with ingratiating folk-pop melodies and lyrics about fighting in the pouring rain to hide one’s tears.” Â GigiRowe (aka Laura Warshauer) came to the world’s attention with her wedding song written for Prince William and wife Kate Middleton (they attended college together and Kate is a sorority sister).
Opening the April 12 show will be Reach for the Beach finalist, The Volks, from Mobile AL, who will definitely get the crowd going with their garage rockin’ ways.
April 19 brings the Austin TX dynamic duo of Sons of Fathers who will definitely get the crowd going with their rousing AmericanaRock live show. Opening for them are Reach for the Beach contenders Underhill Family Orchestra from Mobile, AL. This 5 piece outfit is more of a darker side of American with a twist of moody alternative rock.
Here’s the complete schedule for Countdown to Hangout Festival Free Concert Series:**
Saturday April 5th – Majestico (from Nashville) Â (Rolling Stone magazine says “Majestico, Fitzpenn has drawn comparisons to Mick Jagger, T. Rex and the New York Dolls.“) Â with Reach for the Beach finalist Kaboom (D’Iberville MS).
Award winningÂ Hangout Music FestivalÂ is May 16-19 on the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama and this year features the Outkast reunion, Black Keys, Jack Johnson, The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, Avett Brothers, Pretty Lights and so much more, with additional artists to be announced.
**More information about the remainder of the line-up coming soon.
92ZEW Interview with The Mowglis, Hangout Festival 2013
Wild Feathers perform The Ceiling on 92ZEW bus, Hangout Fest 2013
Wild Feathers perform ‘Left My Woman’ on 92ZEW Bus at Hangout Fest 2013