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Dec 182013
 
The Nauts currently recording debut album in Louisiana
Dave Matthews, live at Hangout Festival (Steve Galli)

Dave Matthews, live at Hangout Festival (Steve Galli)

A jam project featuring Dave Matthews Jakob Dylan, Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan guitarist), his brother Bill and drummer Brady Blade is moving forward. The Nauts are currently self-producing its debut album at Blade Studios which the drummer co-owns in Shreveport Louisiana Dave.

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Dec 312012
 
A Mardi Gras parade, 6,000 lb lit-up moonpie, fireworks and lazer show, plus live music from The Commodores, Wet Willie Band, Hotwire, Grayson Capps, and more.

The corner of St. Joseph and St. Francis Streets in downtown Mobile will be the hot spot for New Year’s fun this year. Instead of celebrating in a “Brick House,” Mobile will hit the streets in the premiere New Year’s Eve celebration in the Central Time Zone. The Commodores will be the headlining act as Mobile rings in 2013, along with the MoonPie Drop, a laser show and fireworks from atop the RSA BankTrust Building and in Mobile Bay.

Click to see bigger and to share - 2012 Mobile New Years Eve MapThe free events will kick off with a Mardi Gras-style parade at 7:30 p.m. that will parade through downtown. Such local and regional acts as Wet Willie Band, Hotwire, Grayson Capps and others will be performing on stages in Mobile’s historic Bienville Square and at Government and Royal streets on the Austal stage in Mardi Gras Park where two of the city’s notable museums, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center and History Museum of Mobile will be offering children’s activities as the clock moves closer to the magical midnight hour At midnight, eyes in Mobile and across the Central Time Zone will be on Mobile’s Mardi Gras icon – the MoonPie. The 12-foot-tall electronic MoonPie will descend from the 34-story RSA BankTrust skyrise as the city welcomes 2013 and the beginning of Mardi Gras season. This is the 5th year the iconic MoonPie has debuted as part of Mobile’s New Year’s Eve Celebration. Whether you prefer RC Cola or a glass of champagne, ring in the New Year in downtown Mobile.

MoonPie Over Mobile Timeline

New Year’s Eve – Monday, December 31

Resolution Wall – Revelers share their goals for the New Year on the Reach for the Moon Resolution Wall in the courtyard of the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel.

7:30 p.m. – New Year’s Eve Parade
The downtown parade will feature some of Mobile’s best Mardi Gras floats and marching bands. As America’s first Mardi Gras, Mobile takes great pride in this family-friendly celebration.

Bienville Square Stage (Dauphin Street)5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Jon Miller Band featuring Tanya Madison
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Hotwire

Austal Mardi Gras Park Stage (Government & Royal Streets)
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Perfect Image Show & Band
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Elmo & the Bluesmen
9:30 – 11:00 p.m. – Grayson Capps

Main Stage (St. Joseph and St. Francis Streets)
8:45 p.m. – Opening ceremony and remarks by Mobile’s elected officials.
9:00 to 10:30 – Wet Willie Band
11:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. – The Commodores

9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. A New Year’s Eve Night to Remember
A fabulous New Year’s Eve ball featuring a great menu, cash bar, and the Mobile Big Band Society. Proceeds will benefit McKemie Place a (501c3 non-profit) homeless shelter for women. Tickets are $50 per person or $500 per table, and available at mckemieplace.org.

11:30 p.m. – Light show begins downtown
The Commodores will continue to perform as the lights of RSA Battle House Tower and the Renaissance Riverview Plaza put on a light show for the crowd.

11:59 p.m. – Countdown starts as the giant MoonPie descends from atop the RSA BankTrust Building.

Midnight – Laser and fireworks show over downtown Mobile.
In addition to the giant MoonPie and laser show on the RSA BankTrust Building, Mobile will have a synchronized fireworks show to help properly welcome 2013.

12:30 a.m. -The Commodores performance concludes.
Crowds enter downtown bars, restaurants and hotels to continue celebrating the New Year.

“We looked at several locations and wanted to bring the MoonPie Drop and stage location closer together to build more enthusiasm,” said Mayor Sam Jones of Mobile. “The combination of the great entertainment, the uniqueness of the MoonPie Drop and an anticipated large crowd have the makings of one amazing evening,” said Jones. “Austal USA, a new sponsor, and our other sponsors are making this possible and we are delighted that 20 media markets will be counting down the new year live from Mobile, Alabama.”

In addition to the smaller stages featuring local acts throughout the evening, the main stage adjacent to Bienville Square, will allow for larger crowds, better protection from the weather and great views of the MoonPie and the fireworks shows.

This year’s MoonPie Over Mobile celebration will start with a Mardi Gras-style parade featuring floats, bands and a few surprises. Afterwards, a street party of live entertainment will help draw thousands of people downtown. Crowds will be able to write their New Year’s resolutions on two giant boards and start 2013 off right. Downtown Mobile will be one giant street party that will last into the early hours of the New Year.

“Mobile’s New Year’s Eve Celebration featuring the MoonPie Over Mobile has become a cultural phenomenon in the entire USA,” said Mobile City Councilman Fred Richardson. “Just like the Commodores song, making New Year’s Eve plans is ‘Easy,’ just head to downtown Mobile for a fun and safe celebration to remember. Last year we had more than 60,000 people attend MoonPie Over Mobile and we hope to make it even larger this year,” said Richardson. “I look forward to this New Year’s Eve being the best that has ever been in our city.” First started in 2008, MoonPie Over Mobile gives locals and tourists a chance to experience New Year’s Eve with a bit of Mardi Gras flavor. Richardson is credited for creating the MoonPie Over Mobile concept.

“All eyes will be on Mobile this New Year’s Eve,” said Kent Blackinton, general manager of Renaissance Riverview Plaza and president of the Mobile Hotel Association. “We have added more family friendly activities to make this great party even better this year. With lots of fun and affordable options, we are looking to fill the streets of Mobile and the hotel rooms in the city to welcome 2013 with a bang. Television viewers throughout the Central Time Zone can watch MoonPie Over Mobile live in a 35-minute telecast on Raycom stations, but we would rather have you being part of the excitement.”

What’s New This Year?

Reach For The Moon – Resolution Wall
Dine on the world’s largest edible MoonPie from Chattanooga Bakery in the beautiful courtyard of the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel on Royal and Government streets in downtown Mobile as you toss your cares away by leaving your 2012 resolutions on the “Reach For The Moon” Resolution Wall. Make new resolutions on this giant board or on the one near the RSA BankTrust Building and start the New Year off right.

Three Stages with Diverse Acts
The Mardi Gras Park Stage at the cover of Government and Royal Streets will have live music from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. and feature Perfect Image Show & Band; Elmo & the Bluesmen; and Grayson Capps. The Bienville Square Stage will have entertainment from 5:00 to 9:00, ending with Hotwire. The Main Stage at St. Joseph and St. Francis Streets will have opening remarks at 8:45 p.m., The Wet Willie Band from 9:00 to 10:30 p.m. and The Commodores from 11:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Why a MoonPie?
Mobile is the home of America’s first Mardi Gras celebration, and the MoonPie is the favored “throw” of the hundreds of Mardi Gras maskers riding the floats during the extensive Mardi Gras parade season. MoonPies were first thrown from Mardi Gras floats in 1952. Today, Mobile consumes more than four million MoonPies annually, and has adopted the delicious treat as an informal emblem. For the MoonPie Over Mobile celebration, this southern city has teamed up with Chattanooga Bakery, the maker of the iconic MoonPie marshmallow sandwich, to create the largest electronic MoonPie as the featured attraction for its New Year’s Eve celebration. This is the fourth year an electronic version of the delicious treat will light up downtown Mobile.

Mardi Gras was first discovered in the New World in 1703 at Twenty-Seven Mile Bluff, the first settlement in Mobile. The first masked parading society, the Cowbellion de Rakin society, was formed in 1830. Mobile currently has more than 50 parading and non-parading organizations. An estimated 850,000 people attend parades, parties and other organizations associated with the carnival festivities. This number will likely increase in 2013.

About The Commodores

Formed out of Tuskeegee Institute, now Tuskegee University, in 1968, The Commodores reign as one of the top bands of Motown with seven No. 1 songs and a host of other top-10 hits on the Billboard charts.

Acclaimed for ballads like “Easy” and “Three Times a Lady,” as well as funky, dance hits such as “Brick House” and “Too Hot to Trot,” The Commodores are bringing their soulful sound to Mobile this New Year’s Eve.

The group started out as the opening band for the Jackson 5 tour in 1971, and their excellent performances on stage led to a deal with Motown. Throughout the 1970s and 80s, the Commodores released continuous hit singles and albums starting with “Machine Gun” as well as timeless hits like “Just to Be Close to You” and “Nightshift.”

The Commodores were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003. They have been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and won for the song, “Nightshift” in 1986.

Current band members consist of members Walter Orange, William King and J. D. Nicholas. Past members include Lionel Richie, Thomas McClary, Ronald La Pread, Milan Williams, Sheldon Reynolds and Skyler Jett. Though the band officially left Motown in 1985, the three core members are still active, performing their classic tunes around the world and gaining new generations of fans.

The Wet Willie Band – Hailing from Mobile, Wet Willie is a soulful, Southern rock band best known for their hit “Keep On Smilin’,” which reached No. 10 on the Billboard Chart in 1974.

Perfect Image Show & Band – For more than 18 years, this band has been a Gulf Coast favorite entertaining crowds with a variety of songs. From Motown sounds to pop and rock, even to country classics, this core group of five guys and one female vocalist does it all.

Elmo & the Bluesmen – What started as a special gig at BayFest in 2010, developed into one of the great blues bands in Mobile. These blues guys play regularly in and around Mobile and have been a favorite at the Downtown New Years celebration.

Grayson Capps – Rooted in Mobile, Capps spent more than a decade in New Orleans, developing into a revered singer-songwriter with songs of stinging tales of the Southern Gothic.

Jon Miller Band featuring Tanya Madison – Jon Miller is an imaginative singer/songwriter from L.A. (Lower Alabama). Jon was nominated for two major awards “Country Song of the Year” and “Music Video of the Year” by the international Just Plain Folks Awards.

Hotwire -A legendary dance band based in Mobile, Hotwire has played throughout the Southeast and is known as a great live band. With multiple vocalists, a rhythm section and horns, the Hotwire Band keeps crowds on the dance floor with music from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Where Will MoonPie Over Mobile Be Televised?

Raycom Media will be doing a live 35-minute telecast from MoonPie Over Mobile. It will be telecast on the following stations: WAFF – Huntsville, AL; WBRC – Birmingham, AL;
WSFA – Montgomery, AL; WDFX – Dothan, AL; WTVM – Columbus, GA; WPGX – Panama City, FL; WLOX – Biloxi, MS; WDAM – Hattiesburg, MS; WLBT – Jackson, MS; KAIT – Jonesboro, AR; KTRE – Lufkin, TX; KLTV – Tyler, TX; KCBD – Lubbock, TX; WAFB – Baton Rouge, LA; KPLC – Lake Charles, LA; KSLA – Shreveport, LA; WMC – Memphis, TN; KFVS – Cape Giradeau, MO and KYOU – Ottumwa, IA. Locally, WKRG in Mobile will air the telecast. Other stations are certainly welcome to create their own live telecast.

MoonPie Over Mobile Timeline

New Year’s Eve – Monday, December 31

Resolution Wall – Revelers share their goals for the New Year on the Reach for the Moon Resolution Wall in the courtyard of the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel.

7:30 p.m. – New Year’s Eve Parade
The downtown parade will feature some of Mobile’s best Mardi Gras floats and marching bands. As America’s first Mardi Gras, Mobile takes great pride in this family-friendly celebration.

Bienville Square Stage (Dauphin Street)5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Jon Miller Band featuring Tanya Madison
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Hotwire

Austal Mardi Gras Park Stage (Government & Royal Streets)
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Perfect Image Show & Band
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Elmo & the Bluesmen
9:30 – 11:00 p.m. – Grayson Capps

Main Stage (St. Joseph and St. Francis Streets)
8:45 p.m. – Opening ceremony and remarks by Mobile’s elected officials.
9:00 to 10:30 – Wet Willie Band
11:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. – The Commodores

9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. A New Year’s Eve Night to Remember
A fabulous New Year’s Eve ball featuring a great menu, cash bar, and the Mobile Big Band Society. Proceeds will benefit McKemie Place a (501c3 non-profit) homeless shelter for women. Tickets are $50 per person or $500 per table, and available at mckemieplace.org.

11:30 p.m. – Light show begins downtown
The Commodores will continue to perform as the lights of RSA Battle House Tower and the Renaissance Riverview Plaza put on a light show for the crowd.

11:59 p.m. – Countdown starts as the giant MoonPie descends from atop the RSA BankTrust Building.

Midnight – Laser and fireworks show over downtown Mobile.
In addition to the giant MoonPie and laser show on the RSA BankTrust Building, Mobile will have a synchronized fireworks show to help properly welcome 2013.

12:30 a.m. -The Commodores performance concludes.
Crowds enter downtown bars, restaurants and hotels to continue celebrating the New Year.

Nov 262012
 

Hangout Festival 2012 (JR)Hangout Music Festival, the now legendary, industry award-winning, weekend music festival on the pristine white sand beaches of Gulf Shores Alabama, is officially scheduled for May 17-19, 2013, according to news from the organizers.

Hangout Music Festival will also offer up a limited number of ‘early-bird’ specials for weekend general admission and VIP tickets starting Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 10 a.m.  The festival sold-out quickly last year and the year before, so this is a good opportunity to get yourself or someone like you something nice for the Holidays.

Weekend ticket price structure for the early-bird rate is as follows:

  • General Admission: $189
  • VIP: $799
  • Super VIP $1249

Don’t dilly, dally, or just hang out and miss your chance to get tix at this price, because, there’s only a limited amount. You’ve been warned.   Mark your calendar, December 1, 10:00 a.m.

As always, get more info at HangoutMusicFestival.com.

You can check out some cool pics from the last three Hangouts and listen to some of our backstage interviews here.  (Due to recent upgrades and moves on the zewsite, the thumbnails haven’t been generated, but if you click on a pic, it will ‘pop-up’).

 

Jun 082012
 
  • Mobile faves Rollin In The Hay make their Bonnaroo debut! http://t.co/I7uB9wVN #
  • Mobile's own Rollin In The Hay make their Bonnaroo debut! http://t.co/idUJWbFd #
  • Cancel your Tuesday plans and join 92ZEW at The Shed! http://t.co/N8jkdPZj #
  • Coming up at noon, an All Request Gumbo Shop along with a chance to win tickets to Chicago/Kool & The Gang on 9/2… http://t.co/hQ5HSwe8 #
  • I posted a new photo to Facebook http://t.co/GtCk7PZK #
  • #nowplaying Tired Pony 'Dead American Writers' in homage to the passing of 91 year old sci-fi author Ray Bradbury. #
  • I posted a new photo to Facebook http://t.co/yuHOqiIk #
  • Just a reminder, we're giving away those special guest passes that everyone wants to Bonnaroo tonight at Mimo's. Be there or be square. #
  • Sheryl Crow told Las Vegas Review Journal she has brain tumor. Fortunately it's benign so she feels no symptoms. Godspeed to health. #
  • Too cool….good job to everyone who helped this fella get across the road! http://t.co/FO3jzvHp #
  • You can beat the heat in our Heat themed Gumbo Shop and get even kooler by winning Name That Riff from Boteler,… http://t.co/qC4N02sF #
  • Happy 38th birthday bassist Stefan Lessard. What DMB song would you like to hear? #
  • Live coverage of Bonnaroo 2012 starts Thursday! http://t.co/BPfb9ovu #
  • So maybe next Hangout Fest we can get a return of the Black Keys with their new pal? http://t.co/EAeF2nUD #
  • Put it on your schedule now…next Tuesday, Wes Loper returns to 2nd 2uesday! http://t.co/DOSB5BNu #
  • Another chance to register for the incredible Bonnaroo Preferred Guest Experience coming up soon…keep listening… http://t.co/nuvSCnjL #

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Jun 052012
 

Sheryl Crow told Las Vegas Review Journal she has brain tumor. Fortunately it’s benign so she feels no symptoms. Godspeed to health.

Jun 012012
 
  • Get them bags packed…. http://t.co/0rWAPnMn #
  • Gird your loins….an All Request Gumbo Shop is en route! Get your faves in here and tune in as you could win… http://t.co/EY4CIHCL #
  • Our fragile egos need the strokin, so get to votin….it's Nappie time! :)

    Love, 92ZEW http://t.co/K8f81eDa #

  • Denny Jimerson sounds like he might catch this wanted criminal. However, he did not procure The Bandit….but he… http://t.co/FSZ5amuC #
  • Tickets for Skynyrd/Kenny Wayne Shepherd on the way in the Gumbo Shop on 92ZEW…crazed Bama fans can begin… http://t.co/208X6N4B #
  • Crazy sick lineup for Bonnaroo…and you could be smack dab in the middle of it! Get the Bonnaroo Artist Of The… http://t.co/uxzWQ1Al #
  • ZEW is live at ESHO Harley Davidson, mighty fine American made rides, hi quality Boom sound, service, accessories, classes. #
  • Live til 3pm. Accessory clearance today only. 5% off if u mention 92zew. Full service shop too. Very nice. http://t.co/JwCDC1WZ #
  • Sons of Fathers – live @ Yellow Dog Studios SXSW 2012 http://t.co/iSG4XVhD #
  • by the way, I-10 east and west near Grand Bay and Theodore is still a romped up mess. #
  • Coming up in ZEW Lounge, Austin TX band, Sons of Fathers live. Watch at http://t.co/kTnkbPRM. See them live tonight at the Shed. #
  • Sons Of Fathers – Band http://t.co/5mGZkGJK #

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May 252012
 

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May 242012
 

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92ZEW presents

The Parlotones

Another Free Show to get to know new artists

The Shed Blues & BBQ Joint

One of the buzz bands of SXSW, multi-platinum selling from South Africa  experiment with their sound and various structures in their songs, incorporating the typical doo-wop or traditional folk structures.  The band is known for the face make-up worn by lead singer Kahn Morbee. (Wikipedia)

May 182012
 

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