Being a cradle of American music and less than 200 miles west of Gulf Shores, New Orleans is a favorite getaway among Gulf Coast residents. Likewise, many NOLA artists enjoy a show on the beach and can often be counted on appearing at venues and festivals along the Gulf Coast. This year, a mix of New Orleans blues, brass and rock will represent the Big Easy at Hangout, just a few hours’ drive from their hometown.
Colin Lake, a blues singer, slide guitarist and songwriter moved to New Orleans in 2009 from his native Pacific Northwest. Lake picked up the guitar during his college years and played with bands in Seattle and Portland before visiting New Orleans for Jazz Fest 2008 and catching the bug. In 2011, he released “The Ones I Love,” an album that has added to his growing following in the city. If you are a blues fan, Lake’s performance will be an excellent forerunner to Anders Osborne later in the day.
Friday, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., BMI Stage
Recently named the Gambit’s Big Easy Music Awards Entertainer of the Year and Best Male Performer of 2012, Osborne is no stranger to accolades. Originally from Sweden, Osborne flew to New York in 1985 at that age of 19 and hitchhiked to New Orleans, where he has made a career as a blues songwriter, singer, and guitarist. Recording since 1989, Osborne joined the Alligator Records family in 2010, releasing two full-length records and one EP since then. Touring regularly throughout the U.S., Osborne will bring his dynamic stage show to Hangout for the first time this year.
Friday, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m., BMI Stage
What may be one of the quirkiest acts at Hangout, Brassft Punk is an electronically produced brass band tribute to the songs of Daft Punk. Brassft Punk is the brainchild of NOLA musician and producer The Madd Wikidd, a.k.a. Earl Scioneux III. A New Orleans native, Scioneux is a trained pianist who eventually turned to recording and sound engineering as a career, recently recording albums with Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In addition to “Brassft Punk,” the Madd Wikkid’s “Electronola” also merges traditional New Orleans instrumentation with electronic production techniques.
Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Boom Boom Tent
Formed in New Orleans in 2007, the Revivalists have quickly made a name for themselves in one of the most musical cities in the world. The eclectic blues-rock group has been playing consistently across the Gulf Coast over the last couple of years, and nationally including a stint as opening act for fellow Hangout artist Galactic. With three full-length albums under their belts, the Revivalists do not show signs of slowing down anytime soon. Their high-energy shows make them a crowd favorite, and have led to a spot on the Hangout lineup for the second year in a row.
Sunday, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m., Letting Go Stage
One of New Orleans’ most beloved bands, Galactic has combined funk with the city’s brass tradition since the early ‘90s. Their 2012 release, “Carnival Electricos,” was their ninth full-length album, and celebrated the cultural and musical traditions of Mardi Gras. The Big Easy staples play an annual Lundi Gras—the Monday before Mardi Gras—show at Tipitina’s that has reached near legendary status, and their long list of collaborators includes a host of New Orleans icons. Galactic tours almost constantly both in New Orleans and across the U.S., including numerous music festivals; if any band knows how to work a festival crowd, it is these guys.
Sunday, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m., Chevrolet Stage