Review Roundup: Hangout Music Festival 2011

via Press-Register/David Ferrara

The crowd jamming the second Hangout Music Festival seemed to stay until the very end.The sun began to set Sunday as Ohio rockers The Black Keys took the stage to a roar and a wave of outstretched arms that seemed to spread across the entire beachfront. A little while later, headliner Paul Simon grabbed his guitar on the main stage at precisely 9 p.m., and just a few songs in, declared it “a beautiful night.” [Read the rest of the review…]

via Paste Magazine/Josh Jackson

It was only the second year of the Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Ala., but it felt like the arrival of a major festival. After selling approximately 15,000 tickets last year—and rain scaring off a number of those attendees—this year saw crowds closer to 35,000 partying on the beach with The Flaming Lips, My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys, Foo Fighters and Paul Simon. [Read the rest of the review…]

via GoPensacola

As the final day dawned on the 2011 Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala., music fans were happy, excited … and exhausted. Some questioned whether they’d make it as far as Sunday headliner, legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Paul Simon. [Read the rest of the review…]

via Offbeat Magazine

The perpetually barefoot Keller Williams impressed the crowd and confirmed my belief that he is one of the most talented solo acts touring today. It’s fun to watch him experiment with noise, whether he’s testing out his guitar or laying down a bass line. Beyond his musical abilities, which I’ve written about before, he has a knack for making the audience giggle. “Thanks for hanging out with me at Hangout Fest,” he said shyly, then grinned later and boasted about getting in for free. [Read the rest of the review…]


Born during a sweaty, backstage, Bonnaroo downpour, the editor-in-chief's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to every great festival that this wide world has to offer. While his identity remains a mystery, you may have already met him, probably when he helped himself to your party favors.

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