Around Town: This Week In Music


Tonight The Pinettes Brass Band – New Orleans’ excellent and only all female brass band – are at Bullet’s Sports Bar.  Trumpeter Cyrus Nabipoor – who seems like he is everywhere these days – brings his quintet to the Marigny Opera House tonight as well.  This should be an outstanding show.  Tomorrow, Ariana Grande takes on the Smoothie King Center and Cicada plays Gasa Gasa.  Saturday, you can also catch the Herlin Riley Quartet at Snug Harbor for two shows.  Sunday, the Hot 8 Brass Band takes their usual slot at the Howlin’ Wolf while the outstanding Elohim opens for Blackbear at The Fillmore. Elohim’s beautiful one woman show was one of the highlights of Hangout Fest this last weekend.  Sunday you can also see JayDaYoungan at the Joy.  Monday, Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses are at The Maison you can also catch Charmaine Neville at Snug Harbor.  Tuesday you can catch Joe Jackson at The Civic or John Rankin at the Columns Hotel.  Wednesday, My Epic and Valleyheart are at Gasa Gasa and the Tin Men are at d.b.a.  Thursday, the excellent Atlanta based rocker Mattiel stops in at Gasa Gasa (check out the video for “Keep The Change” below).  Thursday night at the SideBar Johnny Sansone plays the early set while James Singleton takes the late shift.


Hangout Fest Returns:

Last weekend Hangout Fest turned 10 years old with another great weekend of music. Other than the first year, I’ve managed to make it to every Hangout weekend so far.  It’s fun to watch events like this mature over time.  The renovation of the public beach area of Gulf Shores has done a fair bit to improve the festival’s footprint.  I’m especially fond of the Sunset Stage, which features emerging artists in a sprawling grass field.  This year the best things I saw were down in the smaller fonts on the poster.  Superorganism set things in motion Friday afternoon with a wonderfully playful set.  They were followed by excellent sets from Bishop Briggs and RDGLDGRN – who were able to get up close and personal at the Sunset Stage.  On Saturday, Jade Bird positively stole the show with a stunning set on the Mermaid Stage.  Her voice is so huge live it is hard to believe.  On Sunday, Elohim did a high intensity set in the Boom Boom Tent immediately before King Princess’ set but Spencer Ludwig ran away with the day.  His brand of high energy pop and stage antics were perfect for the Mermaid space.  He ended the show by crowd surfing while distributing slices of pizza (it was less weird than it sounds).  Hangout has settled into a really comfortable groove where they continue to innovate but keep the core of beach experience in tact.  It’s a great weekend away.  Can’t wait to see what they have in store for next year.


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