Home and Away
After a brief lull for recovery, the regional festival circuit picks up again. First up, the Bayou Boogaloo will transform the banks of Bayou Saint John into a three day festival of music and art. This is the tenth year of the festival and it seems to me that it has grown tremendously each year. In addition to four stages of music, there will be a 5K sponsored by OPSO and Zulu on Saturday morning. The winner of the race gets to ride in Zulu on Mardi Gras day 2016. The heart of this festival has always been the music and this year is no different. Unlike other festivals around town, the Boogaloo’s lineup is firmly based in music from Louisiana as a whole and New Orleans in particular. On Saturday be sure to check out Pirate’s Choice on the Dumaine stage at 2:15pm. This super group contains members of Toubab Krewe, Antibalas and Benyoro. They are devoted to exploring and expanding the music of West Africa. With this diversely talented group, you can never be sure what exactly they will play or who will sit in. Later that night catch Kristin Diable at 7:15pm on the same stage. I know that I sound like a broken record when it comes to recommending Diable, but she has truly brought her performances up to a new level. Her opening set on the Acura stage at Jazzfest this year was one of the festival’s highlights. Her voice and talent will be adding new sounds to the Louisiana music scene for some time. On Sunday, make sure to catch Mike Dillon’s New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium. Dillon has put together an all star collection of drummers and percussionists to battle each other (Stanton Moore, Simon Lott and Jason Marsalis just to name a few). There will be three full drum kits on stage, this will be heaven for any fan of the percussive arts.
Also this weekend, The Hangout Festival returns to the public beach in front of the Hangout bar in Gulf Shores. This festival has rapidly become one of my favorite musical events of the year. The substitution of condos on the beach for tents in a hot field may have something to do with this growing love. This year the festival is headlined by the Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band and Beck. Headlining shows at Hangout are truly excellent. The attendees all dig couches in the sand and lean back to the simultaneous joys of a setting sun and outstanding show. The whole experience is capped off with a fireworks display. Where Hangout shines the most is in its excellent booking of up and coming bands. There are few places in the south where one will be able to see the likes of Sylvan Esso, Young Fathers, San Fermin, Toro y Moi, Rubblebucket and Houndmouth all in the same weekend. This is a staggering achievement for such a small festival. I’ll be down in Gulf Shores covering the festival this weekend. Keep an eye on my twitter (@minima) for updates and image galleries. You can stream the festival live on MTV here.
To Do This Week
Get on the road to Hangout Festival, barring that head out to Bayou Boogaloo. Tonight Paramore is at the Saenger. On Saturday Bette Midler will be playing the Arena. Finally on Sunday night check out comedian Marc Maron at the Joy.
To Listen This Week
Prince is the big winner this week. He has released the entire soundboard recording from his Rally 4 Peace.
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have shared a new track via Soundcloud.
Stream Post-punk band Ceremony’s new album The L-Shaped Man via youtube
Jeff Beck drops his first studio recording in five years via CoS.