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Hangout Fest 2013 Super-Review: Saturday (MSM, YHT, MM)

28 May 2013

written by Mod Mobilian




Hangout Fest 2013 Super-Review: Saturday

You Hear This – Chris K. Davidson

Shovels and RopeI caught the very end of Shovels and Rope’s Secret Stages performance last year and was quite impressed by the simple guitar, drums and two vocals setup. Americana and country rock are back in style and Shovels and Rope delivered the goods on the Hangout Stage. When they sang about Pensacola and Gulf Shores in “Keeper”, the crowd lost it. Several O’ Be Joyful tracks came crashing through the sound system with a ferocity and playfulness that mixed Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and Velvet Underground.


Public Enemy: I was passing by the Boom Boom Tent after leaving Shovels and Rope and decided that I needed to see the legendary hip-hop group. I actually couldn’t see them through the massive crowd, but I heard their mash-up of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” as well as their classic hit “Time Bomb” featuring none other than Flavor Flav on drums.

Dirty Projectors: After my brief encounter with Public Enemy, I headed straight for the Chevrolet Stage and the Dirty Projectors, a Brooklyn-based orchestral-rock sextet that mixed guitars, drums and brilliant vocal harmonies to create a soothing, yet powerful sound. “The sand is going to be a lobster,” the lead singer stated as he looked out into the crowd, who halfheartedly chuckled. The band played a perfect mix of songs from Swing Lo, Magellan and Bitte Orca, winning over fans both new and old.


The Mowglis: This was the one time I went to the BMI stage all weekend, but it was one of my top three sets. The California band was more than eager to play to the growing crowd and their energetic mix of songs got everyone moving and dancing on the tables. Look for their new album in a few months, though I’m hard-pressed to believe that it will capture the essence of their raucous live show.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: More songwriters and critics champion Bruce Springsteen, but I will always choose Tom Petty. Maybe it’s the southern connection, but I’d also argue that he has made some of the greatest songs of the last four decades. Saturday night saw Petty play to a crowd tens of thousands strong and he commanded the night extremely well in with a laid-back delivery aided by his vocals and the musicianship of the Heartbreakers, which featured several memorable solos by lead guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench. Highlights of the set included a three song run that featured “I Won’t Back Down”, “You Wreck Me” and “Last Dance with Mary-Jane”, crowd favorite and Petty’s most well-known tune, “Freefallin’”, “Refugee”, and the encore of “American Girl”, which was swiftly followed by a fireworks display.


My Spilt Milk – Scarlett Rayner

Slightly Stoopid

The chilled out vibes of this California band fit perfectly with the ambience of the beach. Slightly Stoopid was by far the most engaging show of the weekend, with crowd’s arms swaying the entire set. When the band played “Closer to the Sun,” saxophonist Dela the guitar player Mike Doughty faced one another and almost giggled like they knew this was exactly the right song for the right place. When it was time for the last song, they shouted, “We don’t want to go!” The crowd reacted with calm disappointment that the show was over.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Tom Petty showed the crowd that he still can jam. From the Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil” to Muddy Waters’ “I Just Want to Make Love to You” to the Traveling Wilburys’ “Tweeter and the Monkey Man” that he wrote with Bob Dylan, Petty rocked. “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” was an impressive sing-along, with a crowd of more than 30,000 people gathered in the sand. Petty’s music sounded at home on the Gulf Coast and connected an audience that was there as much for the hang as for the music.


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