Hangout Music Festival update

Remember last month when I told you about the [Hangout Music Festival]?
Well, turns out they’re even more awesome than originally thought. They announced that they are donating 100% of their profits to the cleanup efforts of the BP oil spill. How fantastic is that? Very.

Here’s the official press release:

Hangout Concert For The Coast To Donate All Profits To Gulf Coast Relief, New Orleans Benefit Added For May 16th

The Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival (May 14th – 16th) has teamed up with New Orleans concert promoter Stephen Rehage to create a two-city benefit event. All proceeds from the Concert for the Coast events in Gulf Shores, Ala and New Orleans, La will be donated to regional charities.

Gulf Shores, AL (PRWEB) May 11, 2010 — In light of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill affecting the Gulf Coast, the Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival (May 14th – 16th) will be donating all profits to regional coastal cleanup and preservation. In an effort to expand awareness and increase donations, The Hangout, along with New Orleans producer Stephen Rehage, will expand the Concert For The Coast to New Orleans. This two-city concert experience features The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama and a one-day concert event on Sunday, May 16th in downtown New Orleans. New Orleans Jazz pioneers Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be on hand at both events.

Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival May 14th – 16th in Gulf Shores, AL. Presently, the stages are being constructed upon pristine beach, but the oil slick in the gulf threatens to endanger the wildlife habitats and livelihoods of those that live in the region. “The Gulf Coast is what makes the Hangout Music Festival so unique,” says Shaul Zislin, co-creator of the Hangout Music Festival. “It is one of the most pristine coastlines in all of America, and we will donate every penny above our costs to keep it clean.”

Stephen Rehage, producer of the Voodoo Music Experience and Essence Festival is working with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and Louisiana Film Office to produce the Hangout Concert for the Coast New Orleans benefit event on Sunday, May 16th. WWOZ New Orleans Public Radio will broadcast live from both events.

The Hangout Festival is expanding its three-pronged effort aimed at Gulf Coast recovery by organizing clean-up volunteers, raising public awareness, and fundraising for the families, businesses and habitats that have been affected by this catastrophe.

Leading the The Hangout?s mission for Gulf Coast awareness is national nonpartisan organization HeadCount. Festival attendees are encouraged to visit the HeadCount booth at The Hangout Concert for the Coast Gulf Shores to write their local senators and congressmen and to bring donations and supplies for Gulf Coast relief. HeadCount will host a panel with leading environmental activists and musicians on Sunday, May 16th. More information can be found in the About section at, as well as on the Hangout Beach Music & Arts Festival’s [Facebook page].

Tickets are $159 for a Three-Day Pass and limited Day Passes are available for $79.

CONFIRMED ARTISTS: Trey Anastasio and TAB, Zac Brown Band, John Legend, Ben Harper and Relentless7, The Black Crowes, Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Gov’t Mule, The Roots, Ray LaMontagne, Jakob Dylan and Three Legs feat. Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Funky Meters, Blind Boys of Alabama, Matisyahu, Girl Talk, Guster, Brett Dennen, Keller Williams, Jerry Jeff Walker, Papa Mali & Friends, North Mississippi Allstars Duo, ALO, The Whigs, Ozomatli, OK Go, Orianthi, Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam, Pnuma Trio, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Toubab Krewe, Needtobreathe, Jeff Austin & Friends feat. Larry Keel, Matt Hires, A.A. Bondy, Rachel Goodrich, Moon Taxi, El Cantador, Kristy Lee, Roman Street, Kirsten Price, Honey Island Swamp Band, Wild Sweet Orange, Rustlanders, Ben Arthur, Hightide Blues, Jon Black, The Cary Laine Band, and Rollin? in the Hay.

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