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Hangout Music Festival!

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On May 20th – 22nd the some of the best names in the music world are coming together in Gulf Shores, Alabama for what looks like it will be one of the best music festivals this year!  Three days of Sun, Sand and Music!  It doesn’t get any better than this!

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We had the pleasure of speaking to the man behind it all, Shaul Zislin.  Shaul told us about the all star lineup, featuring such amazing performers as, Foo Fighters, The Flaming Lips, Widespread Panic and Paul Simon!

What we love about this festival is that it is kid friendly!  Yes, a music festival that actually welcomes children! They have a lot of activities planned and music with kids in mind.

The lineup for the event is as follows:

FRIDAY, MAY 20th SATURDAY, MAY 21st SUNDAY, MAY 22nd
Widespread Panic Foo Fighters Paul Simon
My Morning Jacket The Flaming Lips The Black Keys
STS9 The Avett Brothers Michael Franti and Spearhead
Bassnectar Cee-Lo Green Girl Talk
Warren Haynes Band Primus Ween
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Pretty Lights Matisyahu
Umphrey’s Mcgee Slightly Stoopid Drive-by Truckers
Brandi Carlile Medeski, Martin and Wood Amos Lee
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Big Gigantic JJ Grey and Mofro
SOJA Xavier Rudd Old Crow Medicine Show
Railroad Earth Minus The Bear Keller Williams
Beats Antique Dead Confederate Galactic
Easy Star All-stars Mariachi El Bronx Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Greensky Bluegrass Rich Aucoin Portugal. The Man
Kristy Lee Khris Royal and Dark Matter Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights
Honey Island Swamp Band Civil Twilight Truth and Salvage Co.
Cas Haley Rival Sons A Thousand Horses
Jon Black Roman Street
LATE NIGHT SHOWS
Bassnectar w/ Beats Antique (DJ Set) Pretty Lights w/ Big Gigantic
Tony Clifton and the Katrina Kiss-My-Ass Orchestra w/ Guests
KIDS STAGE
Jambo The Verve Pipe The Verve Pipe
The Baby Grands School of Rock All-Stars Keller Williams
DJ Jimmy Boom Boom Peter DiStefano and Tor School of Rock All-Stars
The Baby Grands Peter DiStefano and Tor
Lunch Money The Baby Grands
Jambo Lunch Money
The Q-Brothers

You still have time to buy your wristbands and get in on all the action!

Go HERE to buy your tickets before they sell out!

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Robert Earl Keen, One “Happy Prisoner”

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Legendary Americana singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen is on tour in support of his latest release, the bluegrass compilation Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions (Dualtone Records). Thirty years since his debut No Kinda Dancer, and twenty-six after taking the roots genre by storm on West Textures, Robert Earl pays tribute to his favorite music and artists with amazing interpretations of bluegrass standards. Joined by the likes of Sara Watkins, Natalie Maynes, Lyle Lovett Robert Earl is in good company on his 12th studio record.

Robert Earl talks with The Backstage Beat about cooking up the title for the album, recording outside of songwriting, advocating for fair artist compensation, his appearance on the Texas Monthly cover with Lyle Lovett, and more.

Be sure to see Robert Earl Keen in concert when he stops by Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse this Saturday, July 18. He’ll be joined by Ruston Kelly as well! Get your tickets here.

Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Cost: $25 Adv/ $27.50 Day Of Show

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You Can Go Home Again: Interview with Home by Dark’s James Casto

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Today, we bring you a delightful interview with James Casto, creator of songwriter concert series Home by Dark. A regular fixture at Chukkar Farms in Alpharetta, Home by Dark will embark on a new series at the Gwinnett Center for Performing Arts on June 13 to bring the best and brightest in engaging performers to music lovers in an intimate, homey setting. James communicates the Home by Dark experience so eloquently, and it’s a great comfort to know that the music world has such a series to further bridge the gap between performer and audience.

The upcoming show at Gwinnett Center features artists JP Williams and James David Carter, both of whom James sings the praises of as brilliant, captivating talents.

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When: Saturday, June 13 at 8 p.m.

Where: Gwinnett Performing Arts Center

Tickets for Home By Dark range from $20-50 and are on sale now. Buy tickets at GwinnettCenter.comAXS.com, The Arena box office or by calling (770) 626-2464.
 
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von Grey with KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

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This Thursday, January 8, Atlanta’s von Grey head to Kennesaw State University for a special performance with the KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Not only will von Grey premiere new material with a symphonic arrangement, but proceeds from the event will also benefit KSU’s Proctor Scholarship. 

TBB spoke with Annika von Grey about the upcoming show, the band’s Loundfund campaign, and the girls’ year ahead.

Catch this amazing concert at KSU’s Bailey Performance Center. Grab your tickets here.

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