Steppin' Out Magazine July 2015 - Page 15

HANGOUT (continued from Page 13) Brown Band and My Morning Jacket (also veterans) were both headliners and both came sporting new album releases. The New Orleans based Preservation Hall Brass Band is no stranger to Hangout Fest either. This time they had four, that’s right, 4 time slots and were named the un-official crowd favorite. Beck made his debut appearance at Hangout Fest with a fresh Grammy under his belt. Arriving 10 minutes late he expressed regret: “Sh** nobody told us it would be like this. The kind of festivals we’re used to there’s a bunch of mud, a bunch of rain and a bunch of port-o-potties. This is paradise right here!” Reggae Royalty, Damian Marley (Bob Marley’s youngest son) was also a first timer. The crowd erupted when Damian “Jr Gong” Marley took to the stage. With dreads that nearly sweep the floor, he seems larger than life. When Marley opens his mouth it’s there… the gift passed on to him by his father. His energy is magnetic and contagious. Marley is rooted in traditional reggae but his style possesses a rhythmic pattern that sets him apart from the rest. Marley covered his father’s song “Could You Be Loved” and the crowd seemed to be in some type of trance as they sang along. Another crowd favorite was “Welcome to Jamrock”, the title track from the album that landed him a Grammy. Traditional tunes mixed with bass heavy hip-hop beats, sweet soulful harmonies from two lovely backup singers, and some solid rock’n roll guitar licks and you got yourself some serious “Phunky Reggae”. Damian Marley is definitely Reggae Royalty, a nice addition to this year’s lineup. The BMI stage hosted quite a few newcomers. The Districts, a four piece Indie-Rock band all under the age of 21 and Americana all-stars The Lone Bellow were personal favorites. Other acts included Drive By Truckers, Skrillex, Future Islands, Foster The People, Jack U, Galactic, Paramore, Trampled by Turtles, Umphrey’s McGee, Vance Joy, TV on the Radio, Father John Misty and many more. Drive-By Truckers, the boys from Muscle Shoals, are right at home on the festival circuit. With strong Southern Rock roots, these guys can hold their own. Nearly 20 years of touring has resulted in a devoted fan base and 10 records under their belt. DBT owned the Hangout stage Saturday, mixing both old and new into their set list. They too are Hangout Fest veterans, but this was the first time they’ve been granted the main stage with a prime time slot. DBT seem to still be gaining momentum despite major changes in the bands’ entire dynamic. The Truckers came back from their hiatus last year recharged and gaining speed. Saturday’s set was everything I expected and more. Songs like “Where the Devil Don’t Stay” and “Marry Me” were DBT staples while others li