Live From Hangout Music Festival 2011: Day 3
- Article by: Libby Funke, Photo by: Brian J. Waters of Lightning 100
- Posted: 05/24/2011
Day three is a tough day for most. Fans wear their expression on their faces. Everyone has been enjoying their time here, but Sunday is heavy with heat and humidity. It’s hard to escape the sun, especially when most of the crowd isn’t as religious as I am when it comes to sunscreen.
Bright red skin appears on every music fans, and people flock like birds under the cover of any bit of shade. Today is checkout day and drive back to Nashville day for me. I can only catch a few shows, and I don’t want to miss Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.
Directly out of New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews brings a new dimension and sound to the stage. With a trombone, trumpet, bass, guitar, two saxophones, drums and Dwayne “Big D” Williams on percussion, Shorty brings the sound of New Orleans and high-energy jazz directly to the Gulf. I move up within the crowd a total of three times, each time getting a little closer and getting a little more loose as the music penetrates my bones. Shorty even brought a tambourine man, Dylan Miles, who looks like he’s about six years old.
Shorty shows himself to be a musical powerhouse, holding notes that make me exhausted just thinking back about them. I don’t think a person strolling by could have continued walking after hearing a few moments of this musical talent. As I make my way up to the front of the stage, they cover Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.”
The whole crowd hollers and I see cameras rise up to capture the moment. Whether they were pictures or videos, I’m sure the Google searches for Trombone Shorty went up after his performance that day. I have already bought his music.
Although the day ends shortly after Shorty, I’m both happy and sad to see everything go—happy because I was able to cover an amazing distance over the past three days, and sad because who’s every happy to leave vacation?
What I do know, however, is that I’m already talking about getting more people down to Gulf Shores next year. I heard people talking about bailing on Bonnaroo to catch Hangout Fest. For only being two years old, Hangout has something special going on. I hadn’t been to Gulf Shores since family vacation 20 years ago, and I’m glad The Hangout Music Festival reintroduced me to this beach and this music, all within a short drive from home.