After rain delays, the 2016 Hangout Music Fest opened its gates on Friday to fans who were in urgent need of getting the party started. Friday night’s performers capitalized on this restless energy with vigorous, fan-fueled performances.
New Orleans septet The Revivalists brought their soulful roots renaissance to the BMI Stage. The genre-blending act dosed its audience with their contagious spirit as they blazed through a slew of newer tracks like “Wish I Knew You” and “It Was a Sin,” as well as older fan favorites like “Criminal” and “Catching Fireflies.”
Over on the Surf Stage, Alabama Shakes revelled in their homestate (and namesake) performance. "What's up Alabama?" Lead singer Brittany Howard asked the audience. "We have the home-court advantage tonight."
The group transferred that edge into an assertive, enthusiastic performance that moved both passerby and hardcore fans alike (though we’re seeing more of the latter these days). The homecoming performance marked the band’s first Hangout gig since 2012, when the rising unit showcased music off their debut LP Boys & Girls at an afternoon set.
Last night’s setlist included some of the band's older offerings, (people sure do love “Hold On”), but rightfully emphasized material from Sound & Color, their Grammy Award-winning sophomore album. The audience, unsurprisingly, dug "Gimme All Your Love," “Future People,” but also responded to deeper cuts like "Dunes" and "Shoegaze.”
Check out the slideshow of The Revivalists and Alabama Shakes' performances by photographer Alan Graham above.