Stevie Wonder Closes Down the Music on Sunday
Sunday was a relaxing day to cap off a wild four days on the Gulf Coast. I started my day by working on some media, and checking out Zion I in the Boom Boom Tent. After checking out some new hip-hop flavor, I ventured over to the Letting Go Stage for a New Orleans wild card known as The Revivalists.
The Revivalists were an excellent way to gear up for Galactic on the Chevrolet Stage midday Sunday. It would be an excellent addition to the festival down the road to have both of these New Orleans bands back, and provide a late night venue to let me show off their talents to a larger audience.
The crew from Lance Herbstrong had time for an interview, so I made my way up to their hotel. We watched a little of the Imagine Dragons set before getting into the interview. YouTube Link.
Moe. pumped the crowd up on the Letting Go Stage on Sunday, May 19. I have seen Moe. close to twenty times now. It becomes difficult to count individual shows when you see them multiple times in one weekend. I love their music with a passion. They have continued to go strong for over twenty years, and I see them going for another twenty. They rocked the Hangout crowd with the wicked jams, and marvelicious grooves. Yeah, marvelicious is a made up word.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs got sexy in a provocative manner live on the Hangout Stage Sunday evening. Their set was filled with brand new music bursting at the seams. Their latest album “Mosquito” is mega hit, and will continue to be a summer classic for 2013.
Trey Anastasio Band loaded up the action and kept things going until moments before Stevie Wonder took the stage. Bloc Party and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit also helped gear up for the concluding Stevie Wonder set on the Hangout Stage.
Guests swarmed and danced late into Sunday night during the Stevie Wonder performance. The VIP area became overloaded as people did everything they could to get a good spot for Stevie Wonder. My father and I watched the show from a reasonable distance and danced to the songs we enjoyed the most. It was my second time seeing Stevie Wonder live, and I got into the second show more than my first.
Overall, the Hangout Music Festival was one of the best experiences of my life. It reminded of the brilliance that went into making Bonnaroo great during their first four years of production. Now the big question is, “Can Hangout do it for another four years?”