As the Gulf Coast’s cooler months approach, many oyster enthusiasts will be slurping the delectable bivalves during what is considered their best-tasting season. In celebration, The Hangout is once again holding the Hangout Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend (Nov. 6-7). Music is an integral part of the Hangout’s “hang loose” philosophy, and Cook-Off will feature plenty of musical entertainment just as delicious as the oysters.

The Black Jacket Symphony will entertain the crowd as the craft beer flows Nov. 6. Known for its precision, the group will be performing Pink Floyd’s epic “Dark Side of the Moon” album as festival-goers sample craft beer from across the nation.

The following day, an impressive lineup of veteran chefs will compete to create the best oyster dish, as a couple of young musical acts complement the menu (see this week’s Word of Mouth column). The talented young duo Lennon & Maisy will perform, fresh from playing the characters Maddie and Daphne in ABC’s “Nashville.” Oysters and New Orleans brass seem to go together, and with this in mind, the Hangout also will feature the New Breed Brass Band.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at

Stereo Dogs’ first album
Stereo Dogs give local fans the opportunity to watch a group of talented young people grow artistically. Now this young quartet has given its hometown their eponymous debut album, featuring several original cuts.

(Photo/ High school classic rockers Stereo Dogs released their self-titled debut album last week.

(Photo/ High school classic rockers Stereo Dogs released their self-titled debut album last week.

With clarity and balance, the group’s original material is heavy on the Southern jam vibe. While each track is itself unique, the band maintains an upbeat rhythm throughout. “Here We Go” is a carefree rock number with instrumental work that shines. “Turn My Fire Blue” is an infectious number highlighted by impeccable work on guitar and piano. Considering their youth, this is an excellent first effort, and Mobile should look forward to watching the band continue to grow.

IMC releases fall schedule
The Independent Music Collective (IMC), a student organization at the University of South Alabama, is dedicated to the enrichment of Mobile’s music scene and frequently sponsor performances at West Mobile’s iconic Satori Coffee. The fall schedule begins with a performance by Tim Easton and Cary Hudson on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Otis Gibbs with Eric Erdman will follow on Friday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. The season will end with Malcolm Holcombe on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. These shows are free for USA students and a suggested donation of $5 for others.