Summer is months away, but music lovers worldwide are already getting ready for the next Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, May 16-18. The Christmas season may have lightened wallets considerably, leaving many trying to figure out how they can afford to attend this year’s fest. But have no fear, pinchers of the penny! Hangout Fest comes to the rescue with a payment plan for both General Admission and VIP passes. This plan breaks down the cost of passes into four easy payments. In no time, festival enthusiasts can be on their way to Gulf Shores with a weekend pass in hand.

For those who have already purchased tickets, finding lodging for the weekend may be the next step. The Hangout Fest website currently features a list of places to hose off the sand and relax at the end of the day. Turquoise Place and Beach Club are even featuring travel packages that include admission to the festival. In addition, these accommodations are also on the Hangout Fest shuttle line. Once checked in, Hangout Festers will not have to worry about driving to the festival or (even worse) parking.

Hangout Fest is also giving festival goers a chance to “Hangout at Your Place.” Many who have enjoyed Hangout Fest’s VIP experience have watched the bands while lounging in one of their VIP pools or hot tubs, but now you can take that experience home with you. With the “Hangout at Your Place” contest, those who buy tickets before Dec. 31 will be entered in a drawing to win a hot tub from Strong Spas. Hangout Fest will also pay for the hot tub to be delivered to your home. As the world waits patiently for Hangout Fest 2014’s initial line-up announcement (expected next month), stay tuned to Lagniappe for all the latest in Hangout Fest news.

Jason Aldean must have a lot of fans along the Gulf Coast. Since Lagniappe reported his plans to perform at The Wharf, Aldean has decided to give the Gulf Coast a double-shot of his new school country sounds. Aldean was originally scheduled to perform on Sat., March 15. But now, they have added an additional night, March 14. Aldean will be joined by Florida Georgia Line, which should be a crowd pleaser. This country outfit from Monroe, La., just took home an American Music Award for “Single of the Year” for their song “Cruise.” Tyler Farr will round out this trio of modern country. Tickets are on sale now at The Amphitheater at The Wharf’s Box Office and through Ticketmaster.

Huka Productions, who recently took over booking at the Saenger Theatre, brought the historic downtown Mobile back to life when the Alabama Shakes hit the stage and performed for a sold-out crowd on Dec. 8. Now, with their latest announcement, Gov’t Mule and The Revivalists playing on Feb. 15, they have proven the Saenger isn’t just alive, it’s kicking. Tickets are on sale now, and range from $27.50 to $37.50. Check out for more details.