Anticipation continues to build for Hangout Fest 2015 (May 15-17) after organizers announced the lineup for the weekend’s Kick-off Party, scheduled the Thursday before the festival. Each year, the separate ticketed event allows attendees the option of extending their weekend experience with an early night of impressive acts on the festival’s smaller stages.

Slide guitarist Robert Randolph, a familiar musician around Mobile, will help kickoff the 2015 Hangout Music Festival.

Slide guitarist Robert Randolph, a familiar musician around Mobile, will help kickoff the 2015 Hangout Music Festival.


The party provides a perfect way for veterans to warm-up for the weekend and newcomers to acclimate to Hangout Fest footprint and mind frame. This year’s pre-party will take place on Thursday, May 14 and will feature a nine-band lineup that will not want to be missed, especially the evening’s headliner.

The past 10 years have given rise to a number of supergroups. The Word is the latest and greatest of these sonic amalgamations. Featuring the slide talents of Robert Randolph and the keyboard mastery of John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood), the rest of the band is comprised of the North Mississippi All-Stars.

The combination of sacred steel, modern hill country, and jazz should make for an interesting set. Other bands on the lineup include Keys N Krates, Cruisr, Black Tiger Sex Machine, ASTR, Grandtheft and Break Science.

Tickets for the pre-party and the festival are on sale now at the Hangout Fest website, and VIP and travel packages are still available. While the pre-party is a separate, ticketed event for those with general admission passes, it’s included with the VIP package.