The Road to the Hangout is getting ever so shorter. Ultimately, one regional band will be selected to perform at the epic Hangout Music Fest through 92 Zew’s “Reach the Beach” contest.

This time, the crowd at The Hangout restaurant will get to sample sounds from Birmingham’s Festival Expressions (Reach the Beach finalist). This group’s sound harkens back to the days of jam rock before live looping and electronic elements became a staple in the genre. Their organic rock is showcased on their self-titled debut album.

Road to hangout Vega Bonds

The Vegabonds will be joining Festival Expressions. Their delicate balance between rock and country makes this band a Southern rock revival for the modern age. Currently, the band has been touring worldwide promoting their roots rock with their latest release “Southern Sons.”

The Unlikely Candidates will complete this rock trio. This Fort Worth, Texas, band used 2013 to promote cuts off of their EP “Follow My Feet.” This release is a collection of modern day alt rock anthems that maintain a grand ambiance without being too epic.

Road to the Hangout, featuring Unlikely Candidates, The Vegabonds, Festival Expressions
Date: Saturday, May 3, at 6 p.m.
Venue: The Hangout, 101 E. Beach Blvd. in Gulf Shores,
Tickets: Free