New Year’s Eve will bring a variety of celebrations to the Gulf Coast, especially at the beach. The Hangout in Gulf Shores has established a reputation for having one of the biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations in the area. This year, The Hangout will usher in 2015 with a huge party, and they are inviting the public to “Peace Out” on the beach.

Kristy Lee and Dirt Road Revival will headline New Year’s Eve on the beach at The Hangout.

Kristy Lee and Dirt Road Revival will headline New Year’s Eve on the beach at The Hangout.

The party will start at 9 a.m. with those in attendance receiving party favors as they enter. Then, the musical entertainment will ensue with three local favorites taking the stage. Kristy Lee & Dirt Road Revival will headline the evening. With her mix of soulful originals and captivating stage presence, Lee will have no problem getting the crowd ready for the midnight countdown.

The Mulligan Brothers will be lending support. Their dedicated fan base has been spinning the band’s sophomore effort, “Via Portland,” and they will be performing cuts off of the album as well as their self-titled debut. The crowd will also be entertained with sounds from Down Under. Finally, Hussy Hicks is returning to help ring in the New Year.

At midnight, there will be a champagne toast and a balloon drop, which will give the audience a chance to win two general admission tickets to Hangout Fest 2015. When the early morning munchies appear, The Hangout will provide a late-night breakfast buffet for all in attendance.

Tickets are on sale now at The Hangout. Advanced general admission tickets are $35 and VIP tickets are $50.


Mobile is mourning the loss of two well-loved local musicians. Drummer Brock Ralph Barackman was taken from the music scene on Sunday, Dec. 14. He was 47. From high school to the time of his death, Barackman remained a prominent figure in the Mobile music scene. Many enjoyed his beats and rhythms with bands such as Johnny Barbato & the Lucky Doggs, Velvet Jones, Cynthia Drives and The Jay Williams Band. Barackman’s family is asking that instead of flowers, friends should make donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation in his name.

Mobile also lost guitarist/bassist/singer-songwriter Christopher Edward Browning on Monday, Dec. 14. He was 50. Browning was a founding member of one of the Azalea City’s legendary punk outfits The Hormones. In addition to his time in The Hormones, Browning was also an active member of the band Buffalo Roam.