LuLuPalooza 2012

If you can’t squeeze in enough live music during your busy evenings, you will be ecstatic to learn about the free shows at LuLuPalooza this Memorial Day Weekend at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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Great music, great fun! LuLuPalooza May 26 and 27, 2012 at LuLu's in Gulf Shores.

Starting at noon Saturday and again Sunday (May 26 and 27), four bands are scheduled each day. You’ll hear soul, blues, R&B, funk, gospel, punk, jazz, rock, roots and pop, sometimes all within the same song. The artists are from New Orleans, Florida, Texas, and even Australia: Honey Island Swamp Band, Eric Lindell, The Lee Boys, Geoff Achison, Roddie Romero and The Hub City All-Stars, Dread Clampitt, Bonerama, and Pat McCann. Take a look at our Concerts & Music page to find out who is playing when.

And all the time you are listening (when you can take a break from dancing), you can be enjoying the food for which LuLu’s is so well known. From appetizers to burgers and sandwiches to seafood, the fresh tastes will have your senses dancing. (Food allergies? Ask for any of their six special allergy menus.)

Between meals, kick back with a favorite drink from the full bar, including their original Loopty Lu or LuLu’s World-Famous Bushwhacker. And spend some time marveling over the talents of Frenchy, a renowned live performance painter.

Can’t make it this weekend? LuLu’s has live music every evening, and sometimes in the afternoon, too! Plan to come for a beach getaway any time, and make a visit to LuLu’s a must-do on your activity list. Check out the current specials on condos and houses in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan, Alabama, and Perdido Key, Florida.

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Ben Sollee at The Hangout

Which of these things doesn’t belong?

Ben Sollee, cello, music, The Hangout, Gulf Shores, Alabama

Ben Sollee's "Ditch the Van" tour rides through The Hangout in Gulf Shores at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2011.

A) cello
B) bicycle
C) smile
D) ticket money

Let’s explore the list.

The cello is the instrument of choice for musical artist Ben Sollee. Influenced by his classical training, his grandfather’s bluegrass music, his father’s R&B guitar style and today’s pop/folk/alternative/world music, Ben has crafted what feels like an entirely new genre of music that requires the cello to mimic other instruments. His effortless vocal tones and impassioned lyrics are grounded by his bow as his fingers dance on the strings. Beautifully balanced percussion completes the minimalist ensemble sound.

The bicycle is the mode of transportation for Ben Sollee’s “Ditch the Van” tour. Ben— along with percussionist Jordan Ellis, the tour manager and a crew member—created this rather unusual caravan to feel more connected to the people and places where they play. It requires them to slow down and appreciate the communities, to connect to the world in a more personal manner than is possible in the typical van, bus or truck that speeds touring performers along the interstate highways from one venue to the next.

A smile is, by generally accepted definition, “a facial expression characterized by an upward curving of the corners of the mouth, indicating pleasure.” You’ll find one on the face of Ben Sollee, a natural response to the pure joy he feels when creating and sharing his music. You’ll also find a smile on the face of each person who has chosen to be present for the concert. It will be seen as an expression of interest, appreciation, encouragement and bliss as the music transports each listener to another realm.

It must be obvious by now that the ticket money is the one thing from our list that doesn’t belong. That’s right—this is a free performance hosted by The Hangout in Gulf Shores. You could pay to experience Ben Sollee’s artistry at any number of other tour stops, but it’s an extra bonus to use that money to feed your earthly body while Ben and company feed your musical soul.

On Wednesday, November 2, at 7 p.m., you’ll fully understand the combination of a cello, a bicycle and a smile. Oh, it won’t require any effort—the moment Ben Sollee takes the stage, you’ll know it was meant to be.

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LuLuPalooza!

Memorial Day Weekend brings many opportunities for parties and get-togethers. LuLuPalooza promises to be a highlight among all the gatherings, so if you are in the Gulf Shores area, you’ll definitely want to be a part of this musical jamboree.

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LuLuPalooza - SIX bands on May 28 and 29 at LuLu's in Gulf Shores!

Saturday, May 28, brings to the stage Cornbred from 1 until 3 p.m., followed by Soul Rebels Brass Band at 4 until 5:30, then Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes beginning at 6:30.

Sunday, May 29, begins with David St. Romain from 1 until 4 p.m., then Randall Bramblett from 5 until 6:30 p.m., and finally Paul Thorn at 7:30.

See the LuLu’s talent information on Meyer’s Concerts & Music page for descriptions of the artists and to listen to their music.

Note: It will be difficult to choose just one act to enjoy in person, so go ahead and plan to spend both days and evenings at LuLu’s at Homeport Marina. Don’t worry about food or drinks throughout the day—LuLu’s offers a wonderful menu for all ages, Plus, you can let your young ones play in the sandbox kids area while the young-at-heart enjoy the music.

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Mac Walter—No Ordinary Talent

It’s not every day that you get to experience up-close a guitar virtuoso who developed his own fingerstyle approach to incorporate into folk, jazz, country, rock and blues.

Mac Walter, guitar, concert, Beach CITE Studios, Orange Beach, Alabama, Gulf Shores

Folk, swing, jazz and more by virtuoso guitarist Mac Walter who uses his own fingerstyle method to create masterful music.

But it’s not an everyday kind of talent that brought Mac Walter to the forefront. Although already playing ukulele at age 15, he was encouraged to explore the guitar. Three months later he was playing in a band and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His fascination with music led him to study at Berklee College in Boston and then continue his studies with inspiring, hard-driving teachers, and Mac is now a role model to the next generations of true guitarists.

Beach CITE Studios—located at SanRoc Cay in Orange Beach, Alabama—is offering you an opportunity on Friday, April 22, 2011, to see, hear and feel the passion that exudes from the heart and fingers of Mac Walter.

As seating is limited at this intimate venue, call 251-981-1989 now to claim chairs for you and your friends. The entertainment begins at 7:30; your donation for admission will be accepted beginning at 7:00.

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Ragtime Piano at Beach CITE Studios

You might recognize the name of the pianist/composer Scott Joplin. The titles “Maple Leaf Rag” or “The Entertainer” may be familiar. You probably would know “The Entertainer” to hear it even if you don’t recognize the title—it was well-received when it was written in 1902, burst into popularity again in 1973 as the theme music for the Oscar-winning movie The Sting, and is still heard today in commercials, video games and more.

Bobby VanDeusen, ragtime piano, Beach CITE Studios

Vibrant, masterful renditions of ragtime piano music will be heard at Beach CITE Studios Wednesday, April 6, 2011.

This style of music is known as ragtime, and encompasses the era of the early 20th century. It is recognized, along with the blues, as one of the greatest influences on the early development of jazz. But rather than the melodic and harmonic explorations of jazz, ragtime frames its rhythmic syncopation around more traditional harmonies.

On Wednesday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m., you will be gently and masterfully coaxed back a century by pianist Bobby VanDeusen. A classically trained pianist, Bobby honed his ragtime and stride styles while with the Delta Queen Steamboat Company. His amazingly gifted fingers have allowed him to headline in Branson, Missouri; play jazz in New Orleans with Al Hirt and Pete Fountain; travel the country as a featured entertainer with Hilton Hotels; and most recently tour with civic orchestras as the soloist in George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Your opportunity to hear this amazing talent and get lost in the sounds of a bygone era is here. The folks at Beach CITE Studios—located in SanRoc Cay, Orange Beach, Alabama—are looking forward to welcoming you to their Listening Room to hear the dazzling sounds of Bobby VanDeusen. Seating is limited, so it’s best to call ahead (251-981-1989) to reserve your spot. Admission is by donation at the door, which will open at 7:00.

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Road to Hangout

To get audiences even more excited for the three-day Hangout Music Fest (May 20–22, 2011), a series of free concerts will be offered at The Hangout in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Road to Hangout Music Fest, Gulf Shores, Alabama

The road to great music at Hangout Music Fest is paved with great FREE music at The Hangout in April and May!

Thanks to a partnership between The Hangout, 92 Zew Radio and Meyer Vacation Rentals, beginning April 2, each Saturday will bring a terrific band for a special performance at 7:00 p.m. See the April lineup below:

April 2  —  The Rez

April 9  —  Brian Wright

April 16  —  Seven Day Sonnet with guest Halo Stereo

April 23  —  Halo Stereo with guest Pale

April 30  —  Caleb Lovely with April Smith and The Great Picture Show

The May lineup is still being finalized, so stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, grab your friends and party to some terrific music plus good food and drinks on the beach!

For band and concert info at The Hangout and for Hangout Music Fest, follow the Meyer/Hangout Twitter feed. Stay informed of Gulf Shores/Orange Beach activities, vacation rental specials and more by subscribing to this Discover Alabama Beaches blog and Meyer Muse, and by following Meyer Real Estate on TwitterFacebook and MySpace.

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