FREE Beach Concert – Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band & More

It has been nearly 12 years since Jimmy Buffett played for local audiences—a 1998 fundraiser in Mobile benefited hurricane relief efforts. In just a few days, Jimmy will once again lend his musical fame to raise money for the Gulf Coast, this time appearing in Gulf Shores as a response to the oil spill disaster. The concert’s goal is to promote beach tourism and raise money for wildlife-related organizations to better respond to the crisis.

Upon learning of the fundraising effort, some of Jimmy’s friends offered to help out by donating their talents, as well. Joining Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band for this free show are the Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Sonny Landreth, Allen Toussaint and Jesse Winchester.

A large stage will be erected at the west end of the Gulf Shores Public Beach, where attendees will be able to enjoy the performances accompanied by the gentle sounds of the surf on Sunday, July 11. Gates will open at 3:00 p.m., and the first performer will take the stage at 5:00. Cable channel CMT will broadcast live from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m.

More information will be shared as it becomes available, including other star-studded, benefit beach concerts this summer.

Although admission is free, a ticket is required for entrance—and we can help. If you have a reservation with Meyer Real Estate, you are eligible to register for a pair of tickets. Multiple pairs are available, so your chances of winning are very good! Simply have your confirmation handy, and fill in the registration information by no later than 5:00 p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday, July 6. Winners will be notified on Wednesday, July 7.

To help you enjoy the free concert even more–or to make your summer vacation more affordable–Meyer Real Estate is now offering a great savings opportunity: Stay between June 24 and August 6, 2010, and take advantage of a 40% discount on condos or 30% discount on houses. Call 877-887-0461 or book online and use promo code XJUL40 for condos or XJUL30 for houses. See online for details.

(Psst…Just for the concert, 1-night reservations may be made by calling 877-887-0461. Reservations for 2 nights or longer may be made via phone or online.)

Stay informed of local activities, vacation rental specials and more by subscribing to this Discover Alabama Beaches blog and Meyer Muse, and by following Meyer Real Estate on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.

WINNER of Hangout Music Fest Weekend!

It’s official—we’ve confirmed our winner of The Hangout Music Festival Giveaway!

Excitement is building as the festival approaches! Will you be there?

When he read the e-mail indicating he had won, Robert Sinners—a master’s candidate studying public administration in Columbia, South Carolina—was apprehensive, admitting concern that it might be a joke. But after speaking with Corporate PR Director Sarah Kuzma, he soon realized that the prize was real, and his skepticism turned to excitement.

Robert’s $1,300 prize includes a 3-night stay in a 2-bedroom, gulf-front condominium within walking distance of the festival site. Along with the accommodations, Robert and a guest will be treated to three full days of nearly 60 great bands on the beautiful Alabama coastline.

When he arrives, Robert will be given a disposable camera to capture The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival from his viewpoint. We will share some of those photos with you, so be sure to bookmark or follow Meyer Real Estate on any of our social media outlets (see below).

It’s not too late! You can still be a part of this inaugural music event at the beach. See the lineup of the bands and listen to their music. Purchase your 3-day pass or single-day tickets today at Hangout Music Festival. Then save 25–33% on accommodations when you rent a condo or house through Meyer Real Estate.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of history at the first Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, during May 14 through 16, 2010!

Stay informed of local activities, vacation rental specials and more by subscribing to this Discover Alabama Beaches blog and Meyer Muse, and by following Meyer Real Estate on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.

Hangout Music Festival Shuttle, Parking and More

The Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival, May 14–16, 2010, has just announced its plan to make it easier to get to and from the 3-day weekend’s events.

Share rides, use shuttles, ride bikes - just don't miss The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival in Gulf Shores May 14–16, 2010!

For those who wish to drive back and forth from their local accommodations, parking will be available along neighborhood roads and other designated parking areas. But the number of spaces is limited, so be prepared to walk a few blocks to the festival entrance.

A better choice might be to catch one of the three shuttles that will be running from 10:00 a.m. to midnight each of the three festival days. Shuttles will accept $3 cash for each ride, or patrons may purchase a wristband for $10 for unlimited rides. Wristbands may be purchased in advance through The Hangout Music Festival site, at the festival headquarters, or as you board the shuttle.

Or do your part for Mother Earth and help cut back on air and noise pollution by renting a bicycle. The official bike rental company for the festival is Orange Beach Bicycles. When not attending concerts, ride the bike paths and explore some of the area’s beautiful surroundings.

If you’re still not sure how you will get into Gulf Shores from your hometown, and would like to share the experience—as well as money and gasoline—check out Zimride to locate people who are looking for a rider.

Event tickets—including 3-day passes, VIP passes and more—are available through The Hangout Music Festival website. Don’t know all the performers at Hangout Music Fest? We can help!

And now you can extend the fun! For just $20 more ($25 at the door) you can attend the indoor late-night concert Friday night at The Hangout, featuring Alex B, Gift of Gab (Blackalicious) and Big Gigantic.

Make your condo or house reservations through Meyer Real Estate, an official sponsor of the festival, and you can receive a FREE night!

Stay informed of local activities, vacation rental specials and more by subscribing to this Discover Alabama Beaches blog and Meyer Muse, and by following Meyer Real Estate on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.

Late April or Early May?

You already know that a beach vacation is what you want, and you need that getaway sooner rather than later. Things are hectic at home or at work—or maybe both—and it’s been a long, cold winter. You need a little “Ahhh…” factor infused into your life.

The beach offers an escape from the everyday life, even if only for a few days.

What if we offered you a chance to get a free night in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan, Alabama, or Perdido Key, Florida? Meyer Real Estate always gives you the seventh night free. (Actually, you can get your sixth and seventh nights free if you stay by May 26 – click here to get the scoop.)

Are time constraints keeping you from enjoying an entire week at the beach?

No problem! Stay just three nights or four. If you choose a condo, your third night is free. Opt for a house and you’ll get your fourth night free.

Your schedule will only allow two or three nights? Just use your free night as an extended check-out. Sleep in on that last morning, spend the afternoon at the beach, and maybe hang around for dinner before heading home again.

Not once, but TWICE in the next four weeks you’ll find a commemorative day paired with a special offer of third or fourth night free:

* Celebrate Mother Earth when you opt for the Earth Day special and stay between April 20 and 26, 2010. Enjoy nature-related activities such as hiking, biking or birding.

* Celebrate family ties when you opt for the Mother’s Day special and stay between May 5 and 11, 2010. Let Mom choose to shop, dine out or admire items at an arts & crafts fair.

Let Meyer Real Estate’s specials and extra-large variety of vacation properties make it easier to reward yourself with a much-needed beach escape!

Stay informed of local activities, vacation rental specials and more by subscribing to this Discover Alabama Beaches blog and Meyer Muse, and by following Meyer Real Estate on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.

Hangout Music Festival Daily Line-up

The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival has announced the daily line-up of bands during the May 14–16 event. Below you’ll find each day’s performers, as well as links to learn about those groups that may be unfamiliar to you.

Find out who is playing on which day in May at The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

A limited number of daily passes are now available for $82, in addition to the 3-day passes for $159 and VIP packages that start at $500. For details, visit The Hangout Music Fest website.

For terrific lodging deals, visit Meyer Real Estate’s Hangout Music Festival special. And for further information, check out blogs on DiscoverAlabamaBeaches.com and Meyer Muse.

FRIDAY, MAY 14

Zac Brown Band

Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas

The Black Crowes

Robert Randolph and the Family Band

North Mississippi Allstars Duo

Girl Talk

Pnuma Trio

Orianthi

Brett Dennen

Jeff Austin & Friends featuring Larry Keel

Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam

Honey Island Swamp Band

Rachel Goodrich

Kirsten Price

El Cantador

Ben Arthur

Hightide Blues

SATURDAY, MAY 15

John Legend

The Roots

Jakob Dylan and Three Legs featuring Neko Case and Kelly Hogan

Gov’t Mule

Funky Meters

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Jerry Jeff Walker

Ozomatli

The Whigs

Toubab Krewe

Moon Taxi

A.A. Bondy

Wild Sweet Orange

Jon Black

Rustlanders

SUNDAY, MAY 16

Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB

Ben Harper & Relentless 7

Ray LaMontagne

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Guster

NEEDTOBREATHE

Matisyahu

Keller Williams

OK GO

Blind Boys of Alabama

Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears

ALO

Matt Hires

Kristy Lee

Roman Street

Rollin’ in the Hay

The Cary Laine Band

Hangout Music Fest Lodging Special

Meyer Real Estate has made their Hangout Music Festival accommodations special even better!

Enjoy a free night in Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach (Alabama) or Perdido Key (Florida) during The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival.

Now, for your stay between May 12 and May 18, 2010, take advantage of a FREE night in ANY of the beach areas: Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach (Alabama) or Perdido Key (Florida).

When you choose to stay in a Meyer Real Estate condo, get the 3rd night free. Or bring a larger group to stay in a beach house and get your 4th night free. For more details, click on this Meyer Real Estate web page.

Enjoy 60 bands during the May 14–16 festival. Stay within walking distance of the festival stages, or hop on one of the shuttles that the festival folks are arranging. And even if you can’t stay for the free night, it will allow you to sleep in late the morning after the festival, enjoy a little more time on the beach, and head home again when you are rested and ready to go.

For a list of bands (including Zac Brown Band, Trey Anastasio and TAB, John Legend, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Flaming Lips, Gov’t Mule and many, many more!), ticket information and further details, visit Hangout Music Festival. Also read more at Meyer Muse and Discover Alabama Beaches.

Planning for the festival is easiest when you make your lodging reservations through Meyer Real Estate. Choose from the island’s most comprehensive offering of houses and condos on or near the beach.

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