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Regardless of your taste in music, proximity to the coast or views on the Festival Scene, what the Hangout Music Festival is planning to do to help fight the Deepwater Oil Spill is something to be shared. From May 14th-15th, the Hangout Festival will take place in Gulf Shores, Alabama, featuring lives acts ranging from Trey Anastasio and The Flaming Lips, to Girl Talk and The Roots. ALL profits from the event will go directly to helping preserve and clean-up the local shoreline. They’ve also added a one-day event on May 16th in New Orleans, where again all proceeds will be donated to the cause.

It’s not an easy time for music fests in general, with several large, annual events being cancelled over the last few years. For an event like this to be so selfless is truly unique – cheers to their efforts.

May 14th – 16th, 2010 ~ Gulf Shores, Alabama ~

In light of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill affecting the Gulf Coast, the Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival (May 14th – 16th) will be donating all profits to regional coastal cleanup and preservation. In an effort to expand awareness and increase donations, The Hangout, along with New Orleans producer Stephen Rehage, will expand the Concert For The Coast to New Orleans. This two-city concert experience features The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama and a one-day concert event on Sunday, May 16th in downtown New Orleans. New Orleans’ Jazz pioneers Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be on hand at both events.

Presently, the stages are being constructed upon pristine beach, but the oil slick in the gulf threatens to endanger the wildlife habitats and livelihoods of those that live in the region. “The Gulf Coast is what makes the Hangout Music Festival so unique,” says Shaul Zislin, investor and co-creator of the Hangout Music Festival. “It is one of the most pristine coastlines in all of America, and we will donate every penny above our costs to keep it clean.”

Stephen Rehage, producer of the Voodoo Music Experience and Essence Festival, is working with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and Louisiana Film Office to produce the Hangout Concert for the Coast New Orleans benefit event on Sunday, May 16th. WWOZ New Orleans Public Radio will broadcast live from both events.

The Hangout Festival is expanding its three-pronged effort aimed at Gulf Coast recovery by organizing clean-up volunteers, raising public awareness, and fundraising for the families, businesses and habitats that have been devastated by this catastrophe.

Leading the The Hangout’s mission for Gulf Coast awareness is national nonpartisan organization, HeadCount. Festival attendees are encouraged to visit the HeadCount booth at The Hangout Gulf Shores to write their local senators and congressmen and to bring donations and supplies for Gulf Coast relief. HeadCount will host a panel with leading environmental activists and musicians on Sunday, May 16th. More information can be found in the About section at www.hangoutmusicfest.com