May 2012 is the Month for Music along the Gulf Coast

No matter what month you visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Ala., there's no shortage of live music. From mellow beach tunes to classic country and smooth rock n roll, the Gulf Coast has more than its share of great bands and musicians ready to rock

out on any day or night of the week. But, if your trip to the coast happens to be in May, there are two annual events you may want to put on your itinerary.
The annual Hangout Music Fest is slated May 18 to 20 and will boast three days of music right on the sugar-white sand beaches of Gulf Shores. More than 60 bands are set to hit multiple stages with headliners like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band and Jack White. While general admission tickets are sold out, a few VIP and Super VIP festival passes remain. Festival lodging partners are also offering tickets with accommodations while supplies last. The festival opens at 11 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m., nightly.

If you're in Gulf Shores Memorial Day weekend (May 26 and 27), don't miss the annual LuluPalooza Weekend Music Fest. In its eighth year, the family-friendly, two-day event features free concerts by Eric Lindell, Honey Island Swamp Band, Dread Clampitt, Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars and more. Held at Lulu's at Homeport Marina, there will be plenty of music, activities and great food for the young and young at heart. Music starts at 4 p.m., but you'll want to arrive early and treat yourself to some of Lulu's famous LA Caviar or a Cheeseburger in Paradise.

Not in the area on these dates? Don't fret. If there's one thing you can count on during your vacation to the Gulf Coast, it's a steady lineup of live music. Take a peek at the Calendar of Events to plan your itinerary.

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