The 2013 edition of Hangout is not as stacked with improvisational talent as years past, but thankfully, noodle dancing never dies. Here are some highlights from this year’s lineup.
Trey Anastasio Band
Phish guitarist and lead singer Trey Anastasio fronts this band. There are also horns. Enough said.
Sunday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Chevrolet Stage
The Black Crowes
The band’s turbulent history is forgotten for now, as brothers Chris and Rich Robinson have reconciled to tour Europe and America. It’s hard to believe, but the Southern rock stalwarts have been around so long that “She Talks to Angels” and their version of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle” are now getting airplay on classic rock radio. During the Black Crowes’ latest hiatus, Chris Robinson created the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, a band that harkened back to ‘70s era Grateful Dead more effectively than anything these ears have heard in a while. Jackie Greene will surely bring more of that flavor as guitarist and backup vocalist.
Saturday, 6 – 7:15 p.m., Hangout Stage
Warren Haynes may be the hardest-working man in rock and roll. He is a living music encyclopedia. Whether with the Allman Brothers Band, the funk project of the Warren Haynes Band, or this foursome that funnels ballsy classic rock with ease, he leaves his mark on every festival lineup he’s on. Don’t be surprised if you see him pop up as a guest on other bands’ sets, as well. The man is everywhere.
Saturday, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m., Hangout Stage
Sure, his solo project is more subdued than the live rock extravaganza that is My Morning Jacket, but if early show reviews are any indication, this will still be a scorcher of a set with classic rock, soul and psychedelic influences. Never miss an opportunity to catch this most magnetic figure in modern rock and roll.
Friday, 3:45 – 5 p.m., Hangout Stage
Any band that’s able to put on their own festival for 12 consecutive years running is worth paying attention to. Fans flock to the annual moe.down in New York every year. Moe. once played a set that lasted until 6 a.m. at Bonnaroo, so they’re capable of some special stuff.
Sunday, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m., Letting Go Stage
An up-and-coming band on the psychedelic dance rock end of the jam spectrum, the Werks throw together funk, electronic and peaky guitar in a surprisingly fresh way. Expect them to bring the late night vibe to an early Saturday set.
Saturday, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Letting Go Stage
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