Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have built a reputation as a hot spot for live music and a favorite destination for performers representing all styles of music. While many local restaurants feature music to add ambience for dinner patrons, this music scene goes far beyond that.
From a famed “great American roadhouse” featuring music on three stages most every day of the year to intimate singer-songwriter showcases, there is always a place to hear live music on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Bayfront bistros, open-air cabanas and elegant listening rooms each serve as excellent live music venues here.
Perhaps the most notable musical event is held in Gulf Shores each May. Hangout Music Fest brings artists and music lovers from throughout the country for a three-day beachfront festival. Held at the Gulf Shores public beach, Hangout Fest has been hailed as one of the best music events of its kind and has brought even more attention to this beautiful beach community.
Each November, the 11-day Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival brings writers of all genres to the area to perform at more than a dozen venues on the island. Grammy-winning writers present their songs their way, and up-and-coming artists present their best compositions.
The sound of the surf is not the only music to the ears of those who visit, invest in and live in coastal Alabama. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach’s live music venues and devoted audiences – both local and from far and wide – have caught the attention of many musicians and industry executives. As business or for pure enjoyment, the music scene sure sounds good on Alabama’s coast.