Although some of my friends resent Austin because Cyril has defected there, I still love the city and was happy to visit for my 3rd round of the ACL festival with my brother (we did the 1st and 3rd together, but I missed the 2nd for a wedding and the 4th for K-Bitch). It’s a pretty good festival to me because I enjoy Austin music, if not as much as NO’s. For that reason, I expect, I don’t like the fest quite as much as JazzFest, but it’s solid (and infinitely better than it’s first year, when astronomical lines and sand burrs made the event pretty unpleasant).
Quick review: Top act was Gnarls Barkley. I know some folks don’t like them, and I’d only really heard Crazy, but I was intrigued. Great showmanship, great humor, great tunes. The whole band came out in nerdy costumes and lab coats and opened with She Blinded me with Science. Nice. C-Lo was a little to chatty for my taste, but there was some serious energy up there.
Other quality sets: Thievery Corporation; TV on the Radio; Kings of Leon; Matisyahu (surprised how much I liked him, but I don’t know why he speaks with a Brooklyn accent but sings/raps with a Jamaican one); Son Volt; Tom Petty (what we caught of him before the deluge).
Bummed by the lack of volume for the Van Morrison & Willie Nelson sets.
Great to see my brother; nice to have that tradition. And this year it only approached 100 degrees. Also had a nice chance to catch up with Joe & Karen (& Jack & Lucy) and to see Mark’s old high school crew, Bret, Steve, & Lawrence.
Ready for next year.