The festival fare was just amazing -- the food truck mentality is definitely my kind of noshing. These delicious, quick bites available at booths were easy to fill up on until the next break in your schedule: tacos/tamales, BBQ, and fried chicken (yum y'all!) I also learned to truly enjoy a frosty, cold beer from a can and that water can come from a carton (as it says on the side here, boxed water is better!)
Yes, the crowds were crazy large at times. We knew that would be the case but it's different to be in the middle of all of it. A quick walk could turn twice as long, in order to wade through the throngs. It certainly made for interesting people watching, as people came in capes and costumes donned in Mexican Sombreros or Panama hats. I was surprised at all the band t-shirts, a decidedly uncool thing up North, although I love merch of any kind. There were bands of all genres and level of hipness, worn by proud fans of all ages. I also spotted plenty of Star Wars references and clever sayings ("Keep Calm & Chive On" and "Pluto: Never Forget" for example). We even saw two gals in Giants football jerseys, to which my camera guy Paul said, "Way to stand out in this crowd" since we were in Dallas Cowboys territory. With all the music going on, there was a tent full of people in front of the TV with that team playing what turned out to be a heart-breaking loss.
|Scaled Down State Capital|
Here's my picks:
1) Franz Ferdinand (my longing to see them helps but what a great show, start to finish)
2) Okkervill River (somewhat of a discovery for me, so thrilled to dig into something new)
3) Atoms for Peace (huge fan of Thom Yorke's solo work as well as Radiohead, love his voice too plus this group was absolutely incredible live -- you could feel the earth shake with the bass)
4) The Cure (such a pleasant surprise to find these 80s hits standing the test of time)
Austin is an amazing place full of people who really treasure live music -- what a wonderful thing. They came to listen and chat with each other whether local or not, it just did not matter as everyone was so friendly and outgoing. (Without provocation I actually heard that line about how Austin is not part of the rest of Texas, even though it's the state capital!) Below are a few more videos from the archives and the second weekend features some live feeds, check the schedule here. I know I'll be happy to tune in again.