Sunday, September 25, 2005

ACL Update - Saturday Part 1

Saturday was a mess. Most of the no-shows because of Rita hit us on Saturday. After waiting an hour in the heat (at least there was a breeze) they announced that Kathleen Edwards was being replaced by a Louisiana version of the White Stripes. This pair was bad; or at least not ready for this. Part way through one of their songs, they just stopped and looked at each other. This wouldn’t have happened if the management of ACL hadn’t mismanaged the relationships it had with local talent. Austin is one of the richest sources of music in the nation. Not one (that I know of) of the 8 or 9 replacement bands was from Austin. Only FEMA could have screwed this up more.

Meanwhile, they asked Tracy Bonham to do a solo show (as a replacement band) since she was performing with Aqualung. She stole a couple of members of Aqualung for a couple of songs and played with another woman (sorry, can’t remember her name) for awhile. It was a nice try, but again, there were dozens of Austin performers who could have filled in. While I’m on this rant, understand that everyone was in town. Bob Schneider had played shows during that weekend. Alejandro Escovedo and Jon Dee Graham were playing shows. All it would have taken was a phone call. Colin Herring was in town too along with that whole Sin City group. Okay, enough ranting for now.


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