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September 27th, 2008
ACL Fest Blog:
Hot temps,
great music

by C.J. MORGAN
Special correspondent

Economy failing, gas prices soaring, 401K dwindling… all is not well in America but at Zilker Park things are just fine. Friday’s performances triumphed over the worries and concerns of concert goers.

The only debate topic you’ll find here is who put on the best show: less known acts such as Delta Spirit, Gogol Bordello and Yeasayer or perennial favorites such as G. Love, Mars Volta and Manu Chao. My afternoon started with Brooklyns’ Folk/Electronic Yeasayer, then back and forth until I ended up at Hot Chip and eventually N. E. R. D. After the crew set up and cleared the pack of women Pharrell invited on the stage, The Mars Volta put on one of the best live performances I’ve seen.

Last night’s shows still resonate but there is so much more to look forward to. Fleet Foxes (AMD 12:30), Old 97’s (AT&T 12:30) and The Fratellis (AT&T Blue Room 1:30) are part of the talent kicking off today’s performances. Later on be sure to check out CSS (3:30 AT&T Blue Room), Robert Earl Keen (AMD 4:30) Spiritualized (Dell 5:30) Connor Oberst [aka Bright Eyes] and the Mystic Valley Band (AT&T 6:30) The Black Keys (AT&T Blue Room 7:30), and Robert Plant with Alison Krauss (8:15 AMD).

However…if you can only see two shows this weekend, I strongly suggest that they be Iron and Wine (Dell 7:30) and Beck (AT&T 8:30).  Iron and Wine is a festival favorite that now regularly records with a full band. Beck’s recent album, Modern Guilt, was a college radio sensation and produced by Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley who performs this Sunday.

Saturday’s after shows include Scorpion Child, Grand Ole Party, And You Will Know Us by The Trail of Dead at Beauty Bar (East 7th Street 9pm), Band of Horses, James McMurtry, The Heartless Bastards at the Parish (214 East 6th, 10pm), or my favorite Austin band Okkervil River at Emo’s Outside (6th and Red Rive 10pm).

If you’re heading to Zilker or downtown, be sure to leave early, drive safe and drink plenty of water (you are also allowed to bring two sealed bottles in). Tomorrow’s forecast calls for hot temperatures and great music!

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