Austin City (No) Limits!

by Janeen Shaitelman
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Me and Rita shaking our groove things to Sharon Jones Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings A Texas-size BBQ feast – BEFORE

I’m starting this blog entry on the plane coming home from ACL 08, and the days of music have left me with a really sweet soundtrack. As a marketing and promotion person, I am forever impressed with the organization of the Fest: stages with scattered start times, shuttle bus service that is constant, water misters for those 100 degree days, large variety of food, shade tents, Kiddie sections and more. There are 8 stages and over 130 bands over 3 days.

But just like FUV, its about the music and the music had something for everyone. Favorites for me this year included M Ward, Jamie Lidell, Jenny Lewis, David Byrne (this was my fave), G Love, Old 97’s, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (my other fave), Conor Oberst, Iron and Wine and Beck. Honorable mentions include Vampire Weekend, Fleet Foxes, Robert Earl Keen and the Fratellis.

And After A satisfied group of carnivores! David Byrne

Highlights included David Byrne’s Dancers during his set, learning some Cubano dances from the Nachito Herrera All-Stars, watching lucky guys being pulled up on stage to dance with Sharon Jones (she showed them a thing or two!) and festival-goers watching the Presidential debates with the soundtrack of The Mars Volta in the background (crazy!) I heard Bill Murray was at this set, too...

I also bumped into (literally) Eryka Badu, shopping for jewelry in the marketplace – sportin a little Diana Ross vibe with big hair and an elegant dress. And the festival food was the best. The dust storms were a little much, but in my opinion, a small price to pay.

The event is for folks of all ages and backgrounds. I overheard kids talking about their new year of high school (how old do I feel!) and we met a WFUV member whose daughter (a Fordham grad) moved to Dallas and now the father/daughter team meets at ACL every year. So cool. I wanted to thank the folks at C3 Presents – the people who put this on every year and work with WFUV to promote it and let us give away a trip to a lucky pair (congrats Jon and Risa Stein of Bellmore)! Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

See you next year, ACL!M

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