It started with a text:
Going to an ACL Live taping was not originally on my 30 by 30 list, but I’ve had an opening since March when the Kite Festival was cancelled due to rain, and I had yet to really settle on the right thing to replace it. So this one was more or less dropped into my lap when Kayla, who is generally much more on-the-ball about these things, won a giveaway to a taping.
And this is where I go, So yeah…this is where I live now. Because, like many people, I vividly remember watching these shows on PBS as a kid, and now I’m standing in the Moody Theater in the show’s now 40th year of taping and I actually recognize that stage and that skyline (minus some of the more recent additions).
(There are no photos allowed during the show, of course,
so I just managed to snag a few shots before the music started.)
At which point Thao & the Get Down Stay Down rocked it for a solid hour. The show streamed live, and will also be on PBS this fall, so it’s possible that you might see my face in the floor crowd (behind two bizarrely jerktastic drunk dudes…the less said about them, the better), but the music was great and the energy was palpable and it was just really cool to be a part of the ACL experience.
I think I’m well on my way to being an Austinite.