SEPT. 28, 2002
It’s a lock. If you’re looking to rub elbows with thousands of music-loving, education TV watching types, a good many of whom could be potentially single, you’re going to want to wipe your weekend schedule clean and pop for some Austin City Limits Festival Tickets. Unquestionably there’s going to be a sizeable contingent of swarthy, shirtless, bandana-on-the-Labrador outdoor concert regulars and patchouli scented Phish dancers, but there should also be healthy mix of button-down suburban types and hip inner-loopers. Unless there’s a plague of locusts or a rain of amphibians, count on a huge, sprawling mass of humanity, and with good reason. The ACL Festival has scored some serious talent – and then there’s the musicians they’ve brought in from out of town! Here’s a sampling of Saturday’s lineup: Wilco, String Cheese Incident, Nickel Creek, Asleep at the Wheel, The Jayhawks, Los Lobos, Bob Schneider, and the Blind Boys of Alabama – and that still leaving out 20 great acts, give or take. Sunday’s list is impressive as well: Jack Ingram, Ryan Adams, Shawn Colvin, Emmylou Harris, Eric Johnson, Kelly Willis, and the Jayhawks. The lineup is so impressive that even Soupy Sales cancelled his big show over at the Steamboat on Sunday night. Crazy, right? Here’s an even crazier thing: Tickets for the two day event are only $45 and kids under ten get in free with a ticketed adult. That’s almost socialist, but then again, Austin is pretty much a pinko town. Regardless of your political bent, the ACL Fest promises to be one of the biggest events of the season, one well worth your time and money.