By Marty Lange
While having lunch at the popular comfort-food restaurant Threadgill’s last year during the Austin City Limits Music Festival, I met a group of 50- and 60-something Canadians who had come all the way to Austin for the event.
Not only were they attending the festival, but they were also going to various Austin clubs to see as many Texas acts as they could. They shared their joy of interacting with fans, musicians, music-industry people, other festival participants, and the community at large. I marveled at their passion for the music of such Texas artists as Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, Joe Ely, Asleep at the Wheel, Robert Earl Keen, Spoon, Kelly Willis, Old 97’s, Marcia Ball, Ruthie Foster, Charlie Robison, Steve Earle, Miranda Lambert, Pat Green, Reckless Kelly, Doyle Bramhall II, Dale Watson, Grupo Fantasma, Beto y los Fairlanes, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Lyle Lovett, ad infinitum. This encounter made abundantly clear the appeal and extensive reach of both Austin and Texas music.
Festival curmudgeons may claim that the heat, crowds, parking, traffic, and accommodations can be problematic. But the thrill of experiencing so many diverse artists in a communal setting clearly trumps any hardships. More than 100 acts will perform this year. Join the fun September 26-28 in Austin's Zilker Park.
For more information visit Austin’s Zilker Park or call 888/512-SHOW.