Across the globe, when talk of music festivals come up, two Texas events always make the list - spring's South by Southwest and fall's Austin City Limits Music Festival, both in Austin – the Live Music Capital of the World. Austin's Fun, Fun, Fun Fest, in November, is also starting to rise to similar ranks.
We shared a sampling of SXSW in case you decide to add it to your list of things to do (registration for 2012 has already begun ... and book those hotels already!). By that same token, Texas Highways senior editor Lori Moffatt and I will hit the ground running tomorrow, Sept. 16, as the three-day ACL festival kicks off. We will try to bring some of the experience to you via updates on Twitter, Facebook and the Texas Highways blog. Feel free to share your thoughts if you're out there with us. Consider going next year if you're not there this year.
You'll also be able to check out some of the live action from Zilker Park on ACL's YouTube page. The line up is pretty phenomenal with Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Kanye West and Arcade Fire among the headliners. From legendary performers like Mavis Staples to up-and-coming talents like Ruby Jane, the eight stages will be populated by a vast mix of music including rock, indie, country, folk and electronic performances.
Like SXSW, the crowds at ACL prove that the event isn't just good for Austin, it's good for Texas, with many traveling great distances - across the country and world - to be part of the musical madness that is more than 130 acts over 3 days with crowds of about 70,000 per day.
We want people to travel to and within the state. It's good for our economy, so ... bring it on, and rock on!