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ACL, day 2

by Janeen Shaitelman
Bell X1

So it poured most of the day, but it didnt seem to damped anyone spirits. And those of us that are used to East Coast festivals are surely not afraid of a little downpour!  The festival was packed. A few people at some of the stages complained about the sound quality (the bass was way too heavy for Bell X1). And the new beautiful grassy lawn (Kentucky bluegrass, I think) was reduced to alot of mud. 

Some acts that stood out for me: Felice Brothers was raucous, Bon Iver was stirring.  I was curious to see what his live show was going to be like.  I loved it.  Citizen Cope’s set was great and packed despite the way the skies opened up.  It was good to see the Levon Helm band - although on doctor’s orders, Levon didn’t sing, but daughter Amy sure did.

Another band I had not seen live before was Devotchka, and it was amazing.  Like a trip around the world.  Complete with a beautiful acrobat doing daring feats on giant long scarfs above the stage.  Like a like bit of circus.

I ended my night with the beats and light shows of Ghostland Observatory rather that the Dave Matthews band .  The sounds on both stages were pretty loud and they tended to drown each other out a little if you were in the back.  But it was trance-like and a since they’re from Austin, the crowd was happy to see thee.

I did not go today, day 3, but I bet it’s nothing short of amazing.

Cope in the pouring rain

Citizen Cope in the pouring rain