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ACL II: The Do-Over

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Going to a music festival is the ultimate act of insanity. One of your favorite artists will be there – the one you’ve never seen live – so you do it once again expecting a different result from what you will inevitably get.

You have your backpack stocked with a poncho, lightweight hoodie, flare gun, caution tape, and none of the prohibited items whatsoever. And as quick as you can say Uber, pour a roadie, and put on your boots, you buzz off to join in the infestation of an unsuspecting city park.

You’re part of the swarm. Or a disease. People are a disease that’s spreading all around you, while you hold a beer in one hand and a Torchy’s taco in the other. But it’s okay because you’re going to see Beck. You’re going to see Beck! That’s why you’re in a better mood than you have been in months, and you’ve got to make your way through the crowd and worship at the feet of your favorite headliner.

The throng pulses toward the big black altar, and Beck or Eddie Vedder or Andre 3000 will impart holy sacrament to the masses. Everyone must get to the big black altar. And there is no getting to it.

Unless you’re the type who likes to self-induce claustrophobia, attempting to get a good look at the artist you came to see is futile. And just when you resign yourself to way over stage left by the porto potties, at least one of your friends has vanished and texting is delayed, at best, because the city park is now a city.

Worse than that is when, after years of anticipation, the show is underwhelming. Or maybe it’s just that you’re distracted because you don’t know how you’ll find your friends again and get home. And there you are in a crowd by yourself. The least they could do is stick with you since you gave them the passes. It is your birthday after all, and one is the loneliest number. People suck, and you’re surrounded by drunk, gyrating assholes you don’t even know.

And then your favorite song swells, and the crowd roars. You are lost in the music and lights, and how you get home doesn’t matter. It will work out. You are connected. Is this…happiness?

Music makes everything better, and for better or worse, festivals present a chance to experience and celebrate it. Festivals connect us as the assholes we truly are. You have to have the bitter to appreciate the sweet, and on a deeper level, festivals are a practice in how to be in the moment, if nothing else.

That’s one of the great things about ACL – you get a chance to do it all over again the very next weekend, so you don’t have to wait a year to do it better. No separating from your group. Your phone will be fully charged. You will admit that a little EDM is pretty fun. And for the love of Beck and all that is holy, you will get it right this time.

Austin Events – September 2014

 

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C3 PRESENTS
BRO SAFARI W/ VALENTINO KHAN, MUST DIE, UFO!
FRI. 09/05 | 8:00PM @ EMO’S

TRANSMISSION EVENTS PRESENTS
ISLANDS W/ TEEN
FRI. 09/05 | 9:00PM (DOORS) @ PARISH / PARISH UNDERGROUND

KUTX LIVE AT THE PARAMOUNT PRESENTS
RUTHIE FOSTER CD RELEASE W/ LUTHER DICKINSON & MORE
FRI. 09/05 | 7:00PM (DOORS) @ THE PARAMOUNT AND STATESIDE THEATRES

DO512 PRESENTS:
FACT: FRIDAYS AT COLDTOWNE THEATER
EVERY FRIDAY 7:00PM @ COLDTOWNE THEATER

C3 PRESENTS
DRAKE VS LIL WAYNE
SAT. 09/06 | 5:30PM (DOORS) @ AUSTIN360 AMPHITHEATER

SPIDER HOUSE, PANACHE BOOKING & PRAGMA EVENTS PRESENT
SPIDER HOUSE RAGER PT. 2 – BACK TO SCHOOL W/ MARNIE STERN, THE ENTRANCE BAND, BOYFRNDZ, GROWL & MORE
SAT. 09/06 | 7:00PM (DOORS) @ SPIDER HOUSE CAFE & BALLROOM

TRANSMISSION EVENTS PRESENTS
PINBACK W/ TERA MELOS
SAT. 09/06 | 8:00PM (DOORS) @ MOHAWK AUSTIN
EARPHUNK
SAT. 09/06 | 8:00PM (DOORS) @ PARISH

TRANSMISSION EVENTS PRESENTS
WHIRR W/ NARROW HEAD, CARL SAGAN’S SKATE SHOES
SAT. 09/06 | 9:00PM @ RED 7

CRAVE AND SPRATX PRESENT:
SPRATX HAPPY HOUR FEAT. LIVE PAINTING BY LUCAS AIOKI
SAT. 09/06 | 8:00PM @ CRAVE
FIRST 100 PEOPLE TO RSVP GET A COMPLIMENTARY DRINK TICKET!

PARAMOUNT SUMMER CLASSIC FILM SERIES
CLOSING WEEKEND FILM FAN PARTY SHOWING GIANT
SAT. 09/06 | 6:00PM (DOORS) @ THE PARAMOUNT

TAILGATE ON THE LAWN: BUFFET, BEER & COCKTAILS
SAT. 09/06 | 3:30PM @ HOTEL ELLA

WARM SODA W/ THE WOLF & THE LOCHNESS MOBSTERS
SAT. 09/06 | 9:00PM @ HOTEL VEGAS

SATURDAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL SPECIALS
EVERY SATURDAY 1:00PM @ HAYMAKER

TRANSMISSION EVENTS PRESENTS
BALMORHEA W/ JESS WILLIAMSON
SUN. 09/07 | 7:00PM (DOORS) @ PARISH / PARISH UNDERGROUND

C3 PRESENTS – “YES!” TOUR
AN ACOUSTIC EVENING W/ JASON MRAZ AND RAINING JANE
SUN. 09/07 | 8:00PM @ BASS CONCERT HALL

EMPIRE MOVIE MONDAY DOUBLE FEATURE: BACK TO SCHOOL & REAL GENIUS
MON. 09/08 | 8:00PM @ EMPIRE CONTROL ROOM & GARAGE

FOG & BONE
MON. 09/08 | 7:30PM @ CACTUS CAFE

AUSTIN CHRONICLE AND SCOOT INN PRESENT
HISTORIC SCOOT DIVE-INN THEATRE: “THE BLUES BROTHERS”
TUE. 09/09 | 8:00PM @ HISTORIC SCOOT INN

SAUCED! COMEDY AT KEBABALICIOUS
EVERY WEDNESDAY 8:00PM @ KEBABALICIOUS (NAVASOTA)
THE VALLEY FORGE W/ MOTHER MEREY AND THE BLACK DIRT, PETER SHULTS OF HELLO WHEELS
WED. 09/03 | 9:00PM – THU. 09/04 | 2:00AM @ THE NORTH DOOR

 

Sep 12-14 UTOPIA FEST
Utopia, TX
http://www.utopiafest.com/

Funny or Die Presents
Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival 2014
Sun, Sep. 21st
Austin 360 Amphitheater
OddballFest.com

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Sep 23 HAAM Benefit Day
http://www.myhaam.org/event/haam-benefit-day/

Austoberfest

2ND ANNUAL AUSTOBERFEST – GERMAN BEER AND SAUSAGE TASTING
Saturday, September 27, 2014
1-5 pm Sausage Tasting (Or till Sausage Runs Out)
1-11pm Live Music and Beer Tastings (RAIN or SHINE)
Price: $40 Advance / $50 Door General / $20 Members

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Sat., Sep. 27th & Sun., Sep. 28th
Pecan Street Festival
http://www.oldpecanstreetfestival.com/

2014 ACL Fest Late Night Shows – Tickets On Sale

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Official 2014 ACL Festival Late Night Shows

Tickets on sale – Friday, Aug. 22nd, 10 a.m. CDT

Available from C3 Concerts

The official 2014 ACL Festival late night shows have been announced, and tickets go on sale Friday, August 22, at 10 a.m. CDT. Catch some of your favorite ACL artists in intimate settings, after-hours. Beck is performing at Stubb’s Outdoors on Oct. 2nd, and you can keep the party going with The Head and the Heart, Spanish Gold, CHVRCHES, Skrillex, Spoon, and others. Check out the official ACL Festival late night schedule for more details.

Photo by Ashley Garmon,  Courtesy of ACL Music Festival
Photo by Ashley Garmon,
Courtesy of ACL Music Festival