Outdoor Texas Music Festivals: What Not to Do
November 28, 2014 - Picnic Time
Photo by Anna Hanks around FlickrThe Great ACL Fest Washout of 2013Note: this essay creatively seemed on Jun 4, 2014.
Free Press Summer Fest dodged a flattering critical bullet this year. When festival officials announced that a drift around Eleanor Tinsley Park needed to be evacuated around 2 p.m. on a Saturday of a festival, some of us who were there had visions of pandemonium during a exits and a kind of complicated rains that would have had leftover props from Russell Crowe’s Noah floating down Buffalo Bayou. But we were spared a approach strike from a continue and while a depletion spawned a ton of predicted social-media carping, all in all all worked out OK once everybody (finally) got behind into a park.
Indeed, FPSF went on to have a flattering successful weekend, eventually sketch hordes of people, generally Sunday, and strictly offered out for a second year in a row. No doubt a FPSF folks in a golf carts and prolongation trailers could have finished though a tighten call, though all a same, this near-miss couldn’t assistance though remind us of a few other outside Texas festivals some people would substantially rather forget. (Note: because are we re-running it in November? Haven’t we already started to feel that informed FPSF eagerness yet?)
5. Robert Earl Keen’s Lousy Picnic
Now a dear Texas tradition hold any year in Fort Worth’s Stockyards party district, in 1974 Willie Nelson’s Fourth of Jul cruise was indeed a success — sketch some 40,000 people to College Station’s Texas World Speedway to hear a likes of Waylon Jennings, Jimmy Buffett, Michael Martin Murphey and some-more — solely for one destiny star: a Houston local named Robert Earl Keen. The destiny godfather of Texas nation had usually graduated from Sharpstown High School and would shortly attend Texas AM University, where he became friends with another determined musician named Lyle Lovett.
As Keen himself tells it, he had managed to measure a date to a Picnic (a monument in those days) though his automobile somehow held glow during a unison and his date ran off with some other guys, withdrawal him to hitch behind home. But he did get a good story out of it; oddly, one that has worked out many improved as an extended intro to his normal set-closer “The Road Goes On Forever,” as listened on his shining 1996 live manuscript No. 2 Live Dinner, than an tangible song. At slightest so far.
Years later, a fan approached Keen during a uncover in Utah and showed him a design of a singer-songwriter’s automobile on glow in a speedway’s parking area, that became a cover of his 1997 manuscript Picnic. The dual aged AM buddies played a pleasant uncover during Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion back in September.
4. Texas Pop Festival Is Ahead of Its Time
Just a integrate of weeks after Woodstock in 1969, a Texas International Pop Festival set adult emporium during another racetrack, a Dallas International Motor Speedway in Denton County, and set a burgeoning counterculture lax in staunchly regressive North Texas like someone had knocked over a pile of glow ants. The three-day eventuality drew acts like Led Zeppelin, Santana, Janis Joplin, Grand Funk Railroad, B.B. King and Sly a Family Stone, while their fans spurred The Dallas Morning News to write an editorial so sardonic we can many see a blue hairs curling.
“Young people convention to hear song is one thing,” it read. “Young people convention in accursed costumes, half-naked, barefooted, defying appropriateness and scorning probity is another. Who and where are their parents? Where do these immature people get a income to fritter around a nation in their sharp regalia?”
Just suppose a paper essay something like that today. Despite sketch as many as 150,000 fans by some estimates, Texas Pop was not a success, reportedly losing around $100,000. There was no festival a subsequent year, though it lives on by a series of illicit recordings — including one of Zeppelin’s set pronounced to be among a best of a kind — and a never-released documentary film Got No Shoes, Got No Blues that is still in circulation, despite formidable to find. And in 2011, a Texas Pop Festival even got a possess state chronological marker.
Photo by Jim BrickerThe Cure’s prayers for sleet were answered a small too good final year.3. ACL Gets Washed Away
After a “Dillo Dirt” journey of 2009 (we’ll get to that), a Austin City Limits Music Festival organizers no doubt figured they had suspicion each probable sleet unfolding through. They substantially didn’t figure on a showers that started some-more than an hour into a Cure’s Saturday-night set apropos a kind of peep floods Central Texas hadn’t seen in several years.
With many of Zilker Park literally underwater by Sunday morning — heading to some overwhelming pictures, including these published on a Republic of Austin Web site — ACL had no choice though to announce a first-ever full-day termination in festival history. But after all that rain, a usually approach anyone could have seen Lionel Richie, a scheduled Sunday-night closer, would have been on a raft.
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