Austin City Limits Music Festival 2014: Notes from the Margins

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Elise Avellan, Electra Avellan & Melody Afkami at ACL Music Festival.

“You always been a chair person?” “Yes. You?” “No.” “You’re not old enough.” “I’m 60! So I definitely make the age cut, but apparently not the maturity one.”

(Well, I turn 60 this week. Close enough.)

What if a reporter wandered all over the Austin City Limits Music Festival and found no real stories? Then he or she just luxuriates in the wandering and the chatting.

Mild weather makes all the difference in the world at ACL Fest. Even those not in the shade were frisky on Friday.

Most interesting sight: A tiny girl picking up and throwing away plastic cups. Not hygienic, but cute.

Look who I ran into at ACL:

 Elise Avellan, Electra Avellan & Melody Afkami at  ACL Music Festival.

Elise Avellan, Electra Avellan & Melody Afkami at ACL Music Festival.

The always charismatic Elise Avellan, Electra Avellan and Melody Afkami. That’s the social shot I needed.

That kid from “Community,” Donald Glover, put a huge crowd into ecstatic mode. He’s actually good as Childish Gambino. Really good.

Saw a bear-ish man dancing like a cartoon bear. Felt like magical realism.

So why did all those gibberish pocket tweets get through via the fest’s wifi, but not a single intentional report from the field?

Grizzled man near the street was shooting people with a toy gun. Not a wise move with police a few feet away evicting a rogue taco truck.

“Are you leaving for the night?” “I’m media.” “Do you want to sell your wristband?” “I’m media.” “How much?” “I’m media.”

(Sigh.)


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