As you already know from following my blogs religiously, I have attended the Austin City Limits music festival for the past two years and I plan to attend the festival again this year. The official lineup for the festival is set to be released Thursday, May 4th so now seems like the perfect time to discuss the artists I anticipate to see on the lineup announcement!
I have combed through countless Reddit threads, compared festival lineups, tracked touring artists and accounted for nearby venue performances. All of my painstaking Nancy Drew-esque research has lead me to some solid guess work and the following conclusions.
In 2016 ACL and Coachella shared many performers such as; LCD Soundsystem, Foals, Major Lazer, G-Eazy and volumes more. Using the 2017 Coachella lineup as an outline, while accounting for the artists who will still be touring in October, and referencing nearby venues, I have the following lineup guesses.
Those guesses are the closest I can come to an official lineup until May 4th satisfies us all. Hopefully I will get a couple of these right and I’ll earn some bragging rights. Here is the ACL website for when the lineup is announced.
Gary Clark Jr. can be explained as an aftershock from the blues craze of the early ’60s, or as a reincarnated Jimi Hendrix, or as an entirely new breed of musician.
Gary Clark Jr.’s guitar mastery mixed with his deep and smooth voice make him a blues-rock powerhouse. He is know to cover Jimi Hendrix songs during his live shows and he even has a cover of Catfish Blues on his live album. Clark’s soulful take on classic blues-rock sound make him an entirely separate genre from anything else out at this time, and people seem to be drawn to his unique sound and image. He continues to pack his festival performances and sell out venues across the country- proving that individualism does pay off. He also proves this point by winning the grammy for best R&B performance in 2014 and being a grammy nominee for best rock song in the same year.
Clark is a self taught guitarist who learned to play by watching old tapes of blues musicians like T-Bone Walker performing. The blues performers that he learned from still resonate in the sound from his guitar and his bluesy voice.
If you are a fan at all of any classic blues or classic rock, I can’t recommend Gary Clark Jr. enough. If you are in the Tulsa area, he has a show coming up in September.
As festival season approaches, music lovers from across the nation rejoice and prepare. While music festivals are a fun and carefree time, there is also a level of preparedness that you must enter a festival with. I’m not just talking about your perfectly curated outfits either.
If your going to a weekend festival and you have a hotel or a friends house to crash at, then it is mostly smooth sailing. For the festival you will need a fanny pack, trust me on this one. A fanny pack will keep your wallet, keys, phone and water close enough to avoid pick pockets and secure enough to not stop you from jumping up and down at your favorite show.
If you’re going to a festival where you don’t have a place to stay and you are camping instead, things get a little more complicated. Depending on the campsite and where you plan on eating, you’ll need fire wood and cooking supplies. That could also mean a stick you found on the ground that you shove through a hot dog to roast it, if you’re going for the rugged outdoorsman feel. You also cant forget a tent and a nice big sleeping bag, don’t underestimate how cold it can get at night when packing a sleeping bag.
One of the most important things to bring is that one crazy thing you’ve always wanted to wear but haven’t been able to. Wether it’s your blue lipstick, a crazy pair of sunglasses, or a beaded body chain, now is the time to go for it. Remember you’re there to have fun, even when you’re dehydrated and you have been waiting in the water line for an hour. Wear sunscreen and have fun!
Thank you for reading, here are some links to upcoming festival lineups!
As you may have noticed, my last blog post wasn’t much of a blog post at all. I recorded a podcast with a special guest who happens to be my best friend, Courtney Coston.
Courtney and I were concerned that it would be very uncomfortable to record ourselves talking and that we would be laughing the whole time. While we did have a few laughing takes that I would later cut out, we found it pretty easy to talk about live music for so long because we do love it.
Recording the podcast was very easy and fun. It just felt like talking to a friend about a shared interest because that is all it was! Courtney and I found it easy to discuss our shared experiences at festivals and concerts while also sharing some individual experiences. We did have an outline that we tried to stick to in hopes of keeping the podcast on track, however we did veer from it a few times. I think this only helped the authenticity of our recording.
Editing the podcast was where things got interesting. I edited my podcast on garage band and it was exciting to figure out how to cut parts, add music and edit out our coughs or laughs. Luckily my professor shared a video with us that showed us how to use garage band or else I would have never figured it out!
While I did have a good time with this podcast, I think it will be my first and last.