ACL 2006: Kathleen Edwards

ACL Kathleen EdwardsKathleen Edwards apologized for not showing up at last year’s ACL fest; Hurricane Rita prevented her from reaching Austin. This year, an hour before she took the stage, a little cloudburst let loose and drenched the audience and the stage (even with the tarp cover). Plastic was thrown over the electrical equipment. The rain passed quickly. The stage was mopped up. And Kathleen Edwards entered in high spirits and played an enthusiastic set. This Canadian must think it does nothing but rain down here in the Lone Star State.

Her style has been described as, new-folk, or country rock…I think we used to call it progressive country back when the Armadillo still stood on Barton Springs Road. Her lyrics are biting–not exactly cheerful little dittys despite their driving beat. We enjoyed her immensely.

As for the ACL experience itself, we were there quite early in the day and it seemed to me that a high percentage of the crowd might have been going to concerts since the 1960s. Now, I’m not exactly a spring chicken so I’m always surprised to be with group of people my senior. Where is the youth? Is this older demographic peculiar to ACL? Is it caused by the price of the tickets or the bands in the lineup? Or are big outdoor music festivals just a baby boomer phenomenon that will die out when they do?

1 Comment so far

  1. eliz. (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 4:12 pm

    Wow, I noticed the total opposite – I was continually amazed at how many young people there were on Sunday. Especially during the Muse concert. I saw a group of teenagers getting drunk and other teenage girls jumping up and down dancing. There was just a diverse crowd there all day.

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