Today I have had more phone calls from vendors asking where I have been all weekend. Well, I have been in Austin, Texas at Austin City Limits Music Festival doing a little market research:-) You know, taste testing food and looking at potential new merchandise. That is what I always do when I go to Austin, Texas. This time I also included some music samples.
So, if you need an idea of some good music listening and / or restaurants to try in Austin here is what I recommend and what my "research" included.
Thursday I arrived around 5:30 to head almost immediately to Ranch 616. If you have never been to this favorite of locals in Austin it is a must. The Ranch Water cocktail is one of the most refreshing I have ever had. What is better than a little Reposado Tequila, Patron Citrónge, Topo Chico, and fresh lime juice? Add to that a starter of Camarones Rellenos and The Don and you will have a start to a great night!
Friday, the day started early at Zilker Park check in at ACL's Lady Bird Entrance. Check in was fast but ultra thorough, considering what happened last week in Vegas it made me feel very safe. The lineup for the day lasted until 10pm and while that is a long day for someone who loves sleep like I do it was worth every minute. Here is my list for the day.....walking in we heard Asleep At The Wheel kicking off the weekend. I you have ever heard Asleep at the Wheel you will understand when I say they are the iconic sound of Texas. Band of Heathens, Mute Math, Hamilton Leithauser, Revivalists, Ryan Adams, and Jay Z. The coolest part of the night came just before Ryan Adams played.
All stage sound went dead and the Red Bull plane came onscreen and we looked up as the song Free Fallin' by Tom Petty played. The Red Bull skydivers made quite an entrance and payed great tribute to Tom Petty. Needless to say, it was an awesome night!
So, Saturday was a day to sleep in a bit and head to one of our favorites, Guero's taco Bar on South Congress Avenue for great Tex-Mex and yes, a margarita. Then it was off to the festival for another round of great music. Mondo Cozmo, Joseph, The Black Angels, Spoon, and last but not least, my bucket list band, The Red Hot Chili Peppers. They were amazing!
Sunday, we were definitely showing our age by moving so slowly. Brunch at Irene's with the best Bloody Mary and Avocado Toast got me ready for my final day at ACL 2017. First Aid Kit, Portugal the Man, and the Killers made my last day wonderful. The only thing I wanted to do that last day was this Silent Disco thing but I could not convince my husband to do it. That will have to be something I do next year with my daughter.
So that was my research weekend. If you ever get the chance to go to Austin it is well worth the trip. Great food, great music, and great people.