The place to be in Austin on Saturday night was definitely ACL Live at the Moody Theater. I have been excited about going to this show ever since I first heard it was happening again. Something along the same lines happened last year about this time. I was unable to attend and my friends have bragged about it ever since. This sold out show was a great history lesson in Austin music. While the music was stellar, what really blew me away was the gathering of many friends at the Moody. This city continues to expand beyond all reason, which has been cause of much distress and complaints among the locals. It was fantastic that so many like minded people gathered under one roof for a night of local music history.
The two sets of music were made up of one or two songs by each group of musicians. All the numbers were well done but I had two stand out favorites from the evening. One of them was a jazz trio consisting of Dr. James Polk, Elias Haslanger and Ephraim Owens. I have been seeing Ephraim Owens for years and he continues to blow me away no matter who he plays with. The second stand out performance for me was by Alejandro Escovedo as he brought out a cover of the Butthole Surfer’s song “Pepper.” It was the first time I’ve seen Alejandro go crazy on the harmonica which was amazing. Judging by the success of this show we are pretty much guaranteed to see it happen again next year.