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I am back on the mainland and blogging from Seattle with South Austin in the rearview mirror. Don't worry Virgin Island fans, I will most certainly be back in the Caribbean for visits if not full-time. And I'm sure St. Thomas will creep it's way into many future posts. For now, it's all about living in the Pacific Northwest!

September 21, 2011

My ACL boycott - FAIL!

I ended up at ACL this year despite my staunch boycott.

I had previously made an executive decision not to attend this particular event again... EVER! K So my decision might've come as a result of the "dust bowl" of 2005 but it was delayed a year because of the incredible line up of 2006.  But come 2007, I was wavering until I heard that both Amy Winehouse and the White Stripes had bailed on the festival and I knew it was time to harden my resolve. The news of the two fires that broke out during that year's festival confirmed further that my decision was sound. What does a burning port-o-potty smell like?  Ick at the least. And hey, I also live in the Music Capital of the World. I can and have seen great live music any time I want. And I've seen it in an air conditioned venue with considerably less than 75,000 people. And, there is always SXSW but... They planted new grass and got all those sprinklers, they moved the festival to the end of September, and I'm in town (which isn't often)... so there I was, blindly purchasing a 3-day wristband (last year) before even knowing the line up for this year's event. How was it then? I'll hit the highlights for you (my highlights anyway):

Best Back Up Dancers EVER!

* Most Fun - Cut Copy, Bomba Estereo, Santigold, Steve Wonder
* Most polished - Coldplay, Alison Krauss & Union Station
* Too Short - Gomez, the Head & the Heart, Cave Singers
* Too Long - Kanye, Death From Above 1979, Social Distortion
* Wish I had seen more - Foster the People, Airborn Toxic Event
* Most Humorous Stage Design - Cut Copy

Seriously, who put all these potted plants here?

The Coolest Mississippi Allstar

 The sweat lodge of dance madness!

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