River City ~ Dispatches from Austin

Monday, July 22, 2002

STOP THE PRESSES.

Wilco, the Jayhawks, Ryan Adams, Patti Griffin, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Gillian Welch, G-Love & Special Sauce, and more than 50 other bands will descend on Zilker Park in Austin at the end of September for the 15 Acres of Music Festival. Even trip-hippie troubadors the String Cheese Incident will be playing as the music echoes off of six stages in the heart of Austin. Two days, $35. How about the rumors that Los Lobos might confirm soon? Is there any excuse for missing this extravaganza? If you are not in Zilker Park on Sept. 28-29, you'd better have a damn good excuse.

The town has been buzzing since the (tentative) lineup was announced just last week. You can bet there will be changes, but hopefully only for the better. Most of the key performers seem pretty solid and we doubt anyone of note will pull out. Instead, we can only get our suntan lotion, beer cooler and wide-brimmed hat ready and see who else might join the bill. Some things are worth waiting for.

News of the Jayhawks coming to town is well-received, especially after hearing New York rumors of them throwing in the towel. Sure, we saw them in Austin a few months ago in one of the best shows ever experienced (and certainly in the top five for the year), but they are now a trio and their fate always seems to be hanging delicately in the balance. Happily, more positive reports have them recording a new album - and to see them on the bill in Austin just makes the weekend all the more sweet.

Just two months to wait… see if you can stand it. For more info about the festival, click here.

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