Live Blog: ACL Fest Closes Festival Season

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Live Blog: ACL Fest Closes Festival Season

It all starts and ends in Austin…well, festival season does anyway. With SXSW in March and two weekends of the Austin City Limits Festival in October, the great city of Austin, Texas provides these events as great bookends for those of us that hit all the “majors”. The addition of a duplicate weekend last year proves the popularity of ACL Fest and both are officially sold out this year. For me MUSE is the big headliner but many will getting their new wave nostalgia on with Depeche Mode and The Cure. The Kings of Leon will certainly be popular on the heels of a terrific new album and Atoms for Peace with the combined genius of Thom Yorke and Flea should draw big. The odd headliner choice here is Lionel Richie. This could be a nice trip down pop/r and b memory lane or a total cheesefest. Hard to say…could easily go either way.

As per usual with ACL, a wide array of other great artists will be present representing a broad spectrum of genres. The Arctic Monkeys and Queens Of The Stone Age will keep us rockin’, Eric Church, Jake Bugg and Court Yard Hounds will rep the country world (along with the unknown yet wonderfully entertaining duo Shovels and Rope). The EDM representation is surprisingly thin but Kaskade will surely keep it pumping and R&B legend Shuggie Otis and The Blind Boys of Alabama are unexpected and wonderful additions.

The weather looks to be a challenge. Rain is predicted in a BIG way for Saturday and Sunday and news stations are showing footage of the ACL 2009 “mudfest” but festival officials say the grounds will in no way reach those conditions.

Keep up with the action right here…WE will bring it to you as it happens…good or bad.


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Clem emerged from the underbelly of NashVegas where he began his love of ALL things musical. College found him in the commercial music program at the University of Miami where he actually learned what the hell he was doing. New York was next and whether he “made it there” is still up for debate. From playing in the honky-tonks of Nashville and the dance clubs of Miami to Broadway and theatrical stages around the country, to Carnegie Hall (while practicing one day somebody told him how to get there) and the recording studios of New York and L.A., Clem’s variety of musical experience has transcended the boundaries of genre. He owns a production company, lectures on music in colleges across the country and is on the visiting faculty of Elon Univ. He has a port-o-johns named after him at Bonnaroo, Coachella and Lollapalooza.