ACL Fest – Day 2: 2017

Bill and I sometimes dread the Saturdays of ACL Fest, but this year wasn’t bad at all. Cloudy skies meant slighter cooler temperatures—the daytime high was only 87°F. Zilker Park was noticeably more crowded than the first day, but it was still fairly easy to walk between stages. I think this was partly due to the expanded festival footprint, but also because UT played a home football game in the evening.

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Texas Strong

Texas Strong: Harvey Can’t Mess with Texas was an appropriate name for Friday’s benefit concert at the Frank Erwin Center on the UT campus. The  first hour of the concert was streamed on YouTube and broadcast on some Texas TV stations. Proceeds went to the Dell Foundation’s Rebuild Texas fund. As of this writing, over $70M had been raised to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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Texas Tribune Festival: 2017

The Texas Tribune Festival was held on the UT campus over the weekend of September 22-24, 2017. This annual event was sponsored by The Texas Tribune, a non-profit media organization that informs Texans on statewide issues. More than 60 sessions were offered, plus podcast tapings, keynote addresses, and various receptions. The sessions were grouped by themes: Trump: Year One, Politics & the Media, Transportation, Energy & the Environment, Diversity & the Law, Health Care & the Economy, Public & Higher Education, 2018, and Cities.

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