Texas Book Festival: 2016


In spite of overcast skies, the 21st annual Texas Book Festival attracted large crowds on both Saturday and Sunday. For the first time that I remember, the House and Senate chambers were not used. Sessions were held in nearby churches (First Methodist, First Baptist, and Central Presbyterian), Omni Austin Hotel, Paramount Theatre, and large outdoor tents. Capitol Extension rooms were also used, but many of those sessions reached their room capacity. The children’s area was relocated to Congress Avenue. The C-SPAN2 tent was moved to just south of the capitol grounds, so traffic noise was no longer a problem.

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ACL Fest – Day 3: 2016


Sunday was a full day at ACL Fest Weekend 2. The weather was lovely, and Bill and I enjoyed almost every band that we saw. Our only disappointment was that we couldn’t hear Willie Nelson. An unusually large crowd prevented us from getting close to the stage, and then we were surrounded by groups of loud talkers. We finally moved on to another stage, which worked out OK since we subsequently discovered Miike Snow. (Not to worry…Willie lives outside of Austin, and we get to see him often.)

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ACL Fest – Day 1: 2016


Bill and I are attending the second weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Music Festival. ACL Fest is celebrating its 15th year—we’ve been at ten of those festivals—and every year there are a few changes. This year one of the main stages has been relocated, which relieves crowding around the food court, but doesn’t help with noise bleed. There seem to be fewer port-a-potties (including some new flushable versions), so it’s a long wait to use one.

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