ACL Festival Wraps With Dylan, Lucinda, MMJ
Country sounds and an onstage marriage proposal highlighted the final day of the sixth Austin City Limits festival yesterday (Sept 16) at Zilker Park. The weekend closed with a 90-minute set from BobCountry sounds and an onstage marriage proposal highlighted the final day of the sixth Austin City Limits festival yesterday (Sept 16) at Zilker Park. The weekend closed with a 90-minute set from Bob Dylan, who played a handful of classics as well as bluesy renditions of songs from his 2006 Columbia album, "Modern Times."
Dylan's voice seemed more gravely than usual when the band opened with "Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35," but as the set continued, his annunciation became clearer. A soulful "Workingman's Blues #2" and the winding "Tangled Up in Blue" also enlivened the set.
Donning a cowboy hat and trucker sun glasses, Lucinda Williams debuted a new tune called "Honey Bee" and channeled her inner Jim Morrison by playing the Doors' classic "Riders on the Storm." Williams also threw in the Fats Domino tune "I Live My Life" and her own "Get Right With God," which she said drew inspiration from Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody."
My Morning Jacket was decked out in Hawaiian attire for its set, complete with Jim James wearing a blonde wig, and the band in leis. Hula girls, palm trees and a sunset backdrop provided further visual accompaniment to the performance, which featured tracks like "Golden," "Wordless Chorus," "Off the Record" and "Mahgeetah."
Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy was in a chatty mood during his band's set, explaining that "Dracula's Daughter" is the worst song they've ever written. Meloy also jumped into the photo pit and let audience members play his guitar amid a set that included "16 Military Wives," a bouncy "The Sporting Life" and the flawlessly executed "The Island."
Gomez's Ian Ball was joined by Joseph Arthur for harmonizing during the chorus of "Don't Let a Little Failure Get You Down," and Devotchka delivered a set of Eastern European flair, one of the more eclectic of the weekend.
Midlake paused during its performance while a man got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend, after which the Texas band performed the appropriate "Young Bride."
Meanwhile, a press release issued by Brown Distributing, whose trailer caught fire backstage on Friday, said all four people who were injured are expected to recover, and only one is likely to remain in the hospital this week.