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And Now For Something Completely Different: Austin City Limits Festival Coverage

by Dave Cathey Published: October 4, 2013

 

The stairway to Heaven is open for the next two weekends.
The stairway to Heaven is open for the next two weekends.

One week a year my perpetual search for the goodest eats in Oklahoma goes on pause so that I can bask in the glory that is the Austin City Limits Music Festival. For this, the 12th incarnation of the event, I’m covering the first of two weekends in my hometown. This will mark my sixth trip to this gathering of more than 130 bands on eight stages in the heart of the live music capital of the world’s Zilker Park.

I admit it, choosing the Food Dude monicker back in 2008 seriously narrowed the scope of my coverage. At face value, it could be construed that if a subject doesn’t smell of garlic, fresh bread of fish sauce I might not find it of interest.

I’m not gonna tell you that those aromas don’t help intensify my interest, but it turns out I’m a true blue Consumer Culture enthusiast, participant and journalist.

Ever since the day I endeavored to cover ever speck of white on my bedroom walls with rock music posters and photographs cut out of magazines in high school, music has been a strong passion. Rarely do I work in the kitchen without a carefully, well maybe not carefully, selected playlist. But that’s another post.

On this Friday, October 4, 2013, I’m posting this warning shot to let you know I’ll be blogging and socially mediating from the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and I want to hear from you.

This year, the event is broken into two weekends, this one and the next. Tickets are still available for next weekend, and would make the perfect alternative to Red River Rivalry for those not inclined to care about football. It would also be the perfect place for Sooner fans wishing to celebrate what looks to be another lesson in punishment for the Longhorns in their own backyard.

But I digress.

TORNADO DAMAGE / TORNADO AFTERMATH / CLEANUP : JD McPherson performs during the 'Music4Moore' benefit concert at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla. The concert was held to benefit those effected by the recent tornados that hit the state. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
TORNADO DAMAGE / TORNADO AFTERMATH / CLEANUP : JD McPherson performs during the 'Music4Moore' benefit concert at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla. The concert was held to benefit those effected by the recent tornados that hit the state. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Today’s schedule is here. Jimmy Eat World kicks off in a few minutes, and I reckon I’ll mosey over for some of that. Pacha Massive looks promising as does Pinback and Electric Six. Fun. will be packed, so it might be a good time for a Tito’s and Sweet Leaf in the Media Lounge. My must-see for the day is Oklahoma’s own JD McPherson, who plays at 6 p.m. It could be hard to find a crowd for JD as his set is wedged between Vampire Weekend and Arctic Monkeys. Looking forward to see how Kaskade translates to a live setting and we finish the day with Depeche Mode and Muse. That’s a tough one. I’m a child of the 1980s, and Depeche Mode were practically a movement in my youth. And I’ve never seen them live. On the other hand, I’ve seen Muse three different times, and all three times were among the best rock shows I’ve ever witnessed, even if you’re not a huge fan of their recorded work.

The rest of the weekend promises another Oklahoma stalwart, Kings of Leon. The Cure is here to make sure Depeche Mode doesn’t forget who came first. Lionel Richie has taken a break from living on a massive pile of residuals to prove he still has chops. That should be interesting.

I’ll post a recap either tonight or in the morning. Meantime, advise me. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @TheFooddude.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention this: the food here is the best I’ve ever had in any festival setting. All the vendors are local, and the offerings are incredible. You will doubtlessly get plenty of info on the food that’s available.

And don’t hate me because the world’s greatest job somehow got better for the next three days. I promise to share the experience as best I can.

by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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