Carter: Fun Fun Fun and then some

Fun Fun Fun and then some

Richard Carter

 

At this point in the game, there are only a couple of cities that can compete with Austin in terms of having mass outdoor live shows to attend ala Woodstock with tons of fabulous acts but a lot less mud and much safer drinking water.

In early March 2013, 35 Conferette will be back in Denton and considering the program’s recent successes, it only stands to reason they will continue to get more acts and add ones with more name recognition. And, considering that Denton is just a hop, skip and a jump away, that’s good news for all of us in the area.

Coming up in Austin, which is not really a hop, skip and a jump away, unless you happen to be in the Metroplex already, are a couple of doozy shows. While Austin may not be in our backyard, it’s really not that far away, and I promise you that the talent upcoming at Austin City Limits Music Festival is worth a road trip.

Coming next month to ACL is Red Hot Chili peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Jack White, Florence + the Machine, The Civil Wars, Crystal Castles, The Shins and The Black Keys.

If that’s not enough, they will also have Iggy and the Stooges, who will not be opening up for Morrissey when he plays here, and that is a shame. That show would have likely gone down as one of the 10 best ever in the area. Die Antwoord and Weezer and Olds 97’s are also playing at ACL with a number of other bands.

With the exception of the Randy Rogers Band and the Wheeler Brothers, I don’t think any of the listed groups at ACL have played in Wichita Falls. If you are hankering for a lot of music over a short several day period, you might check out aclfest.com, and from my experience, there are always people locally who have bought tickets in advance and cannot attend and are then willing to part with them. That’s especially helpful when ACL sells out, which it usually does.

For those keeping track, South by Southwest 2013 is March 8 through 17, 2013 and their website is sxsw.com. Finally, the 35 Conferette will be held right before SXSW and their website in 35denton.com. It’s never too early to get a start on checking out one of these events.

Our own area festival is coming September 28 and 29 with FallsFest and the music is already set. On the main stage on Friday is Shantell opening, which is great for the little band than can do, and they are then followed by Tyler Rushing, a Texas country act and finally Kevin Fowler who penned the classic “Beer, Bait and Ammo.” Great metal guitar player who crossed over to the more rocking side of country.

There will be a FallsFest unplugged stage Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with TC Fambro, Cheyenne Pitts, Recently Separated, Justin Guthrie and James Cook.

Finally, the Saturday main stage event is more noticeably Southern Rock with Cody O’Neill and the Crosswind opening (he being the son of Mike O’Neill) and The Marshall Tucker Band headlining. Fresh off their national tour, area band Twicebroken will play before The Marshall Tucker Band. So, it should be a fun evening.

By the way, there is also Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin that runs from November 2 through 4, which I have written earlier about. The address is www.funfunfun.com.

By the way, the Affiliation is playing Thursday with the Doppelgangers at the Pub. You should check the Affiliation out. They are a lot of fun!