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Beatle Bob

Beatle Bob

ACL FEST 2004 – Day One – Part Two

Back home after the first day of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. It was a lot of fun, but my feet are about to give out, and my legs are even a little sunburnt.

Caught some of Blind Boys of Alabama, but not really. They did seem to do a version of “House of the Rising Sun” (one of my all-time favorite songs), but again, I was sort of away from the stage. I also caught a bit of Sloan and then a tad of fellow Canadians Broken Social Scene. I can’t escape these Canucks!

Not Canadian, I got to see some of soul great Solomon Burke. This is the man who performs from a throne onstage. Which begged the question amongst the music buffs in the crowd, “When is a throne simply a chair?” But, it seems as though a chair becomes a throne when Solomon Burke sits in it.

The man on the stage for many of the above performances and beyond, was St. Louis native “Beatle Bob.” He’s a character. He’s a guy who basically shows up a major concert events and dances. He’s a hypeman, essentially. Picture Flavor Flav and what he brought to the hip-hop performance. That’s what Beatle Bob does to rock. And the bands welcomed him on the stage for many, many performances. I guess we’ll see how much of this weekend belongs to Beatle Bob.

I eventually split some time between Ryan Adams (one of the greatest new songwriters in music today) and Toots & the Maytals, the reggae legends. Both impressed on opposite sides of the spectrum. The former was subdued, and sublime. Toots was raucous and wild. I missed Gomez, unfortunately, but I did see Franz Ferdinand. These four Scots were great, playing their asses off.

Okay, bedtime before more music…

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