ACL Day Three: LET'S GET READY TO DAD-ROCK!!!!! (Also: Ted Leo, Frank Turner, White Rabbits and Warpaint Recaps.)
Just hours before some serious dad-rock sets out to swoon ACL 2010 into that good night, the weekend's deepest pool of day-timers is going full-tilt. Worthy options Shearwater and Warpaint split the early crowd difference in the earliest hours, then Ted Leo & The Pharmacists and White Rabbits drew the crowds in. At press time, each of the six stages currently going has respectable crowds just eating shitup
Frank Turner in particular riled, wafting a collective us vs. collective them atmosphere, then praising Texas, then teasing with a story about a German crowd's enthusiasm. Maybe heavy-handed, but he was enjoying the crap out of himself and the crowd was, too, with Turner's fiery American-looking Brit-punk boiling the cauldron.
But maybe it was just a punk rock morning: Ted Leo & The Pharmacists kicked the Budweiser main stage off with a few jabs at The Eagles stuck between the Jersey punk's big-picture angst. He and his happy-to-be-here-even-if-it-means-playing-this-early backing three woke the crowd up--not unlike the way White Rabbits had its crowd a-toe-tappin' across the pitch with its Spoon Lite. Foals warmed with its enveloping arrangements and nimble musicianship, Warpaint billowed over gawking, bopping audience and Blind Pilot crooned for fan swoons.
TicketsSat., Dec. 10, 8:00pm
E.Z. MO Breezy Presents...Grits & Biscuits
TicketsSat., Dec. 10, 9:00pm
World Famous Gospel Brunch
TicketsSun., Dec. 11, 10:30am
The Brian Setzer 13th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour
TicketsSun., Dec. 11, 6:00pm
Kelsea Ballerini - The First Time Tour
TicketsTue., Dec. 13, 8:00pm
Diverse stuff, no doubt, and only casting a wider net with Gayngs, Morning Benders, Yeasayer, Midlake, Henry Clay People, The Relatives, The Constellations, Edwarde Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Band of Horses, Flaming Lips, Switchfoot (...right?), The National, Cage the Elephant Norah Jones, Richard Thompson and Misters Take It Easy Themselves.
Diversity indeed. Diversity worth anyone's excitement. Ah, there's the rhubarb.
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