How bout some band shots?

The crowd may be where it's at, when it comes to giant novelty cowboy hats, hula hoop circles and Lone Star tall boys. But ACL kicked off Friday with a respectable start to its all-star lineup.

Gogol Bordello (Dawn Jones-Garcia)

More from Observer photographer Dawn Jones-Garcia after the jump.

Gogol Bordello (Dawn Jones-Garcia)

The Swell Season (Dawn Jones-Garcia)

Vampire Weekend (Dawn Jones-Garcia)

The Mars Volta (Dawn Jones-Garcia)

David Byrne (Dawn Jones-Garcia)

Austin Kiddie Limits (Dawn Jones-Garcia)

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