Monday, November 08, 2010

Fun Fun Fun Fest, Waterloo Park, Nov. 7, 2010

I wrapped up Fun Fun Fun by catching the last two acts on Sunday, The Hold Steady - great band that I had not seen live before, and The Descendents, the reunion of the legendary punk band. The Hold Steady didn't disappoint, with a high energy show. And The Descendents closed things out to a rowdy audience. I did sneak a peek at Mastodon on the Black stage just before I left, too.

It was a great weekend of music, friends, great weather and good times. Can't wait 'til next year!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Fun Fun Fun Fest, Waterloo Park, Nov. 6, 2010

The beautiful weekend continues with a packed house on Saturday for a slew of indie bands, culminating with major acts Dirty Projectors and MGMT. But if indie, synth pop isn't your thing, you could walk about 50 feet and catch Gwar, the Richmond, VA-based costume, metal band. And if you're a little more retro, there was 90's punk crew Bad Religion. It was quite a spectacle. Great day and a great time.

Looking forward to today's big finish with Hold Steady and the Descendents reunion!

OK, so I didn't get that close to the stage for Gwar. Costumed bands scare me a little.

Dirty Projectors

The Antlers

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Weird Al and Apples in Stereo at Fun Fun Fun Fest

Just a few weeks after ACL Festival and it's perfect weather in Central Texas, so why not throw another music fest? That's exactly what happens at Fun Fun Fun Fest. In Waterloo Park, it's a bit smaller than ACL, but in no way lacking in talent and diversity of acts. Adding a opening night, Friday showcased some great acts. I caught Apples in Stereo, a band I had been hearing about for longer than a decade. Dallas musician John Dufilho is now on board with them as drummer, so it was the perfect excuse to get out to see them. Wow, they're a great pop band, with amazing songs and perfect vocals. I will be downloading their new record asap.

Then it was Weird Al Yankovic, another act I'd never seen before, but had of course heard of for probably about 2 decades. It was a fun show, lots of costume changes and multimedia. It really picked up toward the end with Eat It, Amish Paradise and Craigslist. There were some recent medleys which included Gaga and Bieber. All in all, a very entertaining evening.

I'm headed out there today, to catch some acts that are new to me, then the Gypsy Picnic Food Trailer Fest, then back to FFF for MGMT. See you out there.