It's often been said that you can't toss a rock in downtown Austin without hitting a musician, where you can expect to find live music happening any day of the week and at virtually any hour, but its' not often that you turn the corner downtown and see an entire street turned into a live music venue. It happens, but it's usually an exception rather than a rule. Tonight was one of those exceptions.
Austins re-vitalized 2nd Street district shut itself down for an old fashioned block party, and who better than one of Austin's own, Rick Trevino, to help welcome KLRU and Austin City Limits to their new home in the Moody Theater of the W Hotel.
With the studio's move from down on the UT campus, and with tonight's first Austin City Limits taping of Steve Miller, guests of the taping were treated to a full set by Rick and his band as they trans-versed the street to the studio. It's not often you have to go through one concert to attend another, but in Austin you get used to it.
Rick's set ended with just enough time to slip into the Moody Theater and settle in for Steve Miller. Patrons at the street party then got to watch and listen to the Austin City Limits taping inside on large projection screens across from the theater, and frankly the view, and the audio mix were superb, almost as good as the theater itself. It's too bad the screens do not appear to be permanent, but perhaps making each taping an event is something worth considering.