Cloudy skies, rain, and mud proved to be minor annoyances to the hard core follower of Jah that braved the conditions at this years Austin Reggae Festival.
With skies that sometimes let the sun peak through, but often didn't, and were like as not to open up with torrents of rain, festival organizers scrambled to cover equipment, adjusted stage schedules, and did what it took to keep the music flowing.
Saturdays' schedule was interrupted by a deluge after a shortened set by Austin natives Roots Revealers, and the water caused technical difficulties which delayed the start of the headliner, Jamaica's Mighty Diamonds, by a half hour. Those who stuck around til the end were treated to a fantastic set by the pioneering reggae band, though to get close to the stage you had to navigate an ankle deep mud bog.
Sunday had organizers spreading hay over the mud and muck in an attempt to prevent the grass from being damaged but as our pictures show they may have their work cut out for themselves. The show did go on Sunday, albeit 3 hours late but that still didn't seem to faze the crowds.
Despite getting a personal invite today from GWAR leader Oderus Urungus I won't be able to attend the CRACK-A-THON in New York City that starts tomorrow, at least not personally, but I will be following along on the live broadcast at crackathon.tv.
According to the press release "The CRACK-A-THON is a brand new piece of performance art: GWAR's very own variety show- a twisted version of The Jerry Lewis MS Telethon or the Carol Burnett Show, except with crack...lots of crack.
It will be hosted by Oderus Urungus and co-hosted by Balsac The Jaws Of Death. CRACK-A-THON will feature interviews with celebrities from the art and music world, (Such as Andrew W.K., Jamey Jasta, frontman of the punk-metal band Hatebreed and more recently Kingdom of Sorrow, Lloyd Kaufman of Troma, the legendary Jimmy Gestapo from the band Murphy's Law, Mecronos from the band DETHRACE, NYC artists Joe Simko and Tara McPherson and many many more!)"
For the complete schedule and more information on the CRACK-A-THON or if your in NYC this weekend and want to attend for FREE check out the web site at http://crackathon.tv/