Well there's floodin' down in Texas, all of the telephone lines are down
- Stevie Ray Vaughn - Texas Flood
It appears that Austin has another new title in its sights, at least this year. Looking more like Seattle than Central Texas, the Austin area has been pelted by rainstorms on a daily and sometimes hourly basis. While a few venues have been impacted, i.e. Missing Persons were missing persons after Carlos and Charlie's stage flooded and they canceled their show along with Tommy Tutone, the Romantics, and 10,000 Maniacs, other outdoor venues and events are charging ahead through the mud and rain.
Charlie Sexton of The Arc Angels at Antone's - more photos... photo by jeff barringer - staff photographer
This week at the Backyard they have five consecutive nights of concerts scheduled, starting last night and tonight with 311 and Matisyahu, and then finishing out with 3 nights of Widespread Panic. Tickets are still available and the shows promise to go on rain or shine. Luckily they've made special arrangements to ease the parking problems caused by the mud. Concert goers need to park in the HOME DEPOT lot located at 3600 RR620 or LAKE HILLS CHURCH located at 11431 Bee Cave. Both have graciously offered to accommodate Backyard patrons in their lots (thanks!). Carpooling is encouraged and a FREE shuttle bus will transport to and from the Backyard. I went to the 311 show last night and though the venue site is a bit messy, it's not a mud bog. Wear appropriate shoes and you might consider a poncho as well, although last night was relatively dry. No cameras are allowed for the 311 shows, so leave them at home or in your car. The shows start way early with doors opening at 5:30 pm and the first band going on at 6:30 pm.
For those not wishing to brave the rain, the legendary Arc Angels are playing a two-night only gig starting tonight at Austin's Antone's. One of Austin's first "super-groups," the Arc Angels consist of Charlie Sexton, Doyle Bramhall, Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon. If you never got a chance to see them before they broke up, this is your chance. The special "Reserved Upstairs Table" seats at $50 are already gone, but a limited number of general admission tickets are still available for these very special reunion shows