2004 ACL Fest Guide

Everything you need to know

This weekend, red wristbands will upstage Lance Armstrong's yellow, because who do you know that's NOT going to the Austin City Limits Music Festival? In just its third year, the festival is sitting pretty: Tickets have moved at a record pace as the festival has begun feeling like as much a rite of Austin as its venerable spring counterpart, South by Southwest. And why shouldn't it? Low ticket prices, 130 acts, and fan- and family-friendly planning make it a no-brainer. Last year, not even misty Mother Nature could derail this thing.

Wait. You say this year's festival is missing an R.E.M.-type headliner? You're not alone. We all had dream lineups, but ACL is already the rarest of commodities: a festival that doesn't live or die by its headliners. We signed up for the big picture, not the big headliner. If you run down the grid for this year's festival, there's a minimum of a dozen acts a day that would be $20-plus a pop to see on their own. Check eBay as well: a secondhand Pixies ticket in any other city would cost you the price of a three-day ACL wristband.

The Pixies are also evidence of how far this festival's come: along with the Killers, Franz Ferdinand, and a handful of others, they'll help push the envelope on the Austin City Limits Music Festival aesthetic. And now that last year's festival proved that first-year food, transportation, and toilet troubles were indeed just first-year jitters, your biggest problem is picking which act to see when. ACL has taken to calling them "opportunities," but we still call them "conflicts." Patty Griffin or soul legend Solomon Burke? Franz Ferdinand or Gomez? Los Lonely Boys or Sheryl Crow?

Whom you choose is your business, as is exactly which excuse you use to skip work on the festival's Friday. But just as we did last year, we recommended comfortable shoes to navigate among eight stages, and perusal of our extensive coverage to help you hand-pick a game plan for enjoying both ol' reliables and newcomers alike. We'll see you there. – Andy Langer


FRIDAY

Kacy Crowley

11:30am, BMI stage

Don't let the opening time slot fool you – Kacy Crowley deserves your attention. Last year's indie return from major-label purgatory, Moodswing, gave insight to her inner grit and grace. Her upcoming acoustic set, Tramps Like Us, promises even more snarl for your buck. – Andy Langer

Tucker Livingston

Noon, Austin Ventures stage

Tucker Livingston's self-titled debut ranked him among the best of the second generation Austin songwriters. That's no surprise, considering his gene pool – Dad is singer-songwriter Bob Livingston, of the Lost Gonzo Band – but the depth of his songs is impressive nonetheless. – Margaret Moser

Dayna Kurtz

12:50pm, Austin Ventures stage

This Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter knows how to set a late-night mood of dark, brooding intensity that's occasionally offset by a flair for the dramatic. Although a gifted tunesmith, Kurtz's new album, Beautiful Yesterday, contains mostly choice covers from the likes of Prince, Billie Holiday, and Leonard Cohen. – Jay Trachtenberg

Asleep at the Wheel

1pm, SBC stage

Imagine the historical crevice Western swing might've been consigned to without Ray Benson's Asleep at the Wheel keeping it alive for the past 34 years. Last year's Remembers the Alamo (Shout! Factory) collected sacred songs of Alamo lore along with "Don't Go There," a Wheel original admonishing Ozzy Osbourne for his infamous pissing stunt. – Greg Beets

Willy Mason

1:10pm, BMI stage

It's always wise to be wary of 19-year-old folk prodigies, but Mason's forthcoming full-length, Where the Humans Eat, on Conor Oberst's Team Love label suggests this New Yorker's the real deal. He's got the voice of a young Alejandro Escovedo and at least one must-download anthem, "Oxygen." – Andy Langer

Dale Watson

1:50pm, Austin Ventures stage

Born in Alabama, raised in Houston, and as Austin as dis har festival, Dale Watson and his multitalented Lone Stars are a Swiss army knife of Southern sounds: country, Bakersfield, rockabilly, and Western swing. His newest, the Ray Benson-tracked Dreamland, is justifiably reaping more praise for Slackerville's honky-tonk troubadour. – David Lynch

Electric Church

2pm, Capital Metro stage

Fusing founder/drummer Erick Tatuaca and bassist Rayvon's funky rhythms with Chicken George's DJ skills and members of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church choir's joyful noise, Austin's Electric Church gives gospel a contemporary makeover with a contagious zeal that made them the surprise hit of last year's festival. Encore, anyone? – Christopher Gray

Bob Schneider

2pm, Bank of America stage

By now, Austinites know what they think of Bob Schneider; this year's belated follow-up to Lonelyland, I'm Good Now, wasn't gonna change many minds. That said, neither side of the fence is likely to dispute he's one of this town's most consistent live entertainers. He's got a deep catalog to pull from, a no-two-shows-are-alike work ethic, and virtually no shame. – Andy Langer

Henry Butler

3:15pm, Capital Metro stage

Being visually impaired hasn't impeded New Orleans pianist Henry Butler. Along with being a respected photographer, Butler is a preeminent keyboardist in the Big Easy blues tradition, drawing inspiration from the great boogie-woogie stylists, as well as Western classical composers. Butler, proficient on baritone horn, valve trombone, and drums, also has a graduate degree in vocal music. – David Lynch

Terri Hendrix

4pm, Austin Ventures stage

Terri Hendrix – very quietly and without a lot of fanfare – has grown up. Gone are the country cousin overalls and denim that made her such a fresh and charming presence when she first popped up from San Marcos some 10 years ago. Her new CD, The Art of Removing Wallpaper, demonstrates that her songwriter's flair has matured as she has. – Margaret Moser

Sloan

4pm, Heineken stage

Sloan may suffer from Tragically Hip syndrome, supporting the likes of Jet in the States while household names in their native Canada, but the Nova Scotians' punchy power-pop translates easily enough. With trace elements of Cheap Trick, the Cars, and even Supertramp, 2004's Action Pact is exactly that. – Christopher Gray

Patty Griffin

5pm, Cingular stage

Those new to Patty Griffin had the opportunity at last year's ACL Fest to fall in love with Austin's favorite redhead, the gray and drizzly sky providing the perfect setting for the chanteuse's bittersweet songs of love and loss. Impossible Dream (ATO), her latest, is a near-perfect exercise in plumbing the darkest depths of the human experience ... in a good way. – Melanie Haupt

Legendary Soul Stirrers

5:45pm, Capital Metro stage

The Soul Stirrers might be known as the gospel act that launched Sam Cooke and R.H. Harris, but few realize they got their start in Texas in the 1920s. Today they're considered one of the best-known purveyors of sacred music, inducted in 1988 to America's Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame and into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. – Margaret Moser

Broken Social Scene

6pm, Bank of America stage

The belle of the ball at SXSW 04, Broken Social Scene reintroduced Toronto to the world. BSS comprises a revolving core of members from other acts such as Metric and Stars. No Polyphonic Spree here, though. 2002's You Forgot It in People (Arts & Crafts) documents glorious nuggets of space rock alternated between synth work and electronica. – Darcie Stevens

Particle

6pm, Heineken stage

After years of extending their prog-rock and jazz-fusion beyond the realms of pop comprehension, Particle delivers its debut, Launchpad. The quartet of Charlie Hitchcock on guitar, Steve Molitz on keyboards, Eric Gould on bass, and Darren Pujalet on drums creates a swirl of psychedelic funk, and at times even disco, that the Colorado group has dubbed "space porn." – Robert Gabriel

Terry Allen

6:30pm, Austin Ventures stage

When people describe his music as "country," Lubbockite Terry Allen has a favorite reply: "Which country?" That tongue-in-cheek attitude has made him a genuine cult musician for more than three decades, but with NEA grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship for his art, he's not waiting for his big hit. 1999's Salivation is as modern a musical vision as any that's been heard. – Margaret Moser

Ryan Adams

7pm, SBC stage

In the last 12 months, former Whiskeytown singer Ryan Adams has released three albums yet seemingly played just as many shows. After a broken wrist scrapped a planned tour – including a March gig in Austin – Adams is once again promoting the stellar one-two-three punch of Rock N Roll and Love Is Hell, Pts. 1 & 2. – Matt Dentler

J.T. Van Zandt

7:10pm, BMI stage

J.T. Van Zandt never fails to pay heed to dad Townes' legacy, and his version of "To Live's to Fly" will give you chills. That said, his own songs, exploring topics like the Zen of going fishing with your dog, stand up just fine. He'll also beat the pants off you at pool. – Christopher Gray

Joe Ely

7:45pm, Austin Ventures stage

Joe Ely recently issued a David Grissom alert, enticing one of Austin's best guitarists back into the fold for a limited run of local gigs. The rest of Ely's Live at Liberty Lunch band is also onboard, so don't go thinking this is just Ely minus his Flatland friends Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. Are you listening lucky? – Raoul Hernandez

Los Lonely Boys

8:45pm, Cingular stage

Having trouble choosing between los hermanos Garza or Lance-lover Sheryl Crow? Ask yourself, WWWD (What Would Willie Do?), and your choice should be clear. If there's any doubt still in your mind, remember it's been a long, platinum road for San Angelo's blues-rocking brothers, including sharing the stage with Santana. – Melanie Haupt


SATURDAY

The Greencards

11:30am, BMI stage

The Greencards' rootsy bluegrass was captured perfectly earlier this year on their debut CD, Movin' On. Rising with meteoric force, the trio (two Aussies and a Brit) went from weekend brunches at Mother Egan's to being voted Best New Band at the 2004 Austin Music Awards and landing on the Americana charts. – Margaret Moser

Troy Campbell

Noon, Austin Ventures stage

Since his days as a member of Loose Diamonds, Austin's longtime favorite roots-rock band, Troy Campbell's passion and honesty have become trademarks of his songwriting, delivered with a smooth and powerful voice that speaks to his deeply felt emotions. Campbell has recently completed a new album, Oklahoma Speedway, with producer Gurf Morlix. – Jim Caligiuri

Mason Jennings

12:15pm, Bank of America stage

An adherent to the old-school folk method of emoting softly and carrying a big fingerpick, Mason Jennings is distinguishing himself among the immense flock of young male singer-songwriters clamoring to be heard on America's new folk scene. The Minnesotan is poised for the release of his Use Your Van DVD, which follows up his latest CD, Use Your Voice (Bar/None-Architect), and its subsequent tours. – Melanie Haupt

Cooper's Uncle

12:50pm, Austin Ventures stage

Cooper's Uncle, whose members first met playing open-mic gigs, has neatly fashioned its own niche in the new wave of bluegrass purveyors with a combination of original tunes and old faithful covers. – Margaret Moser

Cat Power

1pm, Cingular stage

Chan Marshall, always a wild card when it comes to performance, brings her soft mope-rock to our fair shores, still touring last year's powerful You Are Free (Matador). Of interest as well is the soon-to-be-released DVD, A Film by Mark Borthwick, two hours of Cat Power concert footage, as well as a never-released video and a bonus CD with one new song. – Melanie Haupt

Endochine

2:50pm, Austin Ventures stage

From humble local gigs to playing last year's ACL Fest, this local quintet is poised for the next big step. Combining multi-instrumentalists with strong harmonies, the boys rock out while keeping the melody intact. Thanks in part to Austin producer Lars Goransson, their sophomore self-released Day Two has earned enough cred to enjoy a national re-release. – David Lynch

Old 97's

3pm, Cingular stage

It's not the Dallas band's first visit to Zilker Park in September, but this time they have great new tunes to share. Touring their recently released Drag It Up, the Old 97's continue to marry two true loves: honky-tonk and punk rock. Somewhere in between, they even drop in a waltz or two. Who cares if they're husbands and fathers; they still deliver Texas alt.country with irresistible irresponsibility. – Matt Dentler

Trish Murphy

3:10pm, BMI stage

Solo, with her band, or swapping songs with Braless buddies Kacy Crowley and Renee Woodward, Trish Murphy is a keeper. Her latest, Girls Get in Free, combined the Houston native's keen pop instincts, emotionally bare songwriting, and down-home charm into one of the best local albums of 2003. – Christopher Gray

The Bells of Joy

3:15pm, Capital Metro stage

Founded in the Forties as the Starlight Singers, the Bells of Joy had a million-selling gospel single in 1951 with "Let's Talk About Jesus" on H-town's Duke/Peacock label. Members have come and gone over the decades, but Austin's famed gospel export still delivers. Even if you drop by the gospel tent for a simple respite, the Bells' intricate group harmonies and joyous, knee-slapping backbeat will bring you to your feet. – Greg Beets

Joe McDermott

3:30pm, Austin Kiddie Limits tent

Austin kids love the hell out of this former Montessori teacher's story-tales about jungle tigers, spaceships, and kangaroo jumps. Who wouldn't? McDermott's songs bear no agenda – educational, moral, or otherwise – other than just good, clean fun. – Melanie Haupt

Howie Day

4pm, Bank of America stage

Howie Day may be facing court time, but the jury's no longer out on whether the Bangor, Maine, singer-songwriter is just another John Mayer clone. He's bigger, bolder, with arrangements more sweeping than anything Jason Mraz ever dreamed up. Last autumn's Stop All the World Now wrapped itself in a blanket of strings to massage Day's elegant delivery. – Matt Dentler

The Gourds

4pm, Heineken stage

Some Gourds fans would be satisfied if the quirky, rollicking, Austin-based quintet simply continued writing and recording soundtracks for Mike Woolf's documentaries (Something's Brewin' in Shiner, Growin' a Beard). Fortunately, they have a new album upcoming on Yep Roc, yet further evidence of the band's potent hillbilly Americana. – Margaret Moser

Bruce Robison

4pm, Austin Ventures stage

Only Sheryl Crow brings more chart-topping hits to ACL than Bruce Robison. Tim McGraw's "Angry All the Time." Check. The Dixie Chicks' "Travelin' Soldier." Check. And he can thank George Strait for his latest No. 1, "Desperately." "What Would Willie Do?" He'd be right here at 4pm. – Andy Langer

Modest Mouse

5pm, Cingular stage

Teetering dangerously on the edge of overexposure, this Portland quartet (original guitarist Dann Gallucci has returned) has had quite a year after nearly breaking up. Good News for People Who Love Bad News (Epic) is the group's fourth full-length and its best, poet-philosopher Isaac Brock having grown as a writer and even dared to star in his very first rock video. – Melanie Haupt

Holly Williams

5:10pm, BMI stage

She's Hank Jr.'s daughter, but as evidenced by her upcoming debut, Ones We Never Knew, due Oct. 5, Holly Williams is her own woman. Not that she's fallen too far from the family tree; Williams has unflinchingly covered Hank Sr.'s "How Can You Refuse Him Now" on the album Songs Inspired by the Passion of the Christ. – Jim Caligiuri

Abra Moore

5:15pm, Austin Ventures stage

Recently emerged from professional hibernation, Abra Moore's No Fear is her personal declaration of independence from label and relationship woes. The Grammy-nominated singer has abandoned her kittenish, post-Janis persona, choosing a straightforward, sweetly earnest chanteuse direction instead. – Melanie Haupt

Walter "Wolfman" Washington

5:45pm, Capital Metro stage

A fixture of New Orleans' rich musical scene, Walter "Wolfman" Washington bridges the gap between performer and entertainer. His big band blues are matched by a powerhouse horn section that gives his Louisiana funk a brassy sound. Washington doesn't tour much, so in addition to making his ACL Fest debut here, he's making a rare visit to CenTex. – Margaret Moser

Marcia Ball

6:30pm, Austin Ventures stage

For more than 30 years, Austin's piano queen Marcia Ball has been shaking the roof off any venue she chooses with her infectious combination of blues, soul, and boogie-woogie. Her last two LPs, 2001's Presumed Innocent and '03's So Many Rivers, won W.C. Handy Awards – ample proof she's still in her prime. – Jim Caligiuri

Trey Anastasio

7 & 8:45pm, SBC stage

It was only weeks ago the jam-band gods decided there would no longer be any fresh Phish. That hasn't stopped frontman Trey Anastasio from picking up where his fledgling solo career left off. His recent LP, Seis de Mayo, helped ease the blow. Does he still kick out the jams? Do the math: two different sets and more than 130 minutes of performance time for a man with only four solo albums. – Matt Dentler

Dashboard Confessional

7pm, Cingular stage

It's 7pm. Do you know where your kids are? Look no further; follow the sound of acoustic pop-punk. In touch with the emo youth of America like few other bands today, Dashboard Confessional unleashes passionate unplugged anthems for the masses. Last year's A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar has made those masses grow. – Matt Dentler

Monte Montgomery

7:10pm, BMI stage

Monte Montgomery could wallpaper a castle with all the critical praise he's received. Raised in the Hill Country west of Austin, he wields a triple-threat stage presence as singer, songwriter, and shredder. 2003's The Story of Love demonstrated his finesse on both acoustic and electric guitars, while emphasizing his composing skills, all of which make him a great live act. – Margaret Moser

Reckless Kelly

7:45pm, Austin Ventures stage

Reckless Kelly's roots go back to Idaho, where siblings Willie and Cody Braun backed their father in the Western swing troupe Muzzie Braun & the Boys. Moving to Austin in 1997, they've become one of the city's most popular live draws. They recently finished a new album and also recorded two tracks with Steve Earle, one for the Alejandro Escovedo tribute and another for an upcoming tribute to the late Warren Zevon. – Jim Caligiuri

The Wailers

8pm, Heineken stage

What can you say about a band who's sold a quarter of a billion (yes, that's billion with a "b") LPs? Bob Marley's band keeps the international superstar's legacy alive by performing the Tuff Gong's hits, including "War," "Who the Cap Fit," and "Exodus." Led by Marley's right hand man, bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett, the Wailers lively up themselves! – David Lynch

The Neville Brothers

8pm, Bank of America stage

Arguably New Orleans' best-known touring group, the Brothers' colors range from Aaron Neville's pastel-colored falsetto to Art Neville's blue funk, and all points betwixt. Owning the stage like Fess Longhair possessed the 88 keys, these five siblings are preparing the release of Walkin' in the Shadow of Life, which includes their take on the Temps' "Ball of Confusion." – David Lynch


SUNDAY

The Mighty Sincere Voices of Navasota

11:30am, Capital Metro stage

Navasota, the small Central Texas town that gave the world Mance Lipscomb and Joe Tex, furthers its musical legacy with this family-based gospel octet. Founded in 1996 by patriarch Willie Creeks, the Mighty Sincere Voices of Navasota have been a near-ubiquitous presence at Austin gospel brunches ever since. The group's intricate call-and-response harmonies and overwhelming presence banishes fear and doubt from the soul while filling the heart with joy. – Greg Beets

The American Analog Set

Noon, Heineken stage

Andrew Kenny's gentle vox could win over even the staunchest Republican. 2003's Promise of Love (Tiger Style) saw the Set mature, while holding onto a consistent complexity. Waves of sound, resounding vibes, and a mixture of pride and sadness make AmAnSet the tastiest thing out of Austin since Stubb's BBQ sauce. – Darcie Stevens

Kelly Willis

12:45pm, Cingular stage

She may be long overdue a new album, but that's beside the point. On the third and final day of ACL, this is what matters: coffee, The New York Times, and a set from Kelly Willis. Could a Sunday morning be any better? – Andy Langer

Earl Harvin Trio

12:50pm, Austin Ventures stage

How is it that a so-called jazz drummer sports a résumé that includes stints with the Psychedelic Furs, Air, Art of Noise, Seal, The The, and MC 900 Foot Jesus? The easy answer is that Earl Harvin isn't your average jazz drummer. The Dallas resident teams with guitarist/bassist Fred Hamilton and keyboardist Dave Palmer to conjure an avant, post-jazz sound that has more in common with Live Evil-era Miles Davis than it does with the "arcane skeleton of standards" typically performed by such trios. – Robert Gabriel

The Durdens

1pm, Capital Metro stage

While many gospel acts at ACL are firmly rooted in the R&B-leaning styles of the Forties and Fifties, the Durdens ply this territory with a nod toward contemporary pop. Vocalist Larry Durden's warm, ingratiating stage personality makes you feel right at home, while bassist Anthony Durden keeps it funky on uptempo numbers like "We Give the Glory." The Austin-based family group has been singing for 27 years, and their latest CD, New Day, came out this summer. – Greg Beets

Mindy Smith

1:45pm, Heineken stage

Youthful singer-songwriter Mindy Smith has captured the imagination of folks who like their music with more than a touch of rustic American roots. Her debut, One Moment More (Vanguard), blends a sophistication that belies her age with plainspoken, direct lyrics, and, at times, charged, dreamy vocals. Smith sets it all to evocative musical backdrops; 21st century meets old world folk to remarkable effect. – Jim Caligiuri

Doyle Bramhall

2:30pm, Capital Metro stage

Here's a veteran performer who's so worthy of praise it's difficult to find the words. The accolades for the Dallas-born Doyle Bramhall usually begin with his influence on and songwriting with Stevie Ray Vaughan, but end up talking about his own soulful singing, blues power drumming, 2003's Fitchburg Street, and, more often, his equally talented son Doyle II. The man that wrote "Life by the Drop" lives it with gusto. – Margaret Moser

Shelby Lynne

2:30pm, Cingular stage

After stumbling on 2002's Love, Shelby, Alabama-born Shelby Lynne came back strong with last year's Identity Crisis (Capitol), a quiet storm of romantic turmoil that, in embracing pop, R&B, gospel, and country, oozes soul. Lynne's deceptively fragile, nicotine-stained vocals mask a steeliness demure and devastating. – Christopher Gray

Patrice Pike

2:50pm, Austin Ventures stage

Patrice Pike can count herself among the most dedicated local musicians, an effort she's devoted herself to since her teens. Her soulful vocals and rocker-girl persona made Sister 7(née Little Sister) one of the seminal jam bands of the Nineties, landing the acclaimed band on Arista. In the past few years, Pike has concentrated her efforts on songwriting, paying off with critical praise for her Black Box Rebellion solo album, Fencing Under Fire. – Margaret Moser

Ben Kweller

3:30pm, Bank of America stage

Wasn't last year's Ben Kweller/Spoon Austin City Limits episode one of the hippest in the show's 30-year run? I thought so, too. Kweller's latest, On My Way, takes a few too many listens to charm than a sophomore set should, but his live show remains immediately intoxicating. Here's betting quirky songs and attitude-free attitude add up to a sea of ear-to-ear smiles. – Andy Langer

Jack Johnson

4:30pm, SBC stage

Last year's ACL Fest saw the magnetic draw this Hawaiian-surfer-dude-turned-Cali-pop-star has on beer-sodden frat boys and their bare-bellied girlfriends. Many rolled their eyes at the conglomeration of stereotypes underneath the smoky haze in Zilker Park, but they missed the fact that Johnson's white-boy blues-rock is quite good. He and fellow blue-eyed soulster G. Love recently collaborated on the soundtrack for surfing doc Thicker Than Water. – Melanie Haupt

Bobby Bare Jr.

4:40pm, BMI stage

Bobby Bare Jr.'s latest release, From the End of Your Leash, is one of the most refreshing discs of 2004. A wild-eyed fusion of rock, country, soul, and pop, it finds the Nashville scion perfecting his ability to meld sing-along melodies with his favorite subjects: rejection, revenge, and the underbelly of humanity. – Jim Caligiuri

Jack Ingram

5:15pm, Austin Ventures stage

As a college kid a decade ago, Jack Ingram almost single-handedly created the do-it-yourself "Texas Music" movement. Then he transcended it; he's a singer-songwriter from Texas, not merely a Texas singer-songwriter. The two live discs he put out this year reek of confidence, passion, and sweat, and he's even better live. – Andy Langer

Ollabelle

5:30pm, Capital Metro stage

New York's East Village might be the last place you'd look for a band specializing in the heartfelt gospel, deep-bottom blues, and traditional country music of rural America, but that's exactly where Ollabelle is coming from. Their self-titled debut earlier this year has led to appearances on T-Bone Burnett's Great High Mountain Tour and an opening slot for jazz superstar Diana Krall. Roots music's new champion. – Jay Trachtenberg

Donavon Frankenreiter

6:30pm, Austin Ventures stage

What's with all of these professional surfers becoming singer-songwriters? First there was Tom Curren, then Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Peter King, and, of course, Jack Johnson. Now under the tutelage of Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter's self-titled debut pegs the Laguna Beach local as, you guessed it, a lackadaisical soul surfer who travels the world at leisure missing his family at home all the way. – Robert Gabriel

Pat Green

6:30pm, Cingular stage

Pat Green has spent his year racking up award nominations, Top 10 singles, and attendance records. He's also found time to record a new album for a fall release. You say he's a phenomenon you don't get? I say seeing Pat Green is believing. Everything he's got he earned the ol' fashioned way – with a gentleman's class and an irresistibly rousing live show. – Andy Langer

Wilco

6:30pm, SBC stage

Poor Jeff Tweedy. He's had quite a year. After a sorely missed Austin two-night stand, he's back to announce, A Ghost Is Born. While not as genius as 2002's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, sophomore Nonesuch release Ghost breeds emptiness and nightmares that Conor Oberst could only hope for. Darker, angrier, and stronger in the end, Wilco is the band that matures along with you. Hello Saturday aftershow! – Darcie Stevens

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

7pm, Capital Metro stage

Why is New Orleans the musical epicenter of North America? Look no further than the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. A V-8 powered master class in the art of Crescent City joyful noise making, this big brass band excels in traditional funeral band music, as well as funk, jazz, gospel, and R&B. In 10-plus albums and more than a quarter-century, they've played with everyone from Modest Mouse to Dizzy Gillespie. The band jams with Widespread Panic on their newest, Night of Joy. – David Lynch

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