Monday, October 20, 2014

San Antonio and ACL 2014

Flew into San Antonio for two reasons: 1) significant savings on the flight in and out of SA versus Austin; and 2) never been there.  While Greg made every effort to ensure this would be a nice little day trip, B was sick and it just wasn’t happening.  We managed to squeeze in the river walk, even had a nice lunch, but she was in and out of sleeping from her fever that we accomplished little else on the tourist side.  The kid’s a trooper, though, since she managed to rally just enough.

ACL did not disappoint.

We are not a family that leaves the kids at home.  We have raised our girls to behave well in public and to appreciate all the exciting opportunities out there.  They go to museums, art shows, evening dinners at nice restaurants and rock concerts.  Meg’s first concert was at 5 (Backstreet Boys) and B’s first concert was at 4 months (John Mayer).

Friday, we enjoyed Sam Smith, Childish Gambino, Foster the People, Beck and Outkast.  Great lineup for day one. I gotta say, Beck surprised me.  His vocals were so deep and powerful.  I wasn't expecting much, but was impressed.

Saturday, I finally got to see Interpol in concert (love them).  However, Saturday’s best performance would have to go to the Avett Brothers – Wow!  Banjo playing at its finest. We also enjoyed Head and the Heart, Iggy Azalea, Lana Del Ray, Broken Bells, and Eminem (he was the big reason for me on Saturday).

Sunday, Fitz and the Tantrums would have to be my favorite and clearly Greg was here for Pearl Jam.  We also were treated to performance by Spoon, Phantogram, Zedd, and Calvin Harris.

What we loved about Austin.

·         Pedicabs.  B loved her first ride in a pedicab with Greg, while Meg and I rapped to Ice Cube on our ride. I’m pretty sure our pedicab driver will forever be scarred by our mother-daughter duet!

·         Bloody Marys and Craft Beer.  A couple years ago, Greg and I found this great little place a short walk from our hotel that serves THE BEST BLOODY MARY.  The craft beer tent at ACL may have been the biggest luxury item for this family (including Meg, who had previously been on a steady college diet of Natty Light).

·         Brunch and lazing around till the afternoon acts got on stage.

·         Hot Yoga at Wanderlust Yoga Studio.  Got to share this with Meg and she was forever changed by it.

·         Just being together.  Love our family trips.

Can’t wait till the 2015 ACL line-up is posted!

Hello, Sunshine!