ACL '09: A Muddy, Beautiful Mess On Day Three
|Photos by Patrick Michels|
|Two mud enthusiasts scrap it out as their friend Kenny Chesney cheers them on.|
Indeed, Zilker Park was one giant mud pit on Day Three of the fest--which, actually, might be an insult to mud pits. A pig's heaven, the grounds at Zilker Park--despite hay tossed on top of the murky mess in an attempt to soak up some of the moisture--were soggy, brown, oversaturated, distgustingly rank, and impossible to avoid.
And yet, somehow, it wasn't all that bad...
But at least it wasn't rain. Plus, mericfully, during a few points over the course of the day, the sun even stopped by for an appearance. And, miserable mess or no, the fans, to their credit, made the best of the situation, simply trudging forward and not letting it get them down.
If there was an overriding non-musical theme to be found at ACL on the festival's final two days, it was seen in the resiliancy of these attendees, who braved Mother Nature's offerings dutifully in the name of seeing their favorite acts live and in-person--and, sure, maybe a little but to make sure that the money they'd spent on tickets weren't going to waste.
But that spirit certainly did added a nice charm to ACL's 2009 take--giving it an "instant classic" feel and ensuring attendees that, at the very least, they would certainly remember the 2009 go-'round.
|To see how this one turned out, and for our "What the hell is that in the mud?" party game, check out page two.|