Seeing limited music these days due to a family situation. Anyway, did get free for 1 night and got to go to a very cool event. It was the night before the ACL Festival and Kirk Watson, a state senator, held an appreciation event, I guess you'd call it. Had friends with extra tickets so off a group of us went. Got wined and dined and then a concert from Robert, on one of the ACL stages at Zilker!
I really thought he'd put on a lame show, playing for a bunch of political hacks, not really his crowd, you know? He blew the roof off and had everybody up, dancing and rocking! Spectacular show and so intimate. Coolest thing. I even got to watch much of the show from the side of the stage. He has a fantastic band. A delightful chick singer who is very physical, so much fun to watch. He played a stellar set. Not a ton of jamming but mostly upbeat, bottom down rhythm and blues with a dash of Allman Brothers jam. Played almost 1 1/2 hours.
After Robert we hopped over to the Saxon Pub to see Seth Walker. My friends who were in for ACL had never seen him or heard of him so I knew this would be fun. Seth is great. Louisiana style blues. The poor guy, he played a great show even though his allergies were killing him. Had a drummer who was really good at harmony vocals along with an upright bass player. A heckuva trio. Miss Seth not living in Austin anymore. We were spoiled for so long. Now, when he comes to town, I always try to catch his show. Also, he did a terrific cover of "Jealous Guy," 2 days shy of John Lennon's 70th birthday. It was pretty neat. My friends loved him!