The best part about ACL weekend is that there is a alternative festival with interesting bands playing it called Ditch the Fest! Taking place in clubs all over downtown (with no mud to slosh in or $9 beers to buy) Ditch the Fest is the best $5 you can possibly spend. And get this: proceeds go to aid the wildfire relief efforts for Bastrop- how cool is that?
12 hours, 5 venues, over 75 acts, 1 moonbounce, kegs and kegs of free Shiner Bock, and enough puppets to ALMOST be annoying (but not quite…)
Check out the full line up HERE to map out when you’re going to see such great acts as La Snacks, the Sour Notes, Blue Kabuki, She Sir, Leatherbag, Butcher Bear and more.
The act I am most excited about performing is a solo set from John Congleton who also performs with the Paper Chase and the Nighty Nite. Seeing and hearing his twisted, lurid songs stripped down on an acoustic guitar is going to be an experience to behold. This is a real treat for the body, mind and soul. Believe. Long live Ditch the Fest.