last weekend in live music and fluging
Well, it's Tuesday, so I thought I'd finally get around to posting about my excellent first weekend back in Austin. It was so nice to finally have time to just hang out, clean the mess that is my apartment after returning from the Congo, and unpack. (Yes, I still had unpacking to do. Who are you to judge?)
Anyway, Saturday night, a bunch of us went to Town Lake to watch the Red Bull Flugtag. Because there were too many rules if you wanted to sit on the Auditorium Shores (eg, no picnics or chairs), we packed dinner and chairs and set up opposite Auditorium Shores. It was a great place to watch the action, although we couldn't see much of the skits. That didn't really matter.For those of you not familiar with the concept, Flugtag is an event at which teams construct, and then launch into a body of water from a 30-foot platform, an unusual craft that is neither sea nor flight worthy. It's very entertaining, so much so that 85,000 Austinites showed up. And that's just where they were officially counting. With the bridge and where we were sitting, it was probably close to 100,000 people. Only in Austin would 100,000 people show up to watch a giant vaccum cleaner called Carl Sucks be pushed off a platform for no apparent reason. Despite the fact that there was very little actual flugging, it was awesome.Sunday after church (okay, fine, it was during), most of our Sunday School class went to see a couple of the teenagers from church's band play at the Hot Sauce Festival. (Turns out that if the lead singer in your band's daddy publishes the Chronicle, you get to open the Hot Sauce Festival. And they say Austin isn't a company town.) Despite being hotter than is reasonable for an outdoor festival, they go ahead and have it in August because this is when the Hatch chiles arrive. And the sauces were really good, although we barely lasted an hour in the heat before packing up to head to Santa Rita for lunch.
But I digress. The Hydmen, as their band is called, is comprised of two fifteen-year-olds and two thirteen-year-olds, and they're really good. Their love of Explosions in the Sky is clear, but they managed to mix it up a little with a reggae number and some songs with lyrics. All in all, it was a great set. We must give credit where credit is due and note that The Librarian used to teach these boys piano, so any musical success that comes to the band is due largely to her influence. :)
Sunday night I had dinner with the Bad Historian to the sounds of a very enthusiastic mariachi band at Polvo's. All in all, it was a great weekend of music, free entertainment, and catching up with friends.