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The Best Concert in the History of the Universe?

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Okay let’s have a concert with all of the best roots-derived bands in the world. We will call it the Austin City Limits Music Festival. We will have it Sept. 19, 20, & 21, 2003 at Zilker Park
in Austin, Texas. More than 75,000 will attend – it will be cool.

Here is a partial lineup – I didn’t make this up:

R.E.M., Al Green, Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, Los Lobos, Mavis Staples, the Mavericks, Liz Phair, Ben Harper, Polyphonic Spree, Jack Johnson, String Cheese Incident, Patty Griffin, Alejandro Escovedo, Leftover Salmon, Kings Of Leon, Topaz, the Derailers, Richard Buckner, the Gourds, Robert Randolph, Ween, G. Love & Special Sauce, Spoon, Galactic, O.A.R., Gomez, Doyle Bramhall, Ian Moore, Beth Orton, Beta Band, Old 97’s, Abra Moore, Ben Kweller, the Shins, Dwight Yoakam, Yo La Tengo, Steve Winwood, Bela Fleck, Shawn Colvin, Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Jay Farrar, Asleep At The Wheel, Hank Williams III, the Dandy Warhols, the North Mississippi All Stars, Howie Day, Cody ChesnuTT, Spearhead, Jason Mraz, Yonder Mountain String Band, Donovan, Charlie Robison, Doyle Bramhall, and Keller Williams.

The festival site has bios of every single band booked, just click on their names here. Also available are $65 three-day tickets; single-day tickets will be put on sale after June 24.

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About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted, Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.
  • Eric, what do you mean by “Roots-derived”?

  • Eric Olsen

    Music derived from indiginous, pre-rock musical styles: country, blues, soul, folk, older jazz styles, regional styles like cajon, Tejano, zydeco, etc. R.E.M. doesn’treally fit this, but they were the most “jangly” and rootsy of the new wave era (not counting neo-rockabilly).

  • AntFreeze

    Cricky. Throw in Web Wilder and Johnny Winter and they’d have em an official wang-dang-doodle. Thanks for the tip on Doc Watson Eric. The man is a finger picking machine.

  • Eric Olsen

    AntFreeze, very glad you like the Doc – you put me on notice!