YEP THAT WAS ME STAGESIDE AT THE ACL TAPING OF JEFF BRIDGES WITH THE SILLY GRIN FOR MOST OF THE NIGHT
August 12th, 2011 by Russ
I don’t remember looking forward TO A GIG LIKE THE JEFF BRIDGES ACL TAPING last night in a long time. Man, I was giddy, Texting quotes from THE BIG LEWBOWSKI to friends all week. If I have your number, I am sure you got one this past week. And Facebook was also filled with quotes. The day and time arrived and we rolled to ACL LIVE AT THE MOODY THEATER. I just love this venue. This is where they do the show tapings now. I alwaze love going to tapings, even if the music doesn’t float my boat, just being there is and has alwaze been a great experience. The show’s staff is filled with so many familiar faces. It really feels like a family there. This is really badass that the family feeling came to the new venue. Awesome.
Jeff took the stage and ripped effortlessly through a number of tunes. Bad Blake’s guitar strap made an appearance. Music is important to Mr. Bridges and he answers this calling with rapture. He was so happy to be here with his touring band. There was a peddle steel player that also donned some wicked squeeze boxes throughout the night. The band played many songs twice because this was a taping, so they could do them better if wanted, and they did. He was just glowing and laughing, which set the room off with him. He talked about his love for this town and showered Stephen Bruton with respect. I was a fan and friend of Stephen’s, so this just made me feel good. Normally, I do not seek out country gigs aside from Willie, But I dug this show. I am very grateful to ACL for giving the Austin Daze love. This was so cool. He played about 2 hours and then did an encore to a standing ovation. And then came the second encore which was THE MAN IN ME by Bob Dylan from The Big Lewbowki soundtrack. We all sang along! I am still smiling…….