The New York-based band, Delta Spirit, has been on the rise in the music world throughout the last few years.
While on tour throughout this past year, Delta Spirit has managed to play some of the largest music festivals in the country. Their unique style of eccentric blues and rasp, along with stellar live performances, is what can be attributed to their success today.
I had the opportunity to speak with Matt Vasquez, lead vocals and guitar, about his and the rest of the band's time at Austin City Limits this past weekend. While also seeing what it is that helped get them there.
XP: So, tell me about ACL for you and the band.
The eleventh annual Austin City Limits Music Festival kicked off with ease as over 70,000 music-going spectators marched into Zilker Park, Friday afternoon.
Seven stages welcomed this years participates, (and a children's stage): AMD, Honda, Austin Ventures, BMI, Zilker, Barton Springs and the main Bud Light stage.
Artists and bands such as The Wombats, infamous Asleep At the Wheel, First Aid Kit and Patrick Wilson were among some of the first to take the separate stages while the sun sat directly overhead.
Delta Spirit was the initial band to stand out as the lead singer let his raspy voice crawl in and out of the crowd from the AMD stage.
While Ben Howard and his indie-folk rock style picked up the slack as Delta Spirit's set ended just after 3PM.
The War On Drugs, Esperanza Spalding, The Afghan Whigs and Tegan and Sara were some of the artists to take stage during the later afternoon.
Tauk, a self described band that "delivers a unique blend of funk, jazz, pop and rock with a fresh, experimental spirit."
The band managed to book a 5:20-6:10pm spot at Bonnaroo's Miller Light stage this year.
I managed to speak with Matt Jalbert, guitar player, about his and the rest of the band's experience while playing their biggest festival yet.
XP: How long has the band known each other?
MJ: Myself, A.C. Carter, keyboards, and Charlie Dolan, bassist, grew up together and went to the same school. I think it was in sixth grade that we met. But we've been playing together forever and our drummer, Isaac Teel, recently joined us this past January.
XP: How did it feel to be booked at Bonnaroo?
MJ: That was the topping on the cake. Our managed told us we got Bonnaroo and it was like, "holy shit." It definitely helps you feel like you're doing something right.
As the day breaks and the sun becomes hotter you can watch people crawl out of their tents and find shade beside their vehicles, under canopies, etc. Those that had slept at least.
This is just another one of Bonnaroo's trick, you could say.
"To hell with the coffee, it's time to get groovy," says the music gods.
Myself? I crawled out of my RV just a tad before noon that day. Honestly, I barely managed to change out of my dust-ridden clothes from the night before. The Kooks, Electric Guest, tUnE-yArDs, The Infamous Stringdusters and Ben Howard's sets were the first for the day and I'd be damned if I missed them.
With my feet already a little sore from running around the night before, I set out for the festival grounds.
With the exception of four days out of the year, Manchester, Tenn. is what you would call your average Small Town, U.S.A.
But every June for the past 11 years, a form of renaissance takes place on this 700 acre farm nested in the Tennessee hills.
A type of hipster extra-terrestrials come out of hiding from every crevice of the Americas for this weekend long concert. So they too can partake in a world where the weird wins.
The crowd of sleep deprived, grumpy journalists around me were starting to get antsy as we all waited at the Coffee County Conference Center for press credentials early Thursday morning, June 7.
The walls of his office in the Parking Services building are blanketed with Bobcat mementos, past and present. “Go Bobcats” banners and flyers intermingle with various newspaper clippings. A framed photograph of him shaking hands with President Lyndon B. Johnson rests on a side table next to an edition of the University Star from 1973, honoring Johnson after his death.
Johnny Parker has been a parking sergeant for the University Police Department for 25 years, but his involvement with the univeristy dates back to the late 1960s — a time when LBJ himself attended football games, when Southwest Texas State College was a part of the Lone Star Conference and when Texas A & I was its biggest rival.
Parker labeled his playing days as the ‘cool days,’ a time “when streaking was popular and girls would throw panties out of the dorm windows.”
The University Star is an outstanding student newspaper, and I'm not the only one who thinks so. Not by a long shot.
The University Star was named one of the top three daily student newspapers in the entire nation by the very well known and respected Society of Professional Journalists. SPJ names one winner and two national finalists (runners-up) for Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper each year. The only paper to beat The Star was The Daily Orange at Syracuse University, and the other national finalist was The State News from Michigan State University.
Newspapers from all over the country enter this competition, from state schools to the Ivy League. Being a national finalist is no small feat. It is a real testament to the hard work of the 100-plus student workers The Star employs, especially the editorial board.