Wow! What a hot December night. No, REALLY, it was a hot ass Christmas show with Robert Earl Keen (REK). The temperature outside was pretty warm for December and inside ACL Live at The Moody Theatre ( http://www.acl-live.com ) it was smokin' hot.
Have you been to a show at The Moody Theatre yet? Whether or not you live in Austin, this really needs to be a musical destination for you. On this evening, with the breeze blowing, we met a couple that had made the trip from San Antonio, Texas to see REK. It was their first time to enjoy a live music performance at The Moody Theater. I was happy to direct them to the upper levels to check out the photos and memorabilia that The Moody Theatre proudly houses. This is something I highly recommend for everyone to go check out when you are here in Austin.
In fact, as I sit here writing this, I can't think of any place better in Austin for a music memorabilia facility or museum, than The Moody Theatre. I think they should expand the collection and once you see it you will agree.
On this night Robert Earl Keen (http://www.robertearlkeen.com) made his return to Austin, and it was my second opportunity to see his performance since his CD release party for 'Ready for Confetti' (http://www.amazon.com/Ready-Confetti-Robert-Earl-Keen/dp/B0058U80IG). Talk about putting on a show! This man really knows how to do a Christmas party. With the stage decorated like a great Christmas wonderland (trailer included) and the band dressed in full character, they were ready to have fun! You know if the band is dressed up like characters you wouldn't believe, The King Robert Earl, the Sheik, a couple of elves, Ebenezer, and a special appearance by none other than Santa himself, it is going to be a great show.
So King R.E.K. hit the stage with the whole cast of characters and started with tunes from the new album. This is the first time I was on the floor and Oh what a great place to be. The energy the crowd delivered was pretty damn stunning on the floor and with R.E.K. orchestrating the event...EVERYONE was singing, clapping, and dancing. Hell, I even busted out a little two-step with my honey during the evening. It was so much fun with all of the great music the band delivered, you couldn't help but get carried away. Old tunes and new, it was a non-stop evening filled with laughter, smiles, and great music.
The set this night was far from normal and I am very glad that R.E.K. made a liar out of me. With the placement of his epic "The Road goes on forever" nowhere near the end of the set, but just a few songs in, and the crowd was swept away into the story.
and with a Robert Earl Keen show....the party never ends!