Breaking in the brand new Austin City Limits stage (yes, we know there have been multiple “grand openings” of the Moody Theater but it has many uses – this opening was for the ACL configuration) Stevie Miller and his band played what could only be described as a “greatest hits” collection for the sold-out crowd.
The event, also a fundraiser for KLRU, also marked the unveiling of the new backdrop for the famed TV show featuring the updated Austin skyline – including a few of the cranes that seem to be perpetually present downtown. A light show was included to demonstrate the audio and visual capabilities of the venue and then Asleep at the Wheel frontman and Texan of the Year 2011, Ray Benson, performed the honors.
In the spirit of showcasing local talent, Benson also introduced one of Austin’s finest bands, Carolyn Wonderland with Cole El-Saleh and Rob Hooper to play five songs (“Golden Stairs,” a Jerry Lightfoot tune was an absolute highlight) and a perform a “record-breaking” stage change.
Miller took the stage with “The Joker” followed by “Fly Like An Eagle” and Jimmie Vaughan’s “Hey Yea.” During his set he invited Max Marshall, a Dallas high school student from his old school, to play guitar on a couple of songs (“All Your Lovin'” and “Texas”) and supplied several stories of living in Texas, playing in San Francisco and Chicago and Muddy Waters.
The audience, made of mostly station sponsors, was quite stiff for the majority of the show. However by the encore-less end of Miller’s show they were up on their feet at the stage, dancing to “Rockn’ Me” and “Jungle Love.”
On a side note: unfortunately, the night was not without it’s mishaps including some glitches with the sound system, stage monitors and mix (bass heavy everywhere but the floor).
Steve Miller and his band will be taping the first Austin City Limits TV show in the new venue this Saturday.
Photos by Nichole Wagner
Still Alive and Well
I Found the Lions
What Good Can Drinking Do?
Fly Like an Eagle
Further On Up
Ooo Poo Pah Do
Can’t Be Satisfied
All Your Lovin’
Living in the USA
Take The Money