You, your boat and Brad Pais­ley

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360BETS - — Michael Cor­co­ran

Nashville comes to Lake Travis big time to­day with Aqua­palooza, a free con­cert head­lined by Brad Pais­ley. The catch is that you have to own a boat or know some­one who does in or­der to at­tend. (Or you can go on Craigslist and buy your way onto some­one’s boat for around $85 a per­son.) There is no land ac­cess to the show, which runs from noon to 7:30 p.m. and fea­tures such sup­port acts as Jer­rod Niemann, Lee Brice, Joanna Smith and Matt Still­well try­ing to make a splash.

Aqua­palooza is a na­tion­wide theme at al­most 100 lo­ca­tions, but the Pais­ley con­cert is the sig­na­ture event. Alan Jack­son head­lined last year in Alabama and drew about 30,000 fans.

This year’s show is hosted by Sail & Ski Cen­ter of Lake Travis, along with Sea Ray boats. The stage will be set up at Cal­casieu Point at mile marker 22. Raft­ing lines open at 7 a.m. About 5,000 boats, car­ry­ing roughly six peo­ple each, are ex­pected.

Pais­ley is the per­fect choice to head­line, not just be­cause he’s ter­rif­i­cally tal­ented; his tour is named ‘H2O’ af­ter his cur­rent hit ‘Wa­ter,’ his 13th con­sec­u­tive No. 1 sin­gle.

Wa­ter wasn’t such a good thing ear­lier this year when Pais­ley lost sev­eral gui­tars and amps in May af­ter Sound­check Nashville filled up with 5 feet of wa­ter from the Cum­ber­land River. Luck­ily, Pais­ley’s fa­vorite gui­tar, the ’68 Fender Tele­caster nick­named ‘Old Pink,’ was safely at home. It should spray the James Bur­ton-in­spired licks all over Lake T to­day.

Wade Payne AS­So­ci­Ated PreSS

Brad Pais­ley fit­tingly calls his tour ‘H2O.’ He’ll hit Lake Travis tonight for the sig­na­ture show­case of the na­tion­wide Aqua­palooza. You’ll need a boat or a friend’s boat to go to the show.

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