The Fourth that fiz­zled

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: July 7 ar­ti­cle “De­lays, short­ages leave Wil­lie fans hot un­der col­lar.”

Wil­lie Nel­son’s Fourth of July Pic­nic was no pic­nic. It was a mis­er­able gath­er­ing. There were way too many peo­ple for that space.

We couldn’t see the stage from where we were sit­ting be­cause of a tree and the sound tent. We left at 9 p.m., be­fore any of the peo­ple I re­ally wanted to hear came on­stage. We just couldn’t stand it any longer.

It’s ironic that Tim Con­nor moved the Back­yard be­cause he didn’t like the en­croach­ing park­ing lots of the Gal­le­ria. That was the only space to park for the con­cert. It was my first and last pic­nic. mar­vadene eveS drip­ping springs

The Back­yard was not pre­pared at all for the sold-out crowd that at­tended. It didn’t even come close to hir­ing enough food and bev­er­age ven­dors. Pa­trons were call­ing pizza restau­rants who de­liv­ered their piz­zas to the front gate.

I ar­rived at noon to find no shaded spot to sit and no out­door mis­ters/ show­ers avail­able and was stuck in­side the place and not al­lowed to go to my ve­hi­cle to sit in the air con­di­tion­ing or leave to go to a store or res­tau­rant to buy food or wa­ter be­cause of the no re-en­try pol­icy

By 10 p.m., ev­ery­one I saw was sun­burned, de­hy­drated and hun­gry, and Wil­lie never took the stage un­til af­ter mid­night. It was the Fourth of July Pic­nic from hell. kaThy gaynor


larry Kolvo­ord

this woman, with a front-row seat at Wil­lie nel­son’s Fourth of July Pic­nic, showed up with a fa­vor­able im­pres­sion of the austin mu­sic icon. For many oth­ers, the has­sles of a long, hot day at the back­yard left an in­deli­ble mark of a dif­fer­ent sort.

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