The Fourth that fizzled
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
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.