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ACL 2009 Day Three: Mud!

No, that is not Rocks Off.
No, that is not Rocks Off.
Photo by Craig Hlavaty

At this point Rocks Off is so jaded from mud, rain, bro-dudes, and janky taxi-cab politics that Eddie Vedder himself could be standing before us and we wouldn't know him from Adam Lambert. As Willem Dafoe said in Platoon "The worm has turned for you, my friend."

Yesterday was a barrage of little bitty stinging rain, big ol' fat rain, and sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath. With the rain came mud, starting with sporadic puddles of the goop until it became a full-on headlining act apart from the music. During afternoon sets by Bon Iver, Flogging Molly, and Grizzly Bear, crowds got involuntary showers. Across the park grounds all one would see were a blanket of umbrellas and garsig-colored panchos. Rocks Off stupidly wore a cotton hoodie that became more of a second moist skin than comfort item.

More photos of the mud-induced chaos are below.

Rolling out giant bales of hay has done little to help...
Rolling out giant bales of hay has done little to help...
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
...especially when the majority of the park looks like this.
...especially when the majority of the park looks like this.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
People braved the merchandise area nevertheless.
People braved the merchandise area nevertheless.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt

 

Makeshift shoes were improvised out of ponchos and garbage bags.
Makeshift shoes were improvised out of ponchos and garbage bags.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
Some people didn't mind the mud at all, though...
Some people didn't mind the mud at all, though...
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
...and carried happily along in spite of it all. After all, it's ACL.
...and carried happily along in spite of it all. After all, it's ACL.
Photo by Craig Hlavaty

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