Austin City Limits Festival Tickets Promises to Delight

Austin City Limits Festival

Who’s going to the Austin City Limits Festival!

Austin City Limits Festival tickets are on sale for the 2012 event October 12-14 in Zilker Park. The festival promises to be even better this year, with a fantastic lineup of headline acts. The park will have eight stages and 130 bands. With legendary rock star Neil Young and his band Crazy Horse as one of the headline acts, the park is sure to be rocking.

Young caps the day’s performances on Saturday, October 13. Friday’s headline act is the Black Keys, while the festival concludes Sunday night with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Other top bands performing include Florence and the Machine, The Roots, Asleep at the Wheel, Weezer and Iggy and the Stooges. With so many bands making an appearance, every conceivable rock sub-genre is represented.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently on tour to back their 2011 album “I’m With You.” The tenth album from the group is the first to feature new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. The tour runs through late January, 2013, with shows throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. The international tour has also been all over Europe and will make stops in Turkey and Israel.

Neil Young is also out behind a new album, “Americana.” The album is an exploration of the dark underbelly of the folk songs Americans learn as children. “Clementine,” and “Oh, Susannah” are turned into dark mysterious rock songs under the musical genius of Young and Crazy Horse. Another album should be out later this year from the reunited group.

The Black Keys released “El Camino” in early December, 2011. The album draws on rock influences like soul and rockabilly. The distortion and fuzz in the guitar work is reminiscent of club rock from the late 1960s. The band has been on the road since May. Their tour will take them all over the U.S., Australia, Europe and Canada.

Asleep at the Wheel is coming off their successful play “Ride With Bob,” the musical to commemorate western swing legend Bob Wills. Their most recent project has been “Willie and the Wheel,” a collaboration album between the band and Willie Nelson. The band is on tour through spring next year.

Jack White will also headline on Saturday on a different stage. His solo album “Blunderbuss” was released on April 24, 2012. The talented guitarist is only 37 years old, but is already ranked 70th on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All time.” White wrote, produced and recorded the album himself.

Legendary songwriter Steve Earle’s most recent album was released in 2011. “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive” features tunes penned by Earle. Some songs were featured in other projects.

Austin City Limits Festival tickets promise numerous other activities to investigate between sets. There will be art and food vendors, a children’s area and a sports hideaway for the football fan. Google will provide an area with free WiFi. There’s even an organic farmers market!

Submerge Yourself in Art at MUSA – Cancun’s Underwater Art Museum

musa cancun underwater art museum


Underwater Sculpture by Jason deCaires Taylor at Cancun, Mexico’s MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) provides a very unique way to view art in a very unique location. The underwater art museum can be viewed scuba diving, snorkeling, night snorkeling, glass bottomed boats, parasailing, and free diving.

There are over 400 permanent life-size sculptures within the boundaries of The National Marine Park, ranging from depths of 9 FT to 20 FT. Besides being art, it is also considered an artificial reef because the sculpture installations are made with special materials (cement, sand, micro silica, fibre glass, live coral) that promote marine life.

The major attraction, “The Silent Evolution,” is an optimistic statement about the evolution of the Mayan people. The ages of those who posed for the statues range from 85 years old all the way down to 3 years old. They’re from all walks of life and are represented as gathered together.

The sculptures will change in appearance overtime due to ocean currents eroding the details and marine organisms attaching themselves to the statues and forming a new ecosystem. It is expected for corals, sponges, and algae to flourish which will then attract other marine creatures to breed and make homes for themselves.

Silent Evolution Sculpture

Silent Evolution Sculpture

On one hand this is incredibly cool and beautiful, just look at the photo above, she looks like she’s wrapped in a halo. On the other it can be disturbing to watch the faces disappear under the marine life. It can be alien and creepy and occasionally corpse like (which makes it hard for me to see the optimistic message the artist indicates in the piece). I can’t imagine night snorkeling to see these statues. The aesthetic changes are easier to take when the statues look serene and gentle, when the expressions are less so, grotesque is the word that comes in mind. What do you think?

Videos of the Underwater Art Museum:

Lifetime Travel Goals

I started this blog to document where I’ve traveled and where I am traveling and where I want to travel.

My dream is to see all the amazing places the world has to offer. Isn’t that a dream most of us aspire to? Somewhere in all of us is a travel bug, itchy feet to get moving and get to discovering.

This desire to wanderlust has been with me from an early age. It was nurtured by my mother who took me out of the country for the first time to see Paris, France; Helsinki, Finland; and St. Petersburg, Russia at the age of 11.

In my lifetime I want to explore all 7 continents, venture into all major circles of latitude, wakeup at least once in each time zone, and visit over 100 countries. I want to go as a tourist and I want to go as a native. There are reasons after all to head out to certain places – I want to see the sights!

A journey begins with desire and ends when one can’t marvel anymore. I think I will be able to marvel for a long time. There’s so much to see and so many beautiful unimaginable places in the world just waiting to be discovered. That said, there are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going!

My urge to travel has only grown, hampered only from lack of funds. (Who wouldn’t love an unlimited budget? If I had one I think the very first trip I’d take would be an around the world cruise!!!)

Wishing you many happy travels,