After seeing a fantastic Grizzly Bear show at Stubb's on a few days earlier, I could barely contain myself knowing what was in store for me on Wednesday evening. The Austin City Limits tapings are the most incredible concerts. The shows are intimate, the sound is perfect, and the lighting is flawless. If you've ever been, you know I speak the truth.
We arrived at the Austin City Limits' studios at the Moody Theater a few minutes after 7. I passed by the merchandise setup and couldn't take my eyes off the one-night-only special poster (pictured down below) for the taping. Created by the extremely talented James Flames, the poster is entitled "Some Great Beyond", with the image directly influenced by the lyrics of the song "Half Gate", specifically the last verse.
With poster in hand, we took our seats on the left side of the theater, three rows up from the floor with a perfect view. Having sat in many spots around the theater, I have to conclude there really doesn't seem to be a bad seat in the house. At 8, right on cue, long-time ACL producer, Terry Lickona took to the stage to introduce Grizzly Bear. The band seem to run out on stage, letting their excitement show about how eager they were to put on a show for the audience at the famed Austin City Limits. The crowd stood up and applauded loudly, cheering the band on.
Throughout the set, Grizzly Bear chose to focus on material primarily from their previous two albums, Shields and Veckatimest. In between songs, the band's shyness came to light while engaging in nervous banter with the audience. The music, on the other hand, proved to everyone in attendance that Grizzly Bear exuded confidence and is why they're arguably one of the best bands making music today.
The highlight of the evening for me would come to fruition halfway through the band's set. I've always enjoyed hearing "Foreground", but tonight it just sounded different. It was so much more hauntingly beautiful and really showcased the power of Ed Droste's voice. It seemed like it was made to be heard in a venue like the Moody Theater.
Thank you to the amazing people at Austin City Limits for the opportunity to take in such an incredible show! This marked my sixth time seeing Grizzly Bear live and I can say without a doubt it was the best one yet.