Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 6, 2013
Occupying the highest profile time slot for a local band at ACL Fest, Bright Light Social Hour was facing stiff competition on the schedule. Playing at 7 p.m. on Saturday against the likes of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Kendrick Lamar there was some question as to how well the band would fare on the Austin Ventures stage. By 7:30 p.m. the answer was clear, quite magnificently.
As the much-anticipated cold front swept through and darkness fell on Zilker Park the band was in the midst of a full on rock star moment. With the wind whipping their hair and the city skyline to their right they faced an impressive crowd that stretched back across the field close to the Austin Eats food court.
"You don’t know what it means to us to be on this stage right now," vocalist Curtis Roush called from the stage, as the band finished showering the crowd with the disco-funk infused grooves of "Back and Forth." The crowd roared in return. Then they proceeded to close the set out with an excellent extended version of "Young Man’s Blues." As the set concluded the band made a profanity-laced declaration of love for their home city and the stage crew brought up the lights on the crowd so the band could shoot pics from the stage. Before exiting the band members threw up heart symbols with their hands.
It was love all around.