That pop-star-turned-children's-entertainer Lisa Loeb got to play an ACL Fest Late Night Show for grown-ups to follow her Sunday afternoon set on the fest's Austin Kiddie Limits stage was a very good thing. That it got booked at the outdoor Scoot Inn on a night that turned out to be rainy, with plenty of good and dry downtown rooms such as the Parish and 3Ten unoccupied on a Monday night, was a drag.
Loeb soldiered through, safe under the stage's canopy but constantly concerned about the crowd decked out in rain jackets and plastic ponchos. "I'm sorry about this, guys," she said as the rain returned early in her set after a brief stretch of dry conditions.
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A big name since "Stay (I Missed You)" became a No. 1 single in 1994, Loeb still has many fans of the 1990s (and beyond) albums she put out before writing children's songs became her primary musical pursuit. That was clear from the moment early in the set when she asked for requests and got peppered with a barrage of favorites from albums such as 1995's "Tails" and 1997's "Firecracker."
Performing solo acoustic, Loeb sounded as charming today as she did 20 years ago on old favorites such as "Wishing Heart," "Snow Day" and "Truthfully," working in a few new songs too as well as a couple of tunes from her kids' records (such as "Disappointing Pancake," by request). She told great stories between songs as well, talking a lot about the time she spent in Austin in her younger days when she lived in Dallas.
Loeb lives in Los Angeles now, though she says she's visited Austin a lot lately without playing shows because of a daughter attending summer camp in the Hill Country. Hey, Lisa, come back again soon and play a show, OK? We really do have some great indoor rooms in this town where both you and your fans could have a much nicer time.
Opening act Dizzy, from Toronto, set a good tone with a 45-minute set of dreamy indie-pop. Singer Katie Munshaw is a captivating presence backed by brothers Charlie, Alex and Mackenzie Spencer, all of whom sported T-shirts that they apparently picked up during their weekend set at the festival. (Two Waterloo Records shirts, one ACL shirt.) They'd made their Austin debut back in March for South by Southwest. Likely we'll be seeing more of them here in the years to come.