(Update: Statements from a Parks and Recreation Department official have been added to this report.)
Wednesday’s Blues on the Green concert at Zilker Park featuring Shakey Graves and Riders Against the Storm has been postponed until Aug. 12 due to City of Austin Parks and Recreation concerns about the condition of the park grounds following recent rains.
“I went by there this morning and things are still heavily saturated,” said Jason Maurer, events manager for the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. “The city has gotten a tremendous amount of rain recently and the grounds are still really muddy.”
Rains in recent days contributed to the problem, largely because “we’ve never fully dried out from the first set of rains” dating back to last month, Maurer said. “There’s still standing water in spots, and that’s with no precipitation yesterday.”
He added that ground maintenance schedules had been delayed as a result of the mud. “Even the small mowers are leaving divots,” he said. “We’re just oversaturated right now and need to dry out a little.”
It’s the second postponement of the season for the popular free concert series, after the season-opening Antone’s 40th Anniversary Celebration was delayed a week in the wake of the Memorial Day floods. The June 3 rescheduled date with guitarist Jimmie Vaughan and special guest Steve Miller drew a crowd that Maurer estimated at between 5,000 to 8,000, “about average” for Blues on the Green events.
The rest of the Blues on the Green season is now scheduled as follows: July 22, Bob Schneider and Walker Lukens; Aug. 5, Jamestown Revival and Kaleo; Aug. 12, Shakey Graves and Riders Against the Storm. More details on the series are at kgsr.com.
KGSR shared the following photos from the park, taken this morning: