We’re not going to spend a lot of time dissecting the epic performance by Houston superstar Beyoncé at Coachella last weekend.
You can read more about the set that transformed the Indio, Calif. festival into #BeyChella here. Or here. Or here. Suffice it to say, it was a monumental event. Beyond the spectacular choreography and artistic mastery, it’s a cultural touchstone we’ll be talking about for years to come.
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It rocked our world. Not just the lucky (and largely wealthy) Coachella festival attendees, but the rest of us who tuned in worldwide via livestream, or shoddy after-the-fact bootleg recording.
So what does this mean for Austin’s own big live music festival, Austin City Limits? As we’ve already observed, the Carters’ joint “On the Run II” tour plays Houston and Arlington, but not San Antonio or Austin, and it wraps on October 4, the day before ACL Fest weekend one kicks off.
Worth noting, Bey’s home state Texas did get a lot of shoutouts in the performance, which had a strong Dirty South vibe throughout.
But Mr. Carter, Jay-Z, headlined the festival last year, which rules out any sort of a joint ACL Fest showing. And Bey’s elaborate touring set up would be difficult to recreate in a festival setting. Beyond that, do we really believe ACL Fest producers are going to shell out the massive amounts of cash it would require to persuade Mrs. Carter not to go home and chill with her kids after a grueling tour? Not really.
Also, this is how New York Times writer Jon Caramanica opens his review of her Coachella set:
“There’s not likely to be a more meaningful, absorbing, forceful and radical performance by an American musician this year, or any year soon.”
The bar ‘Yoncé set for herself was stratospherically high. The Coachella set was like a Super Bowl Half-time show reimagined as an incredible hour and 45 minute performance. It was an appearance meticulously crafted to create the collective jaw-dropping of an entire nation. And it succeeded triumphantly.
Sure, she’ll do it again for the Cali crowd this weekend, but, sorry folks, but we don’t anticipate a repeat showing in Zilker Park.