How DMC Does ACL Fest

HOW DMC DOES ACL FEST

 


Welcome to Austin, y’all. Live music capital of the world! If you’re in Austin this weekend, odds are you’ve heard about ACL Fest. For the next two weekends, Zilker Park is going to be bopping with non-stop music across 8 different stages from over 100 featured artists, big and small. Word on the street it that this year, ACL has (yet again) added even more fun to the mix. The silent disco is back, the food cart line-up has expanded, and there are even more Camelbak water stations around the park this year! Hydration hell yeah!!

ACL Fest is such a scene. Everyone in our office has been buzzing about it for weeks now, planning their schedules for music, food and even what their going to wear. I’m sure a few people (Parker) have even already prepped and polished their Instagram captions too. It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how… so prepare yourself to have the best jam packed weekend of October. Here’s how:  

GETTING READY

ACL is undoubtedly a prime photo op for you and your girl gang. Don’t let this stress you out though, wear what you’re most comfortable in! Also, peep this graphic Kelly made to help you keep your festival best from straying down the culturally appropriative path. And don’t forget to download the ACL Fest app so that you can personalize your schedule, check out this year’s festival gear, and memorize the stage set up days in advance. Be the friend in your ACL troup who is in the know (and thank me later).

THE MAIN ATTRACTION

My favorite part of ACL is the music. This year, I’m most looking forward to seeing Justice, David Byrne and the great Sir Paul McCartney. And of the smaller caliber acts: Moses Sumney, Big Thief, Noname and Blood Orange. An eclectic group of artists make up most of my top 10 — what about yours? Who are you most excited to see this weekend?

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE

The second best part of ACL is the food! Seriously, ACL Eats is my favorite stage. This year, in addition to the food court on the north side of the park, ACL is adding food vendors to a food court on the south side of Zilker too! Austin is such a foodie city and the all star cast making up these food courts exudes this thoroughly. Mighty Cone, Amy’s Ice Cream, Wholly Cow Burgers and Fries, Austin’s Pizza, Bananarchy, the Ruler of all that is good and vegetable in Austin Juiceland… I could go on! You guys, trust me when I say you need to plan your meals wisely. I know that the music perpetually calls, but you can and should totally make time to refuel your weary dancing bodies. You won’t regret trying out any of these local Austin vendors.   

Other sweet spots to take a break from the masses and music are the ACL Wine Lounge and Beer Hall. In past years, my friends and I have made the wine lounge our designated meet up spot. Not a bad place to regroup, chill out in the shade and wine down in between shows (also a great backdrop for pics!).

There’s also the silent disco — the strangest looking event, but most unique beat happening under the Tito’s tent for sure. It’s fun to partake, but equally as fun to stand by and watch people slip on their headphones and get down to music only they can hear.

Other tips for making your ACL weekend everything and more:
  • Drink water
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Bring ibuprofen, just in case
  • Don’t forget your inflatable couch thing
  • Activate your wristband before you arrive at the park
  • Go cashless! Link your credit card to your wristband so you can worry about one less thing
  • If you’re bringing a bag, make sure its size is ACL approved
  • Ride your bike to Barton! It’s fun and eco friendly!
  • If you’re going to try and get to the front for your favorite closing act, go before you go!
  • Be safe and aware of your surroundings
  • Take full advantage of all things Austin, TX before and after the festival
PEACE, LOVE, ACL
Be safe + Have fun!
Marfa, Texas

MARFA, TEXAS

Last week my friends and I took a weekend trip to Marfa, Texas.  The coolest, tiniest, and artsiest town west of the Mississippi. The place is mostly full of art junkies and southern hipsters who exiled themselves to such a place for the good of their own work — even the longtime locals are far out. 

There are galleries and shops and cafes, swimming pools at western chic hotels, all speckled throughout the town of nearly 2,000 individuals. The eclectic Marfans own and open their superettes only when they feel like it. Now, I say this with the utmost admiration for these folks, really.  Marfa living is easy living and I am all for it.  This town reps and proudly embraces the Mañana mantra: the belief that time allotted to do sweet nothing is time well spent. And what’s more, necessary.  

My friends and I fully embraced this Marfa mindset by chilling out (only somewhat literally of course, thanks to the 100+ degree weather) and getting some thorough relaxation in during our weekend stay.

El Cosmico

We bunked at El Cosmico, a sister property to Austin’s very own Hotel San Jose and the Austin Motel.  However, this place is unlike its siblings in that guests must throw their traditional hotel room expectations out the window. In fact, there aren’t really any “rooms,” or windows for that matter, at all.  The first night we stayed in a safari tent, complete with a bed, fan and mini bar. And that’s about it. No AC, no room service, no glamorous balcony overlooking the west Texas desert plains. At El Cosmico, you’re pretty much right up in it.  They’ve got outhouses for showers and wood fire Dutch hot tubs that look like bowls for salsa. It’s a bohemian’s paradise. They also offer other forms of lodging like tepees, yurts, and trailers ranging from tiny to extra large, which are really something else, inside and out.  The trailers were so enticing in fact, that we decided to upgrade ourselves to a small trailer, called Amigo, night two. Worth it.

The campsites were great, however, the heat of the West wastes no time in essentially forcing you to get up and get to it.  So once we were up and at ‘em by 8am, our days mostly consisted of a schedule as follows: breakfast, gallery viewing and chotsky shopping, lunch, pool, dinner and drinks… then maybe some more drinks, stargazing, and good conversation in the comfort of our hippie hideouts.  I’ve included a list below of some of our favorite spots to see and places to dine.

The Mañana Mindset

My favorite part of the trip, aside from all the pool lounging and art gawking, was the mood that Marfa inspired within me and those who I was with.  El Cosmico calls it a “liberation from an obsession with productivity. A revolutionary act rather than a dereliction of duty. A declaration of total freedom to say, “now, I do nothing for a little while.”  It might sound like a far out, utterly unattainable way of being, but if there is anywhere that can inspire your stress to flee and your mind to rest, it’s Marfa.

We met some incredible people in Marfa. Some who have lived there all their lives, and others who spend the summers there making art, or music, or simply finding their zen.

TO DO + SEE

  • Chianti Foundation — Donald Judd, patron art saint of Marfa who also owns most of the city, created an art installation of 100 unique boxes that live inside two large warehouses located on this property.  Also located at the foundation are several other buildings full of works by artists like Dan Flavin, Carl Andre, John Chamberlain and more. Definitely worth checking out.
  • Ayn Foundation Kruger Gallery — We were lucky enough to come through when the Ayn Foundation was hosting three massive Warhol paintings: versions of his famous project, The Last Supper.  This was #1 on my list of coolest things we saw, for sure.
  • Ballroom Marfa — A great gallery with unique exhibits and installations that come and go frequently.
  • Marfa Book CompanyGreat place to go if you forgot to pack a book for a trip to the land of no wifi especially.  But in general a shop worth checking out.
  • Hotel Saint George — Located in the middle of downtown, this place is great for food, drink, and there’s even a pool across the street.  The watering hole at Bar Nadar was our oasis from the midday heat.
  • Vending Machine — This is a shop, or a room rather, with only a vending machine inside.  It’s contents are more than just chips and crackers though. You can purchase sunglasses, t shirts, candy, buttons and more.  A novel idea I could get used to seeing more of around town.
  • Marfa-RecsVisit this website for even more Marfa recs!

TO EAT

  • Al Campo — This place has some damn good tapas and wine.  Plus, the ambiance is everything. This is where the locals hang, we know because there are so few of them that after two days in the town, we recognized them. All.
  • Squeeze Marfa — Our go to breakfast spot.  Coffee, pastries and yummy breakfast sammys – what more could you want?
  • Stellina — Italian food with family style seating.
  • Marfa Burrito Co. — I’ve never seen a bigger burrito.
  • Planet Marfa — Pizza and beer garden.
  • Do Your Thing Coffee Shop
  • Frama Coffee
EVENTS | SXSW Essentials

Seriously, how great would it be if our essentials were really just a backpack, sunglasses, hat and, of course, couple bottles of vodka?

The hat sunglasses and bag were used, but unfortunately, with this being our busiest time of year there were not many drinks to be had by the Dos Mundos Team. Not that we are complaining though — we thrive when we are this productive.

This being some of our team’s 10th year of attending, we are always amazed at how energy of SXSW pulses through the city of Austin. The excitement is infectious and at times it is hard to remember to slow down and enjoy. However, the one thing we’ve learned about attending this festival is that once you get there, plan to stay there all day. It is almost impossible to get in and out of the city, not to mention the parking situation — so having a well-planned bag is a must.

Here’s a peek at the basics in our SXSW survival list:

  • Mac Laptop  | we’ve got the new one, which is great for editing videos and photos on the spot)
  • Sony A7ii | In our opinion the best compact camera for capturing quality video + stills
  • 24-70 lens | allows for a decent distance range without being too bulky or too limiting
  • Lacie Hard Drive | for storing all that beautiful footage 😉
  • Sunglasses | we ALWAYS lose ours so these are freebies from the Mashable House
  • Janessa Leone Hat
  • Backpack ( from our local favorite Dylan Wylde)
  • Comfortable pair of Nike Airmax tennis shoes or a fine pair of boots depending on whether it is music or interactive ( we go a little more casual + sporty for the music portion)
  • Thunderbird + BoBo’s Oat Bars | Both gluten-free, no artificial sweeteners and they are gluten free!
HOLIDAYS | Happy Holidays from DMC!

Happy Holidays The DMC Team!

Big thanks to our talented friends In Your Eyes Photography for taking the great photos ! We can’t recommend them highly enough if you are getting married anytime in the near future they are some of the best in the industry — plus they are a pleasure to work with! We had such an amazing time!

EVENTS | Fall Headshot Event
We had an amazing time at our headshot event, thank you to everyone who came out to make this a success.

We also want to give a special shout-out to our PHENOMENAL hair and make-up team Alfonso Hernandez and Sarah Swofford! They are not only amazing artists, but they were just completely on-top of their game during this shoot. While juggling a hectic 3-set shoot, they also worked as our hype-team; they kept the energy level super high while simultaneously doing hair and make-up touch ups. We couldn’t have done it without them, and we think the photos speak for themselves. Thanks, Alfonso and Sarah!

PEOPLE | Welcome Chris Sebilia To The DMC Team!
Dos Mundos is pleased to welcome Chris Sebilia to the team. To learn more about our new creative powerhouse, we thought, “who better to conduct an interview than Chris himself?” Here are five questions for Chris…from Chris.

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