ACL SATURDAY REVIEW: Rufus Wainwright

Life & Arts Editor

Rufus Wainwright is our generation’s Elton John.

He does wonders on a piano, wears elaborate and fanciful clothing and knows how to put on a show.

Wainwright donned a psychedelic zebra-striped suit as he tickled the ivories on the Bud Light stage at ACL Saturday.

Wainwright’s career is a vast one, including composing an opera, recording 10 full-length albums and touring since the age of 13.  He has also appeared in and recorded for many feature films and is an outspoken advocate for gay rights.

At his show, however, Wainwright’s set was about having fun, even during the slow songs.  He played music to dance to and the crowd took the hint.

Everyone within one-hundred feet of the stage was swaying and bouncing to the melodies of Wainwright’s songs.

Despite the grey skies and looming threat of rain, Wainwright kept the mood as bright as could be.