10/12/13…Austin City Limits Music Festival @ Zilker Park, Day Two

After a great start to my ACL weekend I was looking forward to an amazing Day Two.  I drove down to the city with the hopes of parking in the Palmer Events Center, but unfortunately the lot was closed again.  When I attempted to park at the Elks Club again, it seemed to already be full, so I decided to just drive around till I found something.  I ended up parking at a lot near Threadgill’s, which is a much further hike.  Because it was so hot out I decided to take a pedi-cab to the park this time.

Mr. Pedi-Cab Driver

Mr. Pedi-Cab Driver

It was a pleasant, although bumpy ride.  As I was walking over to the Bud Light stage to see my first band, I just had to stop and take a photo of this great view of Austin’s skyline.  It was beautiful!!

I got there just in time for Delta Rae.  I wasn’t familiar with this band, but there was nobody else I wanted to see at this time slot, so I figured, ‘What the hell??’  They were more of a country band, so a little bit out of my comfort zone, but they were very good.  They were into their set and they had the crowd into them too.  I liked it.  I didn’t love it, but I liked it.  Before they were over, I made my way over to the Lady Bird stage to get my blanket set up for Portugal. The Man.  I had heard such great things about this band.  I have one of their albums, but I’m not that familiar with all of their songs.  They had a great crowd for their show.  I have to admit though, that I was feeling really exhausted and the sun beating down did not help.  I ended up laying down under my umbrella and I kinda dozed off for a minute.  But I’ll tell ya what woke me up…this incredibly badass cover they did of the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter”.

Yeah, I totally woke up for that.  This band is more of a psychedelic rock band, so this version of the song was so unique and cool.  I really loved it.  And I managed to stay up for the rest of their rocking set.  I wish I had seen the whole thing because my sleeping is no reflection of their performance.  They were great!  When they were done I headed back to the Bud Light stage to catch The Joy Formidable.

Again, this is a band that I am only somewhat familiar with.  I have one of their albums, like it, & was curious to see what they were like live.  There are 3 members: a bassist, drummer, and a great female vocalist/guitarist.  This little blonde girl was so cute!  She was jumping up and down, singing & smiling, but rocking out on that guitar.  I loved it!!  When they were on the last song, I started to walk over to the Samsung Galaxy stage to see Wilco, I looked up at the jumbo tron and saw that the singer had jumped off the stage and was running along the sawhorse blocking off the fans and letting everyone play on her guitar.  I had to stop and watch till the end.  That was very cool. 🙂  Somebody gave her a birthday hat which she kept on until she got back onstage to finish the song.  Not sure if it was actually her birthday, but it was pretty funny.  When they were done, I moved on to see Wilco.  I’m a fan, but not a HUGE fan.  And while I have a ton of their music, I’m not as familiar with all of it as I could be.  So I was really happy to see them play, but I wasn’t exactly blown away.  They’re a pretty mellow band.  Nothing crazy went on.  They did pull out a couple of oldies, but goodies, which I did enjoy.  Here’s their set list:

After they finished playing I ran to grab some food.  I was super excited to see Kendrick Lamar because I had heard such great things about his live shows.  When I started approaching the Honda stage I was left dumbfounded at the amount of people surrounding it.  It was a SEA of people.  I had to take a picture.

Kendrick Lamar Crowd

Kendrick Lamar Crowd

I seriously had not seen a crowd that big yet at the fest.  WOW!!  He had already started playing.  I got there on his 3rd or 4th song.

  1. (Part 1)
  2. (A$AP Rocky cover)
  3. (interlude)
  4. (Part 2)
  5. Encore:

I was impressed right away.  Dude rolls with a live band and they were so GOOD!  He sounded amazing…really as good as he does on record.  But his stage presence is what really impressed me.  He had that crowd in the palm of his hands and he had total control of his audience.  I just couldn’t believe that he was able to get everybody, & I mean EVERYBODY jumping.  This is another fan’s video of the madness.  Check it out:


I would love to see this guy perform a full show.  I can only imagine how crazy it would get.  I started walking over to the Lady Bird stage to find my spot for The Cure because I thought Kendrick’s show was over.  And then, I heard his music come back on.  I was pissed because I would have stayed over there if I had thought he would encore.  But the stage lights had come on, so I thought he was done.  Booo!!  But it was pretty difficult to cut across the crowd to get to The Cure’s stage, so I just kept going.  I wasn’t interested in getting super close.  There were just too many people.  So I picked a good spot where I had a nice view of the big screens.  I mostly wanted to be able to enjoy the show without being packed in the crowd.  I had NEVER seen The Cure up until now so this was the moment I had been waiting for!  I was too too excited.  And Robert Smith did NOT let me down.

I mean, REALLY???  Look at that set list!!  I was in heaven, I tell ya!!  I enjoyed every single minute of this show.  And I was so psyched to see how much Robert Smith enjoyed his audience.  He was smiling and dancing around.  It was so great.  About half an hour before their set ended it started to rain…rain HARD!!  Because it was the end of the night and I really didn’t care if I got wet, I didn’t even bother putting up my umbrella.  I just put on my hood and enjoyed the music.  I stayed till the bitter end.  “Boys Don’t Cry” was their final song.  There was no encore.  They just ended there.  It was two hours of bliss.  I was so happy to finally have seen one of my favorite bands.  I was drenched & satisfied!  I actually walked all the way back to my car.  It took me about 40 minutes, but I was always in the midst of a crowd, so it was all good.  The worst part was driving home sopping wet.  I wasn’t looking forward to the next day of mud, but I WAS looking forward to the next day of music.  It would be my biggest day of the weekend..or so I thought!



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