Recap: Austin City Limits Music Festival 2012 Day 2
Gray skies loomed over Zilker Park, as day two was well under way. In true ACL fashion, even with the threat of rain lingering, the shows did go on.
Rufus Wainwright (Photo Credit: Billboard.com)
The afternoon started with Austin’s the Wheeler Brothers, who rocked the Austin Ventures stage. Rufus Wainwright gave a stunning performance performing a variety of hits. One of his backup singers, Crystal Warren, performed “I Don’t Know” by Wainwright’s late mother. Many of his songs had sentimental value to him, noting before them who they were dedicated to. After his performance, Wainwright signed autographs in the Waterloo Records’ Autograph tent.
It wasn’t too long after, when the skies grew darker and as Band of Skulls started to play at the Barton Springs Stage, the rain started to fall. The crowds’ cheering got louder, as the rain came down faster. The rain was definitely a welcomed change from the heat and humidity of day one.
Soon the downpour was over though and, even though the grounds were muddy, there was still plenty of energy in the air. As concert-goers dried off, they also prepared themselves for the long night of music ahead.
While festival-goers were enjoying the music, they had the opportunity to keep the grounds green. All around the
BASSNECTAR (Photo Credit: Aubree Lennon)
festival, the Rock & Recycle team helped to keep the park clean and litter free by offering green bags that festival goers could fill up in exchange for a limited edition “Rock & Recycle” t-shirt.
Here are some of the artists that rounded out day two. The Roots did several covers, including Guns n Roses‘ “Sweet Child of Mine.” BASSNECTAR was a fan favorite Saturday night, as they rocked it out on the AMD stage. At one point, the artist even instructed the audience to scream so people at other stages would come over.
Jack White and Neil Young and Crazy Horse closed the night on two different stages. As guests walked away from the concert early, they could still hear the sounds of ACL on their way to the shuttle.