Austin City Limits Music Festival Day Two: Kind of a Downer
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As the performances began at Zilker Park, they were accompanied by a much-needed downpour as venders, outside and in the festival, struggled for their piece of the poncho market-share.
There was even a certain camaraderie amongst festival goers, which replaced a feeling of tension brought on by the hot sun yesterday.
It could've been the cool, humid breeze, or the small size of the crowd -- less than a thousand -- or the tasteful, sorrowful tangents that the dueling guitars and pedal steel took on each song, but Phosphorescent's set was one of the most powerful of the day. The gloomy sky and rocky crags behind the stage provided the perfect backdrop, as Matthew Houck and his five-piece band played their way through a blazing country-tinged set.
The breeze subsided and drizzle picked up during Daniel Lanois' Black Dub's set. The front end of a dark storm cloud loomed overhead, as clear skies only one gust away said "see ya later." In the meantime, the air was stagnant and humid.
Over at the Google+ stage, Alexander's '60s soul-meets-gypsy-folk-meets-reggae had a big crowd. Almost all eight guys in his band wore some form of a fedora. Despite the music being a bit cheesy, the general attitude was fun, but at the same time festival goers were preparing for the rain to switch from a drizzle to an all out downpour.
In the late afternoon, Allison Krauss came out wearing a long flowing red and white dress, wielding a fiddle. She easily had the biggest crowd of the afternoon. Her tone, like many of the other acts that day, settled into melancholy territory. But it was easy to see why she's one of the great country artists, her voice was pitch perfect as she sang old dust-bowl country-folk songs with class.
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