ACL '09: The Rain's Stopped (For Now) As Crowds Wait For Pearl Jam--And Maybe The Toadies?

The early outlook here on the Day Three of the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival isn't too bad. The sun has peeked out from behind the clouds here and there, and, for the time being, the rain has held off.

Forecasts appear to indicate more rain as the day continues, though, and, surely, that will only add the the muddy mess that Zilker Park's grounds have become--a true shame, too, since everyone was raving about the fresh, gold course-like grass on Friday's beautiful afternoon.

Still, as yesterday proved, the weather won't be too likely to keep the already-paid crowds away--and certainly not for Pearl Jam's festival closing set, which faces no concurrent competition from any of the other stages.

As for other highlights, there are plenty: The Dead Weather, The Dirty Projectors, Passion Pit, Girl Talk, Dan Auerbach, The White Lies, The Heartless Bastards, and The B-52s among them. Locally, Dallas native David Garza performs an early set on the Austin Ventures stage, but the big one, surely, is the Toadies' 4 p.m. slot on the festival's main LiveStrong stage. Vaden Todd Lewis and Co. will face competition from the opposite end of the park, where the Arctic Monkeys will perform at the same time--so it'll be interesting to see the turnout and response offered the band.

We'll recap it all for you first thing tomorrow morning. For up-to-the-minute updates, though, please follow our DC9 at Night twitter stream, where we'll keep giving you updates on all things ACL as the weekend comes to a close.

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