Austin Metropolis Limits Music Competition (Day 1) Will get in a Groove With The Lumineers, Maggie Rogers, The Mars Volta, The Nationwide Parks
Austin’s Zilker Park welcomed 1000’s of visitors for the opening festivities of Austin Metropolis Limits Music Competition’s first weekend. Sunny skies and heat – however not scorching – temperatures dominated the early afternoon, however fortunately shade was plentiful, whether or not followers had been nestling beneath bushes, knocking again brews on the Barton Springs Beer Corridor, or eating on native favorites within the tented areas by ACL Eats, the place the scent of barbecue wafted over the breeze. (Day one meals spotlight: The Authentic Black’s BBQ’s chopped brisket sandwich.) Essentially the most notable hitch on day one was Kendrick Lamar taking up an abbreviated set resulting from airplane points. However within the northwest nook of the pageant, the Honda Stage and Miller Lite Stage traded off units easily, so there was at all times music enjoying by way of the tip of the night time, capping issues off with The Lumineers’ headlining efficiency. Listed here are 4 units that stood out from Day 1:
The Nationwide Parks
With the solar beating down on the gang early within the afternoon, the vitality by the Miller Lite Stage began off laid-back when The Nationwide Parks took the stage. The Utah outfit dutifully received the gang over all through their set with their upbeat and anthemic people anthems, led by singer Brady Parks’ hovering vocalists. The lead-in to memorable mid-set monitor “Monsters of the North” noticed Sydney Macfarlane (keyboards) and Megan Taylor Parks (fiddle) each commerce of their normal devices in favor of a shared drum package, making a rollicking beat alongside drummer Cam Brannelly. By the point the set’s nearer, “As We Ran,” got here round, the gang was totally engaged, crouching to the bottom at Parks’ request earlier than leaping up in unison in a last exuberant second.
The Mars Volta
The Mars Volta delivered among the most unusual sounds of ACL’s first day with their expansive instrumental breakdowns, smashing drum hits, squiggly synths, and otherworldly guitar riffs (led by standout work from Omar Rodriguez-Lopez). However on the coronary heart of all of it for the Texas prog rockers was Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s electrifying stage presence, as he tossed the mic stand, twirled the microphone, and leapt across the stage. The slow-burning mid portion of “L’Through L’Viaquez” showcased Bixler-Zavala’s sturdy vocals earlier than giving solution to a chaotic breakdown.
“I’m so excited to be at ACL,” Maggie Rogers instructed an keen crowd. “I got here for the primary time after I was a sophomore in school … I noticed Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards play, and it modified my life.” This time, it was Rogers’ flip to maybe spark an aspiring younger musician within the crowd together with her joyous set. Early lower “Need Need” showcased the singer’s robust stage presence and command of the gang, whereas low-key new track “Don’t Overlook Me” let Rogers’ voice shine. The mid-song transition from “Retrograde” to the duvet of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Any individual (Who Loves Me)” had the gang grooving. On the track’s coda, Rogers paused for impact, letting the cheers construct earlier than unleashing a hovering sustained word. And within the waning moments of daylight, a sea of illuminated cellphone lights fittingly bobbed all through the gang to the electrifying hit “Mild On.”
The Lumineers seized the eye of the viewers from the get-go, bringing the band onto the b-stage that jutted into the center of the gang and opening with a few of their hit singles, like “Cleopatra” and “Ho Hey.” Lead singer Wesley Schultz’s voice shined vivid on “Lifeless Sea,” backed by the stable thump of Jeremiah Fraites’ drums. “Gradual It Down” additionally noticed simply Schultz and Fraites take the b-stage once more, led by the stable spine of the kick drum and the jangle of the tambourine, with an enormous disco ball lowered and reflecting gentle within the backdrop.
Covers additionally made the set memorable, with “Chief of the Landslide” bleeding right into a folksy rendition of The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t At all times Get What You Need.” After that, Schultz teased the gang: “Since we’re in Austin, we wish to do one thing particular for y’all.” He defined that Austin legend Willie Nelson is one in every of their music heroes, so the band delivered a canopy of “A Tune for You,” set to dramatic piano prospers and Schultz’ strong vocals.