ACL 2012: Sunday's 10 Best & Funniest Moments at Zilker
The rains came early on Sunday morning, but by the time the ACL opened up for business before noon, there was hardly a cloud in the sky, making for an extremely warm and muddy day. The biggest acts of the day -- Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iggy & the Stooges, Crystal Castles, and the Avett Brothers -- helped attract a sizable crowd to the last day of the last single-weekend ACL. We're going double-barrels next year, folks.
Photos by Marco Torres Gary Clark Jr.
1. Gary Fucking Clark Jr.
Wow. I started off my Sunday afternoon with a slab of Texas blues with Gary Clark Jr. on the AMD stage. The hometown Austin hero delivered a riveting set in front of an attentive crowd, reminding us why he is Eric Clapton's favorite guitarist. Friends and family of Clark, plus some very major press outlets, were scattered all over the side stage area too, to see Clark overtake another rung on the ladder of rock stardom. CRAIG HLAVATY
2. I'm In the Wrong Profession
I feel like I need to take up ASL. The people who sign the lyrics on some of the bigger stages appear to be having more fun than anyone else in Zilker Park. BRITTANIE SHEY
3. The Lumineers on the Austin Ventures Stage
That "Ho Hey" band has grown considerably in popularity since their slot was announced earlier this year. Their crowd created a hilariously agitated bottleneck as they swelled in mass to see them. The sound bleed from the Die Antwoord show on the larger Honda stage nearby made it hard to hear this year's biggest faux-folk that isn't Mumford & Sons. The band could have easily set up shop where The Weeknd's slot -- he canceled due to health reasons -- was supposed to be. CRAIG HLAVATY
4. The Best DJ of ACL
With all due respect to A-Trak, Avicii and Bassnectar, my favorite performance by a DJ at this year's festival was someone who was added to the lineup at the very last minute. Austin's DJ Mel was set to open up for The Weeknd at a pre-ACL party Friday night in Austin, but he was removed from that show after a "management change of heart."
Sunday morning, The Weeknd was forced to cancel his ACL afternoon set due to medical reasons, leaving the organizers scrambling to replace his time slot.
And wow, did DJ Mel save the day! As I was walking by the Barton Springs stage on my way to shoot Iggy & the Stooges, I was mesmerized by the raging party of electronic rap-rock remixes going on, with a sizable crowd jumping and reveling in the mud. He mixed in Jay and Kanye's "Niggas In Paris" with Lil Jon's "Bia Bia" with DJ DMD's "25 Lighters On My Dresser," all with a flow that had Zilker all the way turnt up!
Mel has been an institution in Austin for almost two decades, winning praise as a true "DJ's DJ" by Z-Trip and many others. His perfect balance of scratching and mixing is a must-see, or must-hear. Now available for birthdays, weddings and major music festivals. MARCO TORRES