The second day of the Austin City Limits Music Festival was a big one. The crowd was huge. The weather was hot and missing the nice breeze from the day before. Without work schedules getting in the way, the fans were out in full force for this second day of musical fun.
Due to real life constraints, I wasn’t able to attend the entire day. Which bummed me out as I had hoped to catch several bands that played earlier in the day. So when I arrived I caught The Walkmen. I don’t know much about them except what I have heard on various television shows, but they were a great sound for sitting and enjoying a hot day with a nice cold beer.
Then I walked across Zilker Park to watch Jet play at the Cingular stage. Jet apparently attracts a wide variety of people from preteens to older audiences. It certainly is interesting watching this mix of folks singing along to the same band. Jet really got the audience dancing and jumping around and fed off that energy only to give back even more. Unlike many bands, Jet sounds just as good live as they do in their recorded music. Their edgy retro-rock sound was a great hit for an outdoor festival.
After Jet, Bloc Party got started on the AMD stage. And the crowd gathered around was so large they commented several times about it being their biggest audience ever. This British band was definitely fun to watch with their post-punk show. They played a combination of old and new songs, all of which had the crowd going crazy. I have never seen so many people dancing and losing control at a show before.