The second day of the Austin City Limits Festival seemed to draw everyone who wasn't at the University of Texas football game, and then some. The weather couldn't have been better for the Saturday event, which held several highlights, like folk-rockers The Avett Brothers, rap icon Eminem and EDM mastermind Skrillex. But the day also provided a couple lessons for festival organizers, particularly when it came to stage placement for current Top 40 royalty Iggy Azalea.
Nobody can deny after a 10-second sample of Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding's soul-lifting musical output that she has earned every plaudit her global devotees have dealt - and all the critical acclaim she has received - because of the beauty, talent and gifts that come from deep inside this former childhood musical prodigy.
The inaugural iteration of the Route 91 Harvest festival--a late entry to the crowded festival calendar--came to a close on Sunday in front of a dwindling but fired up Jason Aldean crowd.
Overall, the festival made its way with a few apparent stumbles but largely got the critical points like stage times and smooth crowd flow right.