soulciti at acl 16 SUNDAY \\ WEEKEND II

The 2016 ACL FESTIVAL features a lineup performing on eight stages at Zilker Park over two weekends, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, and Oct. 7-9.

ATX local favorite MAGNA CARDA graced the Miller Lite stage on a warm, lazy Sunday to help kick off the final day of the Austin City Limits Festival. And what a way to get started. Their Hip Hop, Jazz and soul fusion lays down smooth grooves in a Sunday Funday fashion with a mellow mood all their own.

Though the set is earlier and attendance dwindled due to all the festival goers who went too hard the night before, MC still managed to generate a sizable crowd all of whom were certainly enjoying the show. The band keeps it upbeat and funky while front woman Megz delivers her lines effortlessly with the poise of a professional. Magna Carda absolutely shows what they can do with the stage if given a chance. It won't be a surprise to see them on bigger and better stages in future ACL fests.

Words by Russell Dizer. Photo by Stephanie Devon Warren.

Photo by Stephanie Devon Warren


Local Austin brother and sister duo CHARLIE BELLE didn't waste time with introductions and dropped straight into their set with Jenai on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, with her brother holding down the pocket on the drums and backup vocals.

As they begun, the crowd was sparse. But not long after the first song, their vibey sounds began drawing more fest goers into the Tito's Handmade Vodka Tent inceasing quickly from several dozen to nearly two hundred. Not even remotely shabby for the young talented upstarts.

The duo does a great job at creating "feel good" with lyrics and presentation that seem truly advanced given the group's young age. In true pro form, they sprinkle their set with unique covers of Maroon 5's Moves Like Jagger, The Beatles' Taxman and Blu Cantrell's Hit Em Up Style. (Were they even alive when that was out?) Wow. One can only imagine the levels they'll reach with more years and experience under their belt. Definitely keep this family on your list of bands to keep an eye out for in the future.

Words by Russell Dizer

Photo by Salihah Saadiq

In her own words "thicker than a snicker," LIZZO came through thick with her all girl squad and rocked the stage with Black Girl Magic on blatant display, with hair flipping and eyebrows on fleek.

As the first artist to grace the Honda Stage, she definitely set things off properly banging bears and injectors hooks. With a confidence that few can manage, Lizzo holds down double duty; dropping well delivered rhymes and silk and powerful vocals mixing singing and rapping exceptionally. Even more impressive is her ability to perform raps and sing with minimal reliance on backtracks. Girl can sing. Correction, sang.


You can tell she was feeling herself and rightfully so. The crowd couldn't help but feel the energy as she controlled the stage well. She chronicled the struggle that most deal with at the fest with Where the Hell My Phone and drew even more towards the stage with her lady empowering single Good As Hell. Lizzo had fans old and new fans rocking with her consistently.

Needless to say, she "kilt it". She closed the show properly with and I quote, "Shout out to the big girls." We see you big girl. We see you.

Words by Russell Dizer

Photo by Salihah Saadiq

Original Odd Future member DOMO GENESIS is stepping out on his own on the heels of his debut album ready to turn up at ACL. His DJ Take Flight held him down solidly on the wheels dropping classic joints we all know like Xxsplosive and You Don't Have to Call to Get Them Loose; but only for a moment to transition into his set.

Domo has a down to earth feel in his performance, music and humor. Engaging the crowd with Water Boy and Bring It movie references, this reeled the crowd back in for the rest of the set which included his band. Domo is an emcee, not just a rapper; there's a difference. You can see his influences with verses over classic hip hop beats like What You See Is What You Get and Nas / Mobb Deep. The beats knock and the words are clear and delivered with intention. If his ACL performance is any indication, Domo's new album Genesis is certainly worth a purchase.

Words by Russell Dizer


Tapping into the energy of every note played, GALLANT gives a great performance leaving a mark showing that R&B is still alive. With a falsetto reminiscent of a young Maxwell and maybe even a sprinkle of Usher, the Los Angeles singer carves a sound all his own while giving you the feeling you had listening to that classic 80's and 90 soul; with a futuristic twist.

Gallant runs the gamut knowing when to slow it down and speed it up, mixing ballads in with high energy tracks. The song Skipping Stones was a highlight to the set with the mellow, jazzy track. If Gallant is what the future of R&B holds - 'we gone be alright'. Check him out.

Words by Russell Dizer. Photo by Stephanie Devon Warren


My first time seeing this brother and I now see what the fuss is about. He wastes no time and begins his performance with his most well known song, Holding On to get the crowd started up. Speaking of holding on, he can definitely hold a note. If one weren't familiar with Mr. Porter's music, you still knew once he stepped on stage it was about that jazz. And he did not fail on this assumptive promise.

His band, complete with a stand-up bass, tenor sax, basic drum kit and the pianist on what appeared to be a baby grand, came ready to work. Each musician was proficient and played impressively. Porter, keeping in the spirit of jazz singers of old, demonstrated a control of his voice rivaling many musicians with instruments.

GP and the band truly captivated the crowd with a funky rendition of Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and killed it after with Musical Genocide with interpolations ranging from Melvin and the Blue Notes to Bob Marley. Mr. Porter absolutely lives up to the hype and I'm a believer

Words by Russell Dizer. Photo by Salihah Saadiq.

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