soulciti at acl 16 SATURDAY \\ 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.
ANDRA DAY'S RETRO SOUL

ANDRA DAY took us to church at the Miller Lite stage Saturday afternoon. The spirits of Nina, Ella, and Billie could be heard in this amazing voice as she sang her own brand of retro-soul with pop, jazz, and rock influences. The raw emotion of songs like "Gold" and a heart wrenching performance of "Rise Up" were crowd favorites and promised more to come from this rising star.

Words by Monique Hatch. Photo by Stephanie Devon Warren.

Video by Ahsjah Exume

Photos by Stephanie Devon Warren and Salihah Saadiq
Photo by Stephanie Devon Warren

ANDERSON .PAAK BRINGS THE TRUTH

ANDERSON .PAAK came to handle business.

Oozing in Black Nerd magnificence he never stops moving while sporting a glorious custom Ren and Stimpy jersey. Jealousy be damned. His band The Free Nationals are equally intense. .Paak even took a moment to acknowledge the few black folk in the crowd. As talented as the brother is with the pen and the vocals, he is just as proficient – if not more – on the drums. The pocket stays clean, all while singing and not missing a word nor note.

It's rare to have an artist that has the full package: with his writing, singing, rapping, production, even dancing, it's near impossible not to like what this man does. It probably goes without saying that this brother is the truth.

Words by Russell Dizer

DJ Mustard // Photo by Salihah Saadiq
Photo by Salihah Saadiq

LL COOL JAMES IS STILL HARD AS HELL

Cool James still got it. Still cold, still fine, and still licking those lips, Hip-hop legend LL COOL J took fans on a fantastic voyage through his extensive career with tracks like"Momma Said Knock You Out," "Bad," and "Head Sprung." Nostalgia had the added effect of lightening the mood and turning the entire crowd into an all-out dance party.

Words by Monique Hatch

SCHOOL BOY Q

A NEW STAR

SCHOOL BOY Q has come a long way from Habits & Contradictions. He’s at a point in his career where he has a collection of songs the whole crowd knows. In a perfect combination of West Coast G-funk trap, Q's raw persona and polished delivery showed his hit-making potential and why he has achieved his current level of success and notoriety. It's hard to stand in the shadow of the giant that is his labelmate Kendrick Lamar (to whom he shouted out constantly with love), but the Groovy Q himself proves he is a star in his own right, generating an irresistible gravitational pull.

Words by Russell Dizer. Photo by Salihah Saadiq

Photos by Salihah Saadiq

BEST OF THE FEST.

With backdrops of famous figures like Ronald Reagan, Mike Tyson, Michael Jordan, 2Pac, and various other Black notables and major events, KENDRICK LAMAR made his presence known, showing clearly who everyone came to see for the night.

With the crowd in the palm of his hand, Kendrick never relinquished control and commanded everyone to do his bidding, keeping arms and bodies constantly in motion. Kendrick had probably the Blackest moments of the fest when dropping the shade-conscious "Complexion," the regal declaration of "King Kunta," and the new age Black empowerment anthem "Alright." Showing his staying power, the artist formally known as K Dot weaved a set of well-known hits and album cuts, both old and new, satisfying the diehard fans, while exciting the casual listeners.

Kendrick’s was easily the best set of the fest.

Words by Russell Dizer

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