Review by: Shawn Kellner
Photos By: Fletcher Christian Pickering
The final day of Austin City Limits Festival 2012 started out better than day two. The Texas weather was absolutely gorgeous. The temperature was perfect, and most importantly, rock and roll was in the air. Early highlights included: Kimbra, The Boxer Rebellion, Kopecky Family Band, Freelance Whales, Lera Lynn, and The Devil Makes Three.
The breakout artist of the entire weekend was Gary Clark Jr who performed on the AMD stage. His flavor of blue and rock music is absolutely electrifying in every way, shape, and form. It channels the souls of blues rock songwriting greats including Jimmy Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. The crowd was absolutely mesmerized during his entire set.
Another enjoyable part of ACL 2012 was Austin Kiddie Limits. As a festival within a festival AKL serves as a safe sanctuary for both kids and their parents with targeted programming throughout the weekend. As kids of all ages and their parents entered AKL they were treated to complimentary frozen yogurt push pops while enjoying performances by Jambo, The School of Rock, Peter DiStefano and Tor, and Chicago's own Ralph's World.
We had the pleasure of discussing ACL and AKL with several of the AKL performers as well as organizer, producer, and performer Tor Hyams.
Interview with Steve from Jambo:
Interview with Peter DiStefano (Porno For Pyros, Lance Herbstrong):
Interview with AKL producer and performer Tor Hyams:
Interview with Ralph Covert (Ralph's World):
The afternoon included incredible performances by Die Antwood, Two Door Cinema Club, The Dunwells, The Lumineers, Iggy and The Stooges, Old 97's, Crystal Castles, and Childish Gambino.
Unfortunately, The Weeknd had to cancel their set due to sickness and DJ Mel filled in.
The weekend concluded with a two hour Red Hot Chili Peppers set that included a long list of hits. After a long weekend that mixed all levels of music together it was nice to sit back and enjoy an energetic, electrifying, emotional performance by one of the most well known bands still active on the festival circuit. Highlights of the bands set included: Dani California, Suck My Kiss, Under The Bridge, Californication, By The Way, and Give It Away.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Austin City Limits Setlist:
Monarchy of Roses
(Stone Cold Bush intro)
She's Only 18
Snow ((Hey Oh))
Throw Away Your Television
Tell Me Baby
The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
Right on Time
Suck My Kiss
Under the Bridge
(Ten Years Gone tease)
By the Way
Chad & Mauro & Josh Jam
Sir Psycho Sexy
They're Red Hot
(Robert Johnson cover)
Give It Away
The festival concluded with a few closing remarks from Flea. It was one of the most powerful conclusions to a festival I have ever experienced. He hit the nail on the head with him message "Support Live Music!, All Live Music!"
Flea's closing remarks:
Enjoy this recap of Austin City Limits Day 3: