Kendrick Lamar is no ordinary artist and consequently his Austin City Limits Festival headline set on Saturday night didn’t follow any sort of predictable structure. His last show in Austin, a comparatively intimate taping for “Austin City Limits,” was a deep dive into his dense jazz exploration, “To Pimp a Butterfly.” This go round, facing a field of thousands, some of whom sprinted the field to stake a place for his set, he took a broader approach.

While black and white footage of prominent black Americans from Oprah to Tupac flashed across the big screen behind the stage, he opened with “Levitate,” a selection from last year’s “Untitled” collection. From there, he front-loaded the set with older faves like “Backseat Freestyle” and “Swimming Pools,” the latter of which played, poignantly, with an image of Prince on the big screen.

After dropping his furious verses over the stutter shot groove on his homie Schoolboy Q’s track “Collard Greens,” he brought out Q himself, who just finished rocking a side stage, to join him on “That Part.” - [Austin 360]

The first weekend of Austin City Limits Festival continued on Saturday (10/1) with a lineup that included headliner Kendrick Lamar along with Schoolboy Q, LL Cool J, Andrew Bird, Andra Day Kamaiyah, Lucy Dacus, AlunaGeorge and more. We've got pictures of Day 2 in this post, which you can check out in the gallery above.

Pictures from ACL day 1 are HERE. ACL weekend 2 happens October 7-9.


photos by Tim Griffin

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