ACL Fest 2016 rolls on: Saturday starts with great weather and UT-OU

Temperatures in the low 70s with little humidity, a clear blue sky and a cool breeze greeted the few hundred folks who gathered for the 11 a.m. opening gates at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on the second day of weekend two. Fest crew did some pre-checks of bags while people waited in line, helping to make for a quick entry once the “Star Wars” theme signaled that it was time to let everyone in.

Some Kendrick Lamar fans rushed east toward the Samsung stage, where the hip-hop star will headline tonight. Others headed for the beer hall, where the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners game was set to begin on the big-screen TV.

Gathered around a sawhorse table near the middle of the beer hall was in intriguing mix of fans in both Texas orange and Oklahoma red, seemingly getting along just fine. (Of course, the score was still 0-0 at that point.) “Yeah, we’re friends,” UT fan Matt Barnette acknowledged, gesturing to OU supporters Darren and Theresa Parmele to his left.

A friendly mix of Texas and Oklahoma fans, plus a stray Aggie, take in the Red River Rivalry at the ACL Fest Beer Hall on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. Dave Creaney/American-Statesman

A friendly mix of Texas and Oklahoma fans, plus a stray Aggie, take in the Red River Rivalry at the ACL Fest Beer Hall on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. Dave Creaney/American-Statesman

Though they’re taking in the game early, Matt mentioned he plans to catch Nothing But Theives’ 12:45 p.m. set on the Honda Stage. Darren said he’s looking forward to Saint Motel on that stage at 2:30 p.m. They name-checked Cage the Elephant and LL Cool J as other acts they hope to catch later in the day.

But back to football. “We’ve got an Aggie here for good measure,” Darren joked, pointing to their pal David Wolf, decked out in a Texas A&M shirt. Which leads to the obvious question: Who does an Aggie root for in this game?

“A tie,” Wolf figured. “Or lightning strikes the stadium!” Eventually he suggested he might prefer to see Texas win, simply because he thinks Charlie Strong staying at UT longer might be a good thing for the Aggies.

On screen at the Cotton Bowl, Texas had just intercepted a pass, resulting in a field goal and a 3-0 lead. But Oklahoma responded with a touchdown to go up 7-3 as the first quarter ended. Cheers of “Texas Fight!” — followed on this day by the obligatory “Oklahoma Sucks!” — already are echoing across the grounds, and the beer hall is likely to get a lot more crowded as the afternoon wears on.

 

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