ACL Fest: Critics’ picks for Saturday, weekend two

Use what we learned during weekend one of Austin City Limits Festival to make sure your ACL Saturday night’s “Alright.”

Kendrick Lamar plays the Samsung Stage at ACL Fest weekend on Saturday October 1, 2016. Dave Creaney/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Kendrick Lamar plays the Samsung Stage at ACL Fest weekend on Saturday October 1, 2016. Dave Creaney/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Kendrick Lamar: One of the most important voices in music today, he delivered a powerful closing set last weekend on Day 2. Standing in a field of thousands shouting “We Gon’ Be Alright” felt emotionally and spiritually profound. (8:30 p.m. Samsung)

Kygo: The other end of the field will be a Saturday night turn up, with this Norwegian DJ providing the soundtrack. (8:30 p.m. Honda)

MUST-SEE ACTS

Andra Day performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park Saturday October 1, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Andra Day performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park Saturday October 1, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Andra Day: She emerged to taped strains of the Flamingos’ classic “I Only Have Eyes For You,” and thus the tone was set for a performance that was nothing less than captivating. Taking a page from her best known song, “Rise Up,” Day encouraged just that — a spiritual uprising — from the modest but enthralled Saturday afternoon crowd. (3:30 p.m. Saturday, Miller Lite)

Slaves: Ferocious and funny English hardcore-punk duo Slaves were last in Austin for SXSW 2014. Since then the band has become a bit of a big deal back home, including snagging a Mercury Prize nomination. Their weekend two–only ACL appearance gives U.S. fans a chance to see what all the fuss is about. (Noon Saturday, Cirrus Logic)

Jack Garratt: The British soul balladeer was billed as the next big thing this year, though the debut record fizzled in the States. The songs are fine but post-Sam Smith and Disclosure, kind of flat on record. But live, seeing the multi-instrumentalist juggle hats is a dazzling spectacle. (3:30 p.m. Saturday, Cirrus Logic)

Van McCann performs with Catfish and the Bottlemen on the opening weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Oct. 1. 10/01/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Van McCann performs with Catfish and the Bottlemen on the opening weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Oct. 1. 10/01/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Catfish & the Bottlemen: If you just like to R-O-C-K, they are the band this year. (4:30 p.m. Saturday, Honda)

Anderson.Paak: The singing rapper (rapping singer?) was a slam dunk at South by Southwest this year. This set is a special treat for weekend two fest-goers only.

Naked and Famous: They’ve made their nude, distinguished name by creating soaring songs stacked with anthemic hooks. When you’re immersed in an hour of their music, you truly feel like you’re in a fantasy film. Perhaps, oh, riding a luck dragon through the skies of Fantasia. Their Weekend One set made us believe in magic. (5:30 p.m. Saturday Cirrus Logic)

Bomba Estereo founder Simón Mejía lead singer Liliana Saumet perform on the opening weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Oct. 1. 10/01/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Bomba Estereo founder Simón Mejía lead singer Liliana Saumet perform on the opening weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Oct. 1. 10/01/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Bomba Estereo: You may have heard the addictive rhythms of the band’s smash single, “Soy Yo,” on the “FIFA ’16” soundtrack, or seen its body-positive music video. The clip is an answer to the bee girl from Blind Melon’s “No Rain”; in it, a young Latina girl bursts with swagger and self-acceptance while she discards would-be haters manifested as snooty and rich white girls. “We love it. Especially the video because it’s saying a message that the world needs with respect to tolerance, racism, accepting the differences in people,” band founder and architect Simón Mejía told Austin360 last weekend at Zilker. “We’re at a moment in the world where you’re seeing intolerance from colleges among students, to politicians. No matter what they say, what’s important is being yourself. Maintain your individuality, respect others, and let any negativity pass.” (6:30 p.m Saturday, Tito’s Handmade Vodka)

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