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At ACL Fest day two, cooler weather, hot buzz for Eminem

Eric Webb
ewebb@statesman.com

At 11 a.m. sharp, the gates opened and it started all over again.

The scene inside Zilker Park buzzed with excitement Saturday morning for the second day of Austin City Limits Music Festival. Attendees unfurled maps, speedwalked to their chosen stages with folding chairs on their backs and made a beeline for the water filling station.

The second day of ACL has already defeated the first in one regard: gorgeous weather. As if yesterday’s sunny skies and mild temperatures weren’t pleasant enough, a thermometer dip Saturday started things off in the 60s. The high is 81 degrees; the low is 59. For Austin, that’s practically sweater weather.

Surrounding the festival, the ever-present scalpers seemed to have increased in number, with many already out on Barton Springs Road by 10 a.m. The going rate for the parking lots dotting the street still seems to be $30, the same as Friday.

Day one received good reviews in the crowd outside the gates. Father and daughter Brian and Katie Stine of Houston are at the fest for their second year in a row, and they plan to make it an annual tradition. Their Friday highlights were Belle & Sebastian and Beck. Today, they said they are looking forward to Broken Bells, Lana del Rey and The Head and the Heart.

Justin Escobedo and Manny Garcia drove in from McAllen yesterday, one-day passes in hand (or on wrist, as the case may be). Their main objective: seeing rap icon Eminem, one of Saturday’s headliners.

“As soon as we heard he was gonna be here, we got a pass,” Escobedo said.

The pair, who grew up on the “My Name Is” rapper’s music, were confident in Slim Shady.

“I think he’s gonna have a good show,” Garcia said. “He’s not gonna disappoint us.”

Two sets kicked off the jams at 11:15 a.m.: Blue Bear on the Austin Ventures stage and Wesley Bray and the Disciples of Joy on the Sculpture stage. Tonight’s headline draws: Eminem on the Samsung Galaxy stage and dubstep emissary Skrillex on the Honda stage, both at 8:30 p.m. The big questions tonight include how the crowds will spread between two headliners with an ear for aggressive sounds, as well as whether or not Eminem can top OutKast’s jubilant, funky, populist, monster-sized set on Friday night.