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Heavy rains drench Zilker Park

Staff Writer
Austin 360

By Michael Corcoran

Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 13, 2013

Kings of Leon had just finished “Use Somebody” at about 9:35 p.m. and had walked offstage for the nightly encore charade when the skies opened up. The band came right back out and did “Don’t Matter,” the punkiest song of the new album “Mechanical Bull,” and there were two distinctly different reactions in the crowd. Half almost sprinted for the exits, while the other half celebrated the deluge for its chaos and spontaneity.

The downpour came less than half an hour before the day’s music ended, which isn’t so bad when you realize that folks weren’t stomping around from stage to stage as they had done when in poured in the afternoon of the ACL Saturday of 2009. But the rain only got worse, joined by lightning that made KoL’s light show seem hokey, and thunder that made our pets whimper and hide.

I went to a little showcase at Arlyn Recording at about midnight starring Reignwolf, a throbbing white Hendrix and the guitar maniac was drowned out by the thunder at one point. The rain outside was coming down in sheets.

You can be sure C3 crew will be working around the clock to drain as much of Zilker as possible, but that sure was a lot of water. We don’t know what to expect tomorrow, except we know that the smell of wet hay will be with us for days afterwards. Folks will show up later than usual, but walk less than they did today. It could very well end up being the music festival that turned into a Lionel Richie concert on the last day.