One thing I love most about Austin is the live music it has to offer. There’s always someone to see any given weekend but the Austin City Limits Festival is something so different than any other live music scene or festival. Each weekend of ACL is packed full of artists. There’s music going on each day from about noon to 10pm, tons of tasty food from local restaurants and food trucks, local shopping and not to mention the amazing view of our downtown skyline at night as it overlooks Zilker Park.
On the Saturday of Weekend 2, my co-worker, Jillian, and I arrived pretty early since we had some scheduled interviews with a couple artists. After doing our interviews we enjoyed the day and saw several different artists perform during the afternoon, did some shopping and of course ate some of the yummy food ACL has to offer.
Chance the Rapper was playing that night around 8PM and we had heard that his show was definitely one to see. We decided to go back to my house to rest for a couple of hours because we realized we’re too old for ACL. We just simply couldn’t keep up with all the college kids and if we wanted to see Chance we needed some rest to be able to make it through the night. Ya’ll, we had to rally to get back out to ACL to see Chance but I am SO GLAD WE DID!
If you don’t know too much about Chance let me start with this…he’s known in the Contemporary Christian Music world for his song “How Great” which is based on the Chris Tomlin hit “How Great Is Our God.” He’s also known for this spiritually-inspired music that often deals with Christian themes and he has been featured in “Relevant”, a Christian magazine.
Jillian and I made it back to see Chance and his show was incredible! He was backed by his band and a choir on stage, pretty much every song had a spiritual theme and he mentioned his relationship with Jesus several times. His song “Blessings” was one of my favorites and part of the lyrics are, “I’m gonna praise Him, praise Him till I’m gone…” After a couple of the songs I knew we had a real different kind of show on our hands. If you’ve been to ACL you know how many people attend. It’s packed and there were so many people, had to have been thousands that were gathered around the stage watching Chance perform and they all knew every word. I remember looking at Jillian at one point during the show and said “I wish everyone would REALLY pay attention and understand the words they are singing!”
Chance isn’t going anywhere because he moves people. People are drawn to him and that was so evident. He created an atmosphere within the hour that he was on stage that was inspiring and encouraging. He was real, honest and so personal within every song he sang. It was so refreshing and good to see a headliner at ACL use the stage for good and not only that, but truly point people to Jesus. As we were walking away I heard a girl behind me say “I feel like I just went to a Revival!” Another person said “I didn’t know a rapper could be so gospel!” It’s true, Chance took ACL to church and it was amazing!