Sunday, October 30, 2016

Formula 1 Roars Into Austin

The 2016 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix roared into Austin's Circuit of the Americas track on October 21 through October 23, 2016.



The race was won by #44, Lewis Hamilton of England, racing for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team.




Coming in second was #6, German born Nico Rosberg, also racing for the Mercedes team.





Third was Daniel Ricciardo, #3, an Australian racing for Red Bull Racing.




Limelight Imaging was honored to be there to capture the excitement. Here's what some of the action looked like.


Saturday, October 22, 2016 - Qualifying









Sunday, October 23, 2016 - Race Day



















Monday, October 24, 2016

ACL Fest Week Two: The Awesomeness Continues

Once again the weather was perfect as music fans filled the Great Lawn of Zilker Park in Austin, Texas for weekend two of the 15th annual Austin City Limits Music Fest. October 7, 8 and 9 of ACL Fest brought out thousands of music fans to see even more great musical acts, in addition to some of the previous weeks greats.


Music fans hurry to the gates


A beautiful day to listen to some great music


Fans gather at the Miller Lite Stage to listen to The Struts


While the music was the star of the weekend, festival-goers were also treated to some of the great culinary favorites found in Austin like Amy's Ice Cream, Austin's Pizza, Chi'Lantro BBQ, Torchy's Tacos, The Salt Lick BBQ, and P. Terry's Burger Stand, to name a few.  If fans were feeling a little parched, they could revive with the likes of  High Brew Coffee, Shade Tree Organic Lemonade, GoodPop Popsicles, Maine Root Beverages, Tito's Handmade Vodka, and Juiceland.  Of course, there was also an abundance of the favorite cold beverage of many music lovers, 17 different craft beers, including Real Ale Firemans #4.








Friday, October 7

Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel

Once again our first stop on the festival grounds was for the performance by "The Kings of Western Swing," Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel.


Ray Benson

Along with Ray Benson, the members of Asleep At The Wheel include Dave Sanger on drums, Dave Miller on bass, Eddie Rivers on steel guitar, Connor Forsyth on piano, Jay Reynolds on sax and clarinet, Dennis Ludiker on fiddle and mandolin and Katie Shore on Fiddle.


Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel

Eddie Rivers

Dennis Ludiker

Ray Benson

Connor Forsyth


The Wombats

The English Rock band The Wombats have released 3 studio albums and 7 Eps. They have been nominated for awards in England and Europe.


Matthew Murphy of The Wombats

The band includes Matthew Murphy on vocals, guitar, and keys, Dan Haggis on drums, guitar, keys, and vocals, and Tord Overland Knudsen on bass, guitar, and keys.


Tord Overland Knudsen

The Wombats


Banks and Steelz

The Hip-Hop/ alternative group Banks and Steelz was back for the second weekend.


Banks ans Steelz

The group consists of musician Paul Banks and rapper RZA accompanied by drummer Matt Barrick.


RZA

Paul Banks

Matt Barrick


Prinze George

Fans couldn't get enough of the synth pop group Prinze Geroge during weekend one.


Prinze George

Prinze George includes vocalist Naomi Almquist, guitarist Kenny Grimm, and drummer Isabelle De Leon.


Naomi Almquist

Naomi Almquist


Chairlift

Chairlift is a synth pop duo based in Brooklyn, NY.  They have released 3 studio albums, the latest of which, Moth, was released in January 2016.


Chairlift

Patrick Wimberly and Caroline Polachek


Chairlift's members are vocalist/synth player Caroline Polachek, and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Wimberly.

Caroline Polachek

Caroline Polachek

Patrick Wimberly


Bombino

Omar "Bombino" Moctar is an internationally acclaimed Tuareg guitarist and singer- songwriter from Agadez, Niger.


Bombino


Performing with Bombino were bassist Djakrave Dia, drummer Corey Wilhelm, and guitarist Illias Mohamed Alhassen.


Omar "Bombino" Moctar 

Illias Mohamed Alhassen

Djakrave Dia


AWOLNATION

While ACL Fest always has a great line-up of new bands for the crowd to discover, they also have some fan favorites like alternative rock band AWOLNATION. They've sold over 5,000,000 copies of their first hit, "Sail."  AWOLNATION released a new EP, "Run," in September 2016.


Aaron Bruno 

AWOLNATION was founded by vocalist Aaron Bruno and also includes guitarist Zach Irons, drummer Isaac Carpenter, and keyboardist Kenny Carkeet. Joining them on tour were bassist Marc Walloch, and guitarist Christopher Thorn.


AWOLNATION 


Gina Chavez

Gina Chavez is an award-winning bilingual Latin-folksinger, songwriter based right here in Austin. She is an eight-time Austin Music award winner and was named 2015 Austin Musician of the Year.


Gina Chavez

Gina Chavez

Gina Chavez



The Struts

The Struts are an English rock band. The members include lead vocalist Luke Spiller, guitarist Addo Slack, bassist Jed Elliot, and drummer Gethin Davies.

The Struts

Luke Spiller

Jed Elliot

Addo Slack



Corinne Bailey Rae

Back for a second weekend was Grammy Award-winning British singer, songwriter, and guitarist Corinne Bailey Rae.

Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae


Band of Horses

Another fan favorite of the weekend was Band of Horses. The American rock band has released 5 studio albums including 2010's Grammy-nominated "Infinite Arms." Their most recent released "Why Are You Ok" was released in June 2016.


Ben Bridwell

Ben Bridwell and Tyler Ramsey

Band Of Horses includes lead Ben Bridwell, drummer Creighton Barrett, keyboardist Ryan Monroe, guitarist Tyler Ramsey, and bassist Bill Reynolds.


Band Of Horses appeared on the Miller Lite Stage


Major Lazer

Headlining the evening on the Honda Stage was the electronic music band Major Lazer.  Major Lazer is made up of EDM Record Producer/DJ Diplo, Music Producer/DJ Jillionaire, and Record Producer/DJ/Rapper Walshy Fire.

Walshy Fire and Diplo

Major Lazer

Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire

Major Lazer

Major Lazer



Saturday, October 8


Excited fans hurry to see their favorite bands


Miller Lite Game Night


It was a beautiful day for a music festival in Austin as the gates opened for day 2 of the second weekend of ACL Fest. Our first stop on this day was at the always family friendly Austin Kiddie Limits Stage. 



Austin Kiddie Limits




Austin Kiddie Limits


Nakia and the Barton Hills Elementary Choir

Saturday's first stop was for a special performance by an Austin favorite, blues and soul singer-songwriter, actor, Nakia. While coming into national prominence during season 1 of NBC's hit singing competition The Voice, Nakia has been entertaining Austin audiences since his arrival in 2002.


Nakia


Nakia appeared with the acclaimed Barton Hills Elementary Choir. Barton Hills Elementary is nestled in the hills of the Barton Hills neighborhood adjacent to Zilker Park. The elementary school choir, made up of 3rd through 6th grade students, has appeared at the ACL Fest since 2009.  The choir is lead by the school's music teacher Gavin Tabone. Joining Nakia and the students on stage were local musicians Jake Perlman on drums, Jason Brint on bass, and Don Cento on guitar. Gavin Tabone joined on piano in addition to directing the choir.

Nakia and the Barton Hills Elementary Choir

Nakia and the Barton Hills Elementary Choir


888

888 is an Alternative/Electro band made up of formers members of the hybrid metal core group Drop Dead, Gorgeous.


888


The members include frontman Danny Stillman, keyboardist Aaron Rothe, and drummer Danny Coper.  The group released their debut EP, The Decades, in 2016.


Aaron Rothe,

Danny Stillman



Tennyson

Tennyson is a Canadian Electronic Music duo made up of brother and sister combo Luke Tennyson Pretty and Tessa Rain Pretty.  They perform an original electronic/jazz show.

Luke Tennyson Pretty

Tennyson

Tessa Rain Pretty


Saint Motel

Saint Motel is an Indie Pop band.  Their most recent EP, My Type, was released earlier in 2016.

Saint Motel

The band consists of lead vocalist A/J Jackson, lead guitarist Aaron Sharp, bassist Dak Lerdamornpong, and drummer Greg Erwin.


A/J Jackson


Aaron Sharp


Greg Erwin


A/J Jackson


Fans watch Saint Motel


Margaret Glaspy

Singer, songwriter Margaret Glaspy's music has a rock edge which highlights her electric guitar skills. She recently released her debut album, Emotions and Math.


Margaret Glaspy

Margaret Glaspy


Margaret Glaspy entertains crowds at the BMI Stage


Andra Day

Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter Andra Day conjures up images of Billie Holiday with her rockabilly-inspired looks and retro pop, soul sound.

Andra Day 

Andra Day 

Andra Day 


LL Cool J

Grammy Award-winning Rapper, Hip Hop artist and actor James Todd Smith, aka LL Cool J, is one of the forefathers of pop rap. His unique moniker comes from the saying "Ladies Love Cool James."


LL Cool J

LL Cool J


LL Cool J began rapping at age 9 and released his first official single, I Need A Beat, in 1984. Since then, he has released 13 studio albums and 2 greatest hits compilations.


LL Cool J

LL Cool J

LL Cool J


Khruangbin

Khruangbin is a Texas trio with a bass heavy psychedelic sound inspired by Tarantino soundtracks and surf-rock. The band is made up of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald "DJ" Johnson on drums.

Khruangbin 

Mark Speer

Laura Lee


Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals

Anderson .Paak is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, and drummer. His latest album, Malibu, was released in January 2016.

Anderson .Paak 


Anderson .Paak 

Anderson .Paak 



Sunday, October 9


Festival goers take a break from the crowds

There is never a shortage of interesting people to watch in Austin and ACL Fest is no exception. 


"You can't miss me. I'm the one carrying around Shamu."


In addition to the wonderful array of refreshments available to concert-goers, vendors also had artwork, ACL Fest posters, hats, and other items to remind attendees of their trip to Austin.


One of the vendors selling artwork

Hats were available to protect of festival goers from the warm Texas sun

ACL Festival Posters


Wild Belle

Wild Belle is a brother and sister act made up of Natalie and Elliot Bergman.  Their sound is a combo of psychedelic funk, jazz, and rock. Their latest album, Dreamland, was released earlier this year.


Wild Belle

Elliot Bergman

Natalie Bergman


Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot is an American Indie Rock band consisting of vocalist Wes Miles, bassist Mathieu Santos, guitarist Milo Bonacci, violinist Rebecca Zeller, and drummer Kenny Bernard.


Ra Ra Riot 



Avery*Sunshine

Avery Sunshine is a world renowned singer/composer whose signature sound is a blend of Soul, Gospel, Jazz, and R&B.


Avery*Sunshine

Avery*Sunshine

Avery*Sunshine



Gallant

Christopher Gallant, known simply as Gallant, is a singer, songwriter from Maryland. He released his debut album, Ology, in April 2016.


Gallant

Gallant

Gallant



Marlon Williams

New Zealand's Marlon Williams was back with his Alternative Country sound for week two of ACL Fest.


Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams



Margo Price

Hailed as "Country's Next Star," Margo Price and her band were back for weekend two. The Americana Music Award-winner released her debut album, Midwest Farmer's Daughter, in March 2016.
Margo Price

Margo Price

The members of Margo's band include Jeremy Ivey on bass and harmonica, Jamie Davis on lead guitar, Luke Schneider on pedal steel and dobro, Dillon Napier on drums, and Micah Hulscher on keyboard.


Margo Price

Margo Price

Margo Price



Break Science

Break Science is a duo from New York whose sound is a blend of NY Hip Hop and Electronic Music made up of Adam Deitch on drums and Borahm Lee on keys.


Borahm Lee and Adam Deitch 

Borahm Lee 


Nathaniel Ratecliff and The Night Sweats

Known for his folk-based writing, Nathaniel Rateliff formed this soulful R&B combo in 2013.
Nathaniel Rateliff is the lead vocalist and guitarist. The Night Sweats include bassist Joseph Pope III, drummer Patrick Meese, guitarist Luke Mossman, keyboardist Mark Shusterman, trumpeter Wesley Watkins, and saxophonist Andy Wild.

Nathaniel Rateliff 

Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff 

Nathaniel Rateliff 


Oh Wonder

Oh Wonder is a london-based Alternative Pop duo made up of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West.


Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West

Josephine Vander Gucht 

 Anthony West

Oh Wonder



Willie Nelson

What can be said about the incomparable Mr Willie Nelson that hasn't already been said? He's a legend. He is a musician, singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist. Although he is probably known by most for his part in the Outlaw Country sound, Willie has written and performed music from many different musical genres including pop, jazz, blues, and soul.


Matthew McConnaughey introduces Willie Nelson

Crowds flock to the Samsung Stage to hear Willie Nelson perform


Willie has been awarded almost every music award in the country music world as well as many in other genres. In addition to the incredible array of awards including Grammy Award,s, CMA's, ACM's, AMA's, Americana Music Awards, and BMI Awards, Nelson is a Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee, a Kennedy Center Honors Award winner, was the first recipient of the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, and was awarded the 2015 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.


Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson


His album discography includes 86 studio albums, 10 live albums, 37 compilations, 2 soundtracks, and 27 collaborations; Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin - released in February of 2016 and For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price - released in September 2016 are his latest contributions to the world.


Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson



Young The Giant

Young The Giant is a Rock Band from Irvine, California. They have released 3 studio albums including the latest, Home of the Strange, in August 2016.


Young The Giant


The band members include lead vocalist Sameer Gadhia, guitarist Jacob Tilley, guitarist Eric Cannata, bassist Payam Doostzodeh, and drummer Francois Comtois.


Sameer Gadhia

Jacob Tilley


Payam Doostzodeh

Sameer Gadhia


Mumford and Sons

Closing out the festival was the highly anticipated performance by the Grammy Award-winning Alternative Rock band from London, England, Mumford and Sons. After three very successful albums, Mumford released their EP, Johannesburg, in June 2016.


Mumford and Sons


Mumford and Sons consists of lead vocalist Marcus Mumford, keyboardist Ben Lovett, guitarist/banjo player Winston Marshall, and bassist Ted Dwane. Joining them on tour is drummer Chris Maas, fiddle player Tom Hobden, trumpeter Nick Etwell, and trombonist Dave Williamson.


Marcus Mumford

Ben Lovett

Winston Marshall

Ted Dwane


And with that performance, another successful year of the Austin City Limits Music Festival came to an end. Once again attendees were treated to tons of awesome music provided by both veteran acts and newcomers.


The Samsung Stage with the Austin skyline in the background

If you're interested in attending next year's fest, the day's are set and some tickets have already gone up for sale. Check out the ACL Fest site for all of the information.

https://www.aclfestival.com/