The final day at Austin City Limits Music Festival was hot, but only because Tanner Elle Schneider brought the heat. The multi-genre artist played a killer hour-long set at the stomping groundings of the festival Sunday afternoon.
Story by Hayli Rudolph
Photos by Maya Coplin
From singing about mean girls to talking sex to gossiping over heartbreaks, the artist had the crowd wildly entertained from the moment she took the stage with her band. Schneider wore a black ensemble topped with a cowboy head paired with vibrant red boots. The band dressed in all white as they hit the ground running.
In the middle of her set, the pig-tailed singer introduced her new track “It Girl” off her latest album Shake the Spirit by simply saying, “this song’s important.”
King’s lyrics then progress to tell the audience how to be the popular girl. Through the journey of the song, fans learn that the best way to obtain this “it girl” status through her experience is to, for lack of a better phrase, give it up. The crowd cheered and laughed at the comical colorful song. Teen girls looked at their friends blushing while adults gave a comprehensive nod to the notions of the tune.
The California singer is known for her unapologetic spirit and encouraging others to practice self-love. She ended the set with kind words and well wishes as she played her final song, “Little Bit of Lovin.’” “We’ve got to be nicer to each other,” King said. “We’ve got to be nicer to ourselves. You can’t be loved until you see love. And you can’t see love until you know love. And you can’t know love until you love yourself. But I know you’ve got that shit down. Let’s celebrate it.”