Despite wet weather, the bands play on at NCAA music festival

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by LAUREN ZAKALIK

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WFAA

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 6 at 9:57 AM

DALLAS — The weather for Day Two of the March Madness Music Festival was far from perfect on Saturday; in fact, there were warning signs up on the big screens alerting attendees to severe weather in the area.

But the bands played on.

After some nail-biting Final Four basketball in Arlington, people in downtown Dallas were ready to let loose.

The festival at Reunion Park tipped off with LL Cool J, Tim McGraw and The Killers capped it all off Saturday night between games of the double-header.

"Saw them last summer at Verizon, and this is better," said Matt Williams of Bedford. "This is great! I love that it's outside... this is awesome!"

Rain fell on the venue earlier in the day and, the threat of it lingered as the night wore on. A weather warning was on display during the basketball game and The Killers' concert.

Some wondered if weather kept potential concert-goers away.

"People are scared about the rain, but if you're a music person, you're gonna come out no matter what," said Lauren Papke, who attended the event with boyfriend Matt Williams.

"If they do this every weekend, we'll be out here every weekend," he said. "This is such a good way to spend a Saturday night. This is perfect."

The weekend continues to impress Final Four fans from near and far. The NCAA said attendance figures for the music festival won't be available until Monday, but Saturday's event was nowhere near capacity.

That is very likely to change on Sunday, with The Wind and the Wave kicking things off at 2:15 p.m., followed by Pat Grreen at 3:30; fun. at 5:15; and the weekend's headliner, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band taking the stage at 7:15.

E-mail lzakalik@wfaa.com

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