Hosted in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the Fifth annual Shaky Knees festival featured more than a dozen food options, three stages of bands, and tens of thousands of music fans over three days.
Instead of reviewing everything in detail I’m going to give one line about each band I saw and every memorable experience I had.
- the Record Company: These guys were tearing it up early in the day.
- Mariachi El Bronx: The drummer is either a different guy than the last time I saw them or has been on a strict diet of cheeseburgers and milkshakes.
- Anderson East: Honestly don’t remember at all.
- Bishop Briggs: She acted like it was the largest crowd she had played in front of, the guitarist excited smile confirmed it.
- Shovels & Rope: Two-piece country/blues group that just wasn’t my thing.
- The Revivalists: They brought it back.
- Mondo Cozmo: Caught this up and coming alt-rock act while trying to find some shade.
- Catfish and the Bottlemen: Last time I saw them it felt like nobody knew them, but this time everyone was singing along to practically every song.
- Dr. Dog: Caught these guys for a hot second, like real hot. It felt like it was 100 degrees out.
- Fantastic Negrito: Back to the shade for another up and coming group with a lot of energy.
- Sylvan Esso: Honestly, groups like this (singer and a producer) are more fun on the record than at a festival, but they were good with a lot of energy.
- Moon Taxi: Not as exciting as I expected.
- Lewis Del Mar: Brought out special guest Anna Wise, so he won my heart.
- the Loaded Burger Food Truck: So. Much. Cheese. This thing was delicious.
- Nick Murphy: This guy used to go by Chet Faker and I’d be faking if I said anything about his performance cause I don’t remember.
- X Ambassadors: They are the quintessential alternative band, always bordering on being straight pop, but with some quirk.
- The XX: One more X and this could have gotten way more interesting, but they did rock out a lot more than I expected.
Did you attend on Saturday of Shaky Knees this year? What was your experience like?