Shaky Knees Music Festival – Atlanta, GA – May 13-15
Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Music Festival has grown rapidly each year since it debuted in 2013 and because of this, the festival has held a different home each year. While it probably irritates the a few people, the decision has been the product of festival producers continually working to improve the experience for all those involved — from the neighboring homes around the various parks to the audience members to the people that have to clean up after all the fun is over. We feel pretty good about their new, and hopefully long-term, home at Centennial Park.
Scheduled for May 13-15, the guitar-centric fest will be headlined by Florence & the Machine, My Morning Jacket, and Jane’s Addiction (performing Ritual De Lo Habitual). Festival tickets start at $215 but will soon be increasing so get on it!
We’ll be onsite again this year and so we’ve highlighted a few acts we’re looking forward to seeing. Make sure to check the festival website for information on their amazing selection of late-night shows around Atlanta that weekend. Let’s get shaky!
I love the metal bands that Shaky Knees brings on each year. Last year, they brought Atlanta native Mastodon, and it was probably one of the best shows of the year. And with Ghost, it’s not just a metal band, but a metal experience. If the makeup and garb doesn’t get you excited, listen to Mellora, their newest album. “Spirit,” is my favorite. – Katie Flint
The Decemberists, to me, is the best “summer in the mountains” music. They also have stayed true to their sound and haven’t let outside influences impact their musical journey. I’ve loved everything they have ever put out, and the only thing left I have to do is see them live. They may not have the mason jars similar to Old Crow Medicine Show last year, but they will have that folk sound, and a strong passion similar to Neutral Milk Hotel. Their newest album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, has made a huge impact in 2015, and brings up debate as to whether or not the band will have even more new material for 2016. – Katie Flint
A band looking like the love child of The Ramones and Queen, The Struts is a band to look out for at Shaky Knees, in fact for this entire year. Their track, “Could Have Been Me,” has been taking over the airwaves, and has everyone stomping and dancing. Their compilation, Have You Heard, is merely a taste of what The Struts have to offer, and I bet we’re going to hear a lot of new material when they play in Atlanta. – Katie Flint
MY MORNING JACKET
New listeners to My Morning Jacket will enjoy the catchy hooks and explosive alt-rock mega concert appeal. Die-hard enthusiasts will welcome back the unpredictable psychedelic eruptions accompanied by erratic Jim James howls. Or vice-versa. Most likely, if you’ve never heard of MMJ or you’ve seen them a hundred times, you’ll grasp both and enjoy the ride. That’s what makes MMJ so incredibly powerful in concert – An animated spectrum of styles and sounds that leave any and everyone captivated till the last note. – Hart Roberts
THE HEAD AND THE HEART
From busking to open mic nights to headlining sold-out shows coast-to-coast, it’s been an incredible ride for The Head and the Heart over the past five years. They’ll bring a refreshing concoction to Shaky Knees with cult-favorites from their self-titled debut album and the impressive follow up, Let’s Be Still. A splash of piano, violin and vocal harmonies – Impossible not to dance along to in the summertime heat, and quite possibly one of the best indie-folk outfits you’ll see. – Hart Roberts
ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES
Saint Paul Janeway and his sextet soul band of disciples, The Broken Bones, are sure be a ‘16 Shaky favorite. Their debut LP, Half The City, topped many a ‘Best of 2014’ lists, evoking the spirit of 50s soul and 60s Motown with their burly brass sounds, efficacious energy, and all-powerful take-you-to-church tunefulness. We’ll be front & center and you should be, too. – Hart Roberts