Shaky Knees Festival – May 9th-11th
A recent dose of spring weather has crowded Atlanta’s outdoors with sun worshipers and flowering dogwoods, only intensifying the need to shake it loose out in a field somewhere. For music lovers, this means one thing: festival season is drawing nigh. In its second year, Shaky Knees is blossoming into one of the Southeast’s more eclectic get-togethers, and this year’s additions only solidify its buzz-worthiness: a new location, an extra day, and an even healthier lineup. ATL happily welcomes back the second annual Shaky Knees Festival for a three-day bash over May 9-11 featuring The National, Modest Mouse, Alabama Shakes, The Replacements, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Spoon, and oh so much more to explore.
This year’s Shaky shindig takes place at the self-contained Midtown community, Atlantic Station. A city within a city atmosphere both in form and function – spacious, easily walkable, centrally located, and boasting nice skyline views – Atlantic Station is a pleasurable place to live/work/play, full-time or just for 72 hours. But Shaky’s main allure will be the expansive and diverse lineup that would make any festivarian happily wet wade through shin-deep mud all over again (*Flashback*). It’s one of those rare lineups you could confidently catalog every performance as a must-see, with a handful you have absolutely no reason to not be front-and-center for:
The National, Modest Mouse, and Alabama Shakes are top tier for good reason – indie and rock n’ roll at its finest; Tacos and music, that’s what Austin, TX does – don’t miss the thrilling, high-energy of White Denim and The Bright Light Social Hour; Spoon, in concert!? Been waiting on this one for a while, don’t miss it; Charles Bradley is the Soul of America; Portugal. The Man and Jason Isbell both dropped remarkable “Top Albums of 2013”; Lord Huron, Local Natives, and Houndmouth are hot right now for a reason; Hayes Carll is a wildly gifted poet and singer-songwriter; Fly Golden Eagle’s psych-rock will melt your face; Southern rockers The Weeks and The Whigs are highly danceable; Edward Sharpe’s theatrics are worthy of a ticket alone (and a Golden Globe); Trampled By Turtles define the supercharged pickin’ slamgrass; and last but not least, you never know what you’re going to get with Deer Tick, they’re always down to party.
We’re looking forward to finally shaking off the long cold winter, and ringing in the festival season in style at the 2014 Shaky Knees Music Festival. Buy a 3-day pass as fast as you can, we’re in for one hellova weekend. For more info, tickets, FAQs and more, visit: ShakyKneesFestival.com.