Shaky Knees 2019

June 3rd, 2019

So a few weeks ago I went down to my old stomping grounds Atlanta, Ga. For the Shaky Knees Festival.  First of all…I lived in Midtown Atlanta for 15 years…around 15 years ago. I can’t believe what those people did to my town. OK…I guess all cities are that way and tend to change as years go on, but I was amazed at the differences from then to now. There is NO way I could possibly afford to move back into one of my old apartments, but I digress…this is about a music festival, not the gentrification of my old neighborhood. 

If you aren’t familiar with Shaky Knees, it’s a 3 day festival held in downtown Atlanta that’s been going on since 2013. Every year it seems to land one of the best festival lineups. That says a lot considering how many there are now. This year was no exception. The headliners were Beck, Cage The Elephant and Tame Impala. The support bands weren’t too shabby either. It had Interpol, The Struts, The Dandy Warhols, Bad Books, I Don’t Know How, But They Found Me, The Blue Stones and dozens more.

After getting in on Thursday night and having some oysters with friends it was time for some Rock & Roll. I got there bright and early on Friday to see I Don’t Know How, But They Found Me. Their single “Choke” is one of my favorite songs that we are playing right now and they did not disappoint live. Since we’ve been playing them, I’ve always said they remind me of Jellyfish. After seeing them, they are more like Jellyfish meets Death From Above. WAY heavier live than I thought they would be. Other bands I saw that day included The Joy Formidable, Sharon Van Etten, Liz Phair (acoustic set backstage), Tears for Fears and Beck.

I didn’t get there as early on Saturday, but still early for me. Ruen Brothers went on at 1:30. I saw them when they played The Big Room and they were as good at SK as they were then. So I guess it was worth getting up and out that morning. Another great one was Mark Lanegan Band. Not the most exciting show you will ever see, but he sounded amazing. I also got to see The Struts, Fidlar and Interpol. Unfortunately it rained right before Cage The Elephant went on, so I went back to the room. Sure they played…but I’m a grown ass man…I’m not standing in the rain for anyone.

Even though I was dragging, I managed to be back at the park on Sunday by 12:30 to see The Blue Stones. I hope you got to see them at the CD1025 Holiday Show…because they KILLED IT!!! Actually them and I Don’t Know How, But They Found Me turned out to be the 2 best bands of the weekend…and both duos. I also got to see Welshly Arms, Slothrust, Electric Guests (they had t-shirt guns), Foals and finally hit the wall a few songs into Tame Impala’s set.

It was a long exhausting weekend…but well worth it. With Coachella and Lollapalooza beginning to lean way more pop, Shaky Knees, Roitfest and ACL somehow have managed to keep their line-up very Alternative.

Beck Drew A Bit Of A Crowd

The Blue Stones Killing It!!

It's Those Guys In The Blue Stones

Those Fellows In Bad Books Are Nice Guys

Liz Phair Acoustic Set Backstage

The Best Bar In Atlanta!!!

The Highlander Representing CD1025