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If you felt the Earth tilt on its axis last Sunday around 4:30pm it may be because the largest daytime crowd ever assembled (short of Trump’s Photoshopped Inauguration crowd) was standing in one spot waiting for Grouplove to take the stage. I didn’t even know this band existed any longer, but I seemed to be in the minority on that count. This is normally the time of day people are waiting in line for a jalapeño corndog in order to power through to the headliners.
After a couple of grueling days that were respectively hot and rainy, we got our latest start on a much cooler and sunnier day. Our theme somehow turned out to be to start
At the risk of destroying whatever shred of credibility I might still have, I had to check out Grouplove’s set along with the masses. I’d seen them on a small indoor side stage
Even though Deerhunter was on my must-see list and one of the few acts I was on the rail for, I was not expecting the
Likely the most off-topic performer since companion country festival Shaky Boots folded, Kentucky’s Tyler Childers brought his brand of
My thoughts on Tame Impala’s festival-closing set I’m sure are things that have all been said before. Kevin Parker and whoever he might have had on hand pretty well mimic his recorded work in a live setting. There’s not a whole lot of difference compared to listening in your living room except for the fact that you are listening over a
My second year to attend, some things about Shaky Knees stand out. It’s still early enough in the year not to be brutally hot, but of course, that can vary day to day. There is a vendor offering $75 intravenous fluids if you really push yourself (they are free in the medical tent if you actually pass out first). Every set we saw started on time and you can easily get from one stage to another across the park in five minutes or less. It’s also been kind of cool that the last two years have coincided with the Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo, and even Star Wars day - which all make for some creative fan costumes. Lots of great vendors too with not so crazy lines. The park is less than a mile from downtown Atlanta, where there are plenty of moderately priced hotels. You could even walk it if you weren’t dead tired at the end of the day. Even the Uber pickup worked smoother than the prior year, though we should have known that a 4.6 rated driver that went by the handle Peachfuschish (aka Courtney) was going to drop our ride. And boo hiss to the dude on his adjacent apartment balcony that played his electric guitar and disco light on the way out every night. He looked a bit like Lindsey Buckingham to me.
All photos: Christa Joyner Moody