Keeping Rock Alive in the South: Shaky Knees 2018
Well it is that time of the year when festival season starts to kick in to high gear while many lineups are announced across the festival landscape. And one of my personal favorite music festivals, Shaky Knees Music Festival, came out with one of the best lineups yet for the 2018 festival season. Don’t believe me? Then let’s talk some more about this beautifully curated music festival taking place during May 4-6, 2018 at Central Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Now keep in mind this year they moved back to Central Park which hosted Shaky Knees 2015. There are pros and cons to this move to be fair. Major pro is that you are not smack dab in the middle of downtown Atlanta and there is more room for stages. One big con is some of the stages were in direct sunlight and it was a hot year in 2015. It was very hot and little to no shade at the time of the festival. Let’s hope that they get some better positioning for the stages to help ease direct sunlight bearing down on everyone. Either way, you will find me strolling Central Park during the first weekend in May for this incredible music festival.
Shaky Knees boasts a Big 3 featuring Jack White (He’s Baaaaack!), Queens of the Stone Age, & The National. I will let that sink in for a moment before telling you that David Byrne (Yes that guy who sang in Talking Heads!), Tenacious D, Fleet Foxes, The War on Drugs, Vance Joy, Cake, Courtney Barnett (Been wanting to see her again!), Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (One of my personal favorites!), Lord Huron, and Manchester Orchestra are also playing this year's Shaky Knees. Since this undercard is staked full of some amazing artists/bands like Greta Van Fleet (Led Zeppelin much?!), The Voidz (Mr. Julian Casablancas himself), Parquet Courts, The Brian Jonestown Massacre (Yep they are still around), Broncho, Waxahatchee, Teenage Wrist, Stop Light Observations (Major Rager 2017 alums!), L.A. Witch, & The Mezingers we have to hand pick some of the most notable names in the lower lines. And I’ll be honest, there are another 6 artists/bands that I could mention as worthy of digging into their discography. But let’s be real, you are already getting really excited about this lineup and doing some research on your own.
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Remember don’t think about it, just buy the damn ticket! As always, hope to see you at a show or festival soon!