On the basis of saving the best to last, I’m willing to suggest that the Shaky Knees Music Fest got it absolutely right on Sunday with the line-up that closed the three day music festival out at Atlantic Station in Atlanta. Sunday’s music was perfect for the final day of a festival that absolutely got everything right. Not only was the line-up the best of the three days but the weather finally cooperated as well.
The Sunday line-up was the highlight of the weekend; Twenty bands performed on the four stages in a festival that started at noon and went through 11pm. Acts like the Violent Femmes, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and finishing with Alabama Shakes struck just the right tone for a Sunday; a little more low key and melodic than some of the bands from earlier in the weekend.
State an opinion and people will disagree particularly about music and personal preference. One person who probably agrees with me about how stellar Sunday’s line-up was is Laura Kessler. Waiting most of the day in front of the Piedmont Stage in the heat that was Sunday, her day was made when Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros handed her his microphone and had her sing a verse and chorus of “I Don’t Want To Pray”. She nailed it too! Great stuff!
Over the three days the broad variety of music provided by 20 acts each day on four stages resulted in an incredible value. As big as the festival has become in only its’ second year, organizers might want to put up some video screens for next year if only to catch fans like Laura Kessler singing or to be able to see Brittany Howard’s facial expressions as she sang. People came in from all over the country for the festival
In only its second year there is no doubt that the Shaky Knees Music Fest has become a huge success both commercially and from an entertainment perspective. While it may have lost some of its’ charm by moving to a parking lot the end result was that there were great facilities and great entertainment for all festival participants, artists and audience alike.