A musical line-up that boasted The National, Dropkick Murphys, The Airborne Toxic Event, Band of Skulls, and The Gaslight Anthem among the twenty playing on the first day of the Shaky Knees Music Fest refused to be upstaged on Friday night. The dramatic backdrop of downtown Atlanta couldn’t do it and, despite its best efforts in the early evening, a torrential rainstorm couldn’t do it either.
The second edition of the Shaky Knees festival suffered from some of the same weather that impacted the first but with a new location at Atlantic Station, in the parking lot and on top of the championship tennis courts, the rain just made everything wet as opposed to last year when the site quickly became a quagmire. The move to Atlantic Station’s concrete jungle may have altered the atmosphere of Shaky Knees but it sure made it a lot cleaner.
A large, albeit damp, crowd enjoyed the music from any one of the four stages. The main stages, Peachtree and Piedmont were adjacent to one another in the large paved area across 20th Street from the main Atlantic Station shopping area while Boulevard and Ponce de Leon were at opposite ends of the lot that, later this year, will be home to two of the tennis courts used for the BB&T Atlanta Open tennis tournament.
Only two acts performed at any one time, at opposite ends of the festival so listening to one didn't mean you had to listen to the other at the same time.
The Shaky Knees festival continues today and Sunday. Tonight’s headline act is Modest Mouse while Sunday Alabama Shakes and the Violent Femmes are two of the headliners.