Tenacious D, David Byrne and Repeat Repeat: Our Top 8 Moments of Shaky Knees

It’s been 6 years since the take off of Atlanta’s most up and coming music festival: Shaky Knees. Thousands of music fans across the country gathered this weekend and sprawled out between four stages to see some of the most popular acts in today’s Rock scene.

The festival held over fifty performances, ranging from Folk to Hard rock. We’ve jumped around day to day to try and catch as many acts as our time allowed. Here is highlight of our favorite top eight.

8. Repeat Repeat

Kicking off the beginning of the festival, was this Nashville based beach pop band. For four years, these rockers have been intertwining their California roots into their passion of edgy punk. From start to finish, they exhilarate a continuous energy as they dart back and forth across the stage.

Repeat Repeat

7. Greta Van Fleet

If every member of Led Zeppelin had a kid, and they formed a new band, you have Greta Van Fleet. This band of brothers (plus drummer) has amazed many with their old school, rock and roll attitude. They formed in 2012, when the group were only early teens. After their sign to Lava Records in 2017, the band has since been hailed as Rock legends. Lead vocalist, John Kiszka, has been quote to have the same “husky howl” as Led Zeppelins Robert Plant.

6. Jimmy Eat World

Anyone who grew up in the early 2000’s was sure not to miss this set. With their comeback, 10 year anniversary tour of Futures in 2014, the band has consistently been appearing at venues across the U.S. As always, Jim Adkins, heartfelt lyrics, and the bands mesmerizing melodies had kept the crowd invested from beginning to end.

Jimmy Eat World

5. The National

This emotional, heart filled set had made me want to jump right onto the stage and give Matt Berninger the world’s biggest hug. As always, this set was jam packed with every human emotion our bodies hold. The band would transition from heavy, rocking tunes, to softly ending the night with a unison chant. Everyone flooded the exits on Sunday night with a peaceful set of mind.

4. The War On Drugs

What made this set most memorable was the setting. Right as the roadies set the stage, a downpour hailed over the Peach Stage. As I stood, waiting in the pit, the rain began to soften up and a burst of sunlight illuminated the entire stage. I then turned my head in the opposite direction to a rainbow forming over the festival grounds. Within the next few minutes, while everyone was dawned and memorized by nature’s art, the band began to rock out. As a War on Drugs fan, this is exact scenery I’d imagine to compliment there new wave, blissful tunes.

3. Cake

Everyone loves Cake and if you hadn’t before the set, you now are a fan. Since 1994, the band has been showcasing their 90’s talk rock anthems. Going through constant member changes, the band hadn’t constantly been releasing new music. Their last album, which was released in 2011, kept the same bite as the rest of their discography. On Saturday night, the band proved they still got as fans jam packed around the Piedmont stage.

2. David Byrne

At the age of 65, David Byne is and will always be, one hell of a performer. His set started softly, as he sat alone in a folding chair placed in front of a square collapsable table. He focused on a brain statue and lifted his head once in awhile to acknowledge the crowd. Just as the first song ends, he started the party and the rest of the band/dance flooded onto the stage. His performance was a blissful mix of new tunes and old Talking Heads hits that the crowd had been anticipating to see.

David Byrne

1. Tenacious D

THE D is BACK. Everyone and their mother’s hopes and dreams were answered this weekend as Jack Black had announced a Pick of Destiny Sequel mid-set. The cult-like followers of the band have eagerly been awaiting something new from them since their last album release in 2006. During this set, just as you would imagine from two comedians who play music, they cracked a ton of dad humored jokes. Despite their older appearance as well, the band never shy’s away from a huge energy filled performance. All hail the D.

Tenacious D

Tenacious D

Greta Van Fleet

Crowd

The War On Drugs

The War on Drugs

Greta Van Fleet

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Tenacious D, David Byrne and Repeat Repeat: Our Top 8 Moments of Shaky Knees

It’s been 6 years since the take off of Atlanta’s most up and coming music festival: Shaky Knees. Thousands of music fans across the country gathered this weekend and sprawled out between four stages to see some of the most popular acts in today’s Rock scene.

The festival held over fifty performances, ranging from Folk to Hard rock. We’ve jumped around day to day to try and catch as many acts as our time allowed. Here is highlight of our favorite top eight.

8. Repeat Repeat

Kicking off the beginning of the festival, was this Nashville based beach pop band. For four years, these rockers have been intertwining their California roots into their passion of edgy punk. From start to finish, they exhilarate a continuous energy as they dart back and forth across the stage.

Repeat Repeat

7. Greta Van Fleet

If every member of Led Zeppelin had a kid, and they formed a new band, you have Greta Van Fleet. This band of brothers (plus drummer) has amazed many with their old school, rock and roll attitude. They formed in 2012, when the group were only early teens. After their sign to Lava Records in 2017, the band has since been hailed as Rock legends. Lead vocalist, John Kiszka, has been quote to have the same “husky howl” as Led Zeppelins Robert Plant.

6. Jimmy Eat World

Anyone who grew up in the early 2000’s was sure not to miss this set. With their comeback, 10 year anniversary tour of Futures in 2014, the band has consistently been appearing at venues across the U.S. As always, Jim Adkins, heartfelt lyrics, and the bands mesmerizing melodies had kept the crowd invested from beginning to end.

Jimmy Eat World

5. The National

This emotional, heart filled set had made me want to jump right onto the stage and give Matt Berninger the world’s biggest hug. As always, this set was jam packed with every human emotion our bodies hold. The band would transition from heavy, rocking tunes, to softly ending the night with a unison chant. Everyone flooded the exits on Sunday night with a peaceful set of mind.

4. The War On Drugs

What made this set most memorable was the setting. Right as the roadies set the stage, a downpour hailed over the Peach Stage. As I stood, waiting in the pit, the rain began to soften up and a burst of sunlight illuminated the entire stage. I then turned my head in the opposite direction to a rainbow forming over the festival grounds. Within the next few minutes, while everyone was dawned and memorized by nature’s art, the band began to rock out. As a War on Drugs fan, this is exact scenery I’d imagine to compliment there new wave, blissful tunes.

3. Cake

Everyone loves Cake and if you hadn’t before the set, you now are a fan. Since 1994, the band has been showcasing their 90’s talk rock anthems. Going through constant member changes, the band hadn’t constantly been releasing new music. Their last album, which was released in 2011, kept the same bite as the rest of their discography. On Saturday night, the band proved they still got as fans jam packed around the Piedmont stage.

2. David Byrne

At the age of 65, David Byne is and will always be, one hell of a performer. His set started softly, as he sat alone in a folding chair placed in front of a square collapsable table. He focused on a brain statue and lifted his head once in awhile to acknowledge the crowd. Just as the first song ends, he started the party and the rest of the band/dance flooded onto the stage. His performance was a blissful mix of new tunes and old Talking Heads hits that the crowd had been anticipating to see.

David Byrne

1. Tenacious D

THE D is BACK. Everyone and their mother’s hopes and dreams were answered this weekend as Jack Black had announced a Pick of Destiny Sequel mid-set. The cult-like followers of the band have eagerly been awaiting something new from them since their last album release in 2006. During this set, just as you would imagine from two comedians who play music, they cracked a ton of dad humored jokes. Despite their older appearance as well, the band never shy’s away from a huge energy filled performance. All hail the D.

Tenacious D

Tenacious D

Greta Van Fleet

Crowd

The War On Drugs

The War on Drugs

Greta Van Fleet

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