Shaky Knees Music Festival 2018 – Day 1

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David Byrne

With more than 60 bands each year, Shaky Knees Music Festival is a rock lover’s dream. Since its inception in 2013, Shaky Knees has featured a diverse lineup ranging from world-renowned acts to up-and-coming artists.  We started our day with thousands of people participating in a 2001 sing-a-long to the Jimmy Eat World hit album Bleed American.  Directly following was Courtney Barnett’s effortlessly cool set including “Avant Gardener”, “Depreston”, “Depreston” and her new single “Nameless, Faceless.”

As the blazing sun began to drain the crowd’s energy, Franz Ferdinand brought us back to life with some timeless rock and roll dance hits.  (It was either that or everyone’s anticipation of David Byrne’s performance on the Peachtree stage.)  David Byrne’s performance was a fantastic mix of new music and Talking Head favorites accompanied by an eclectic group of musicians, dancers, backup singers and performance artists. All musicians were completely mobile and were a part of the dance routines; to be in David Byrne’s band, you can’t have just one forte.

Following a relaxing set from Fleet Foxes, we ended the night with an electric performance from Jack White.  Mr. Thirdman himself did a mixture of his entire catalog including beefed-up, classic White Stripes favorites, “Steady, as She Goes” by Raconteurs and “I Cut Like A Buffalo” by The Dead Weathers.  Stay tuned for more coverage of Shaky Knees Music Fest!

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