Are you looking to escape the EDM takeover at festivals? Shaky Knees Music Fest might just be the place for you. Feeling a little “more shaky” on the second day of Shaky Knees Music Fest, we pressed on to catch some of our local friends including Sun Seekers, Bully, and Mikky Ekko. Greta Van Fleet attracted one of the largest day crowds that we had seen, with a set that transported us back in time to the height of rock and roll. It’s clear that the Kizka brothers spent many of their formative years studying and finding inspiration from the greats including the Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, RUSH, and AC/DC.
Following One Direction/young Led Zeppelin’s set, we were ready to “Party, Party, Party” with Andrew W.K. on the Pounce De Leon stage. With his lightning speed karate moves and sweaty, dirty, rock and roll–it’s safe to bet that Mr. W.K. draws inspiration from a different source than the previous act.
The festival was delayed for a bit due to rain, but then Following a cooling afternoon downpour, we were ready for a cynical confection–and Cake satisfied this craving. Illuminated by a giant disco ball and the fading sunset, Cake provided some words of wisdom to the younger members of the crowd and serenaded us with hits such as “Love You Madly”, “Never There”, and “Frank Sinatra.”
We ended an incredible day of rock and roll music under a pitch black night sky with an even darker set from Queens of the Stone Age. With a cigarette in one hand, rocks glass in the other, lead singer Josh Homme personified heavy, brooding rock and roll, performing a Villians dominated set, peppered with old favorites. With our third day of the festival rapidly approaching, here’s hoping our “Feet Don’t Fail (Us)” and transport us “The Way (They) Used to Do” to the final acts of the weekend. the line “Feet Don’t Fail Me” seems all the more real by Queens of the Stone Age.
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