Standouts At Shaky Knees On Saturday

Sunday, May 14, 2017 - by Carmen O'Hagan

The second day of Shaky Knees Music Festival, held at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park,featured the xx as Saturday night’s main headliner. A brief afternoon shower had most fans donning ponchos for a short time but left the weather pretty cool and enjoyable for the rest of the day.

There were a lot of standout performances spread throughout Saturday’s lineup. Bishop Briggs drew a very large crowd for a 2:45 p.m. billing time on the Piedmont Stage. Her soulful voice and pop-alt sound were a treat for the festival goers.

The Revivalists and Catfish and the Bottlemen both gave notable and energetic performances which drew major fanfare. Alt-band X Ambassadors also came out full throttle with their lead singer jumping, running, and switching between the bass guitar and an impressive saxophone solo, all within the first song.

One surprise of the festival seemed to be an artist named Nick Murphy, scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. set on the Peachtree Stage.  A lot of chatter seemed to imply no one recognized the name. However, it turns out Nick Murphy is actually the acclaimed producer/performer formerly known as Chet Faker.

English duo The xx capped off the night with an hour and a half set, opening with their song “Say Something Loving.”

Sunday marks the final day of Shaky Knees Festival. Third Eye Blind, Bleachers, The Shins, Ryan Adams, and Pheonix all perform to provide a strong finish for the festival. 

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