BY JOHN BOYDSTON
Above: Courtney Barnett kicks out the jams. All photos copyright 2018 by John Boydston; many more photos of each band up on his website. https://www.facebook.com/Johnboydstonphotos/ / https://jobo.smugmug.com/
Day 1 – Friday May 4th, 2018
This year’s Shaky Knees Fest was located on 4 stages in Atlanta’s Central Park area – with an amazing array of musical performers from the two large Stages (Peachtree and Piedmont) and 3 days of generally more indie-rockers on two smaller stages (Ponce de Leon, and Criminal Records, both of which provided for shade, the former with a tent and the latter with trees, so these were a ‘cool’ place to be always.) Photos in no particular order except by performer, and no day is an all-inclusive photo collection – couldn’t get to all stages. People were forced to make tough choices, which is probably a good problem to have at a festival, but you could generally see some of anyone you wanted if you were up for the walk.
David Byrne – Peachtree Stage
Courtney Barnett – Peachtree Stage
Brian Jonestown Massacre – Criminal Records Stage
Japandroids – Ponce de Leon Stage
Waxahatchee – Ponce De Leon Stage
Ghost of Paul Revere – Criminal Records Stage
LA Witch – Criminal Records Stage
The Frights – Ponce de Leon Stage
Day 2 -Saturday May 5th, 2018
Greta Van Fleet – Peachtree Stage
Prediction – Jimmy Page sues this band to prove paternity, panicked GVF attorney settles out of court, band agrees to tour with Page as often as he wants as part of the settlement. Page could do a lot worse. All Zep issues aside, this band rocks and it was fun to hear such a young group cranking out such a big-sounding and joyous thunder. Huge mid-day main stage crowd. Heard several people say this band made their weekend.
Broncho – Piedmont Stage.
A newish indie-rock band many people were excited about and Broncho did not disappoint after getting a late main stage upgrade. They are original and quirky enough to be be huge.
Bully – Peachtree Stage
Nashville melodic pop-rockers carried the big stage like they were born to be there.
Andrew W.K Ponce de Leon Stage
Circa Survive – Ponce de Leon Stage.
The fans were ready.
The Distillers – Peachtree Stage.
Crowd digging ‘em before the band started.
We’ve got another jumper.