Despite some late night rain, day two of Shaky Knees proved even better than day one. No amount of precipitation could dampen this rock-and-roll party.
With so many amazing artists on the Saturday lineup, I wasn’t quite sure where to start. I had heard good things about Natalie Prass, so I decided to check her out. Boy, am I glad I did. She and her band—all wearing the same shade of ultramarine blue—played a spectacular set. Watching them, it was obvious how much fun they were having onstage. Their playful, infectious energy spread to the audience and continued all the way to the final drum hit.
Next came Wallows. I can give you a list of 13 reasons why the LA rock trio killed it. Here goes:
- Dylan Minnette’s overalls
- They played a lively little banger called “Scrawny (Motherfucker)”
- When one of their keyboards broke, they asked the audience to sing the keyboard intro to “Sidelines.” Nobody missed a note.
Okay, so I only named three reasons, but hopefully you get my point.
Jim James took the stage toward the hottest part of the day. As the sun beat down, he strummed out down-tempo rock tunes while the audience piled on heaps of sunscreen. Meanwhile, a pretty sizable crowd gathered at the medium-sized Ponce De Leon stage to see Japanese Breakfast. Toward the end of their set, they played a cover of “Lovefool,” by The Cardigans. As she sang “love me, love me,” Michelle Zauner’s voice shimmered and sparkled like dew drops in sunlight.
And then came the rain. It started off as a sprinkle but soon ratcheted up to a steady downpour. The rain, however, didn’t stop the Shaky Knees crowd from rocking out to Cage the Elephant. (I rocked out from the safety of the trees.) Lead singer Matt Schultz took full advantage of the air of drama the rain had created. During “Trouble,” he fell to his knees, threw back his head (mouth open) and let the rain cover him. Oh yeah, he went full “God is in the rain” on us. It was beautiful.