Well we have placed a second, successful year of the Shaky Beats Music Festival in the record books. Let me tell you that this was a great weekend full of fantastic artists and some superb vendors located throughout Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, Ga. This year boasted a big three of GRiZ (Friday), Kaskade (Saturday), and The Chainsmokers (Sunday) as the main headliners for this weekend. Some other great artists that stacked this incredible lineup included; Bonobo (Live), Mutemath (Live DJ set), The Knocks (DJ set), RL Grime, Zeds Dead, Gramatik, Girl Talk, and Galantis. And that was just the tip of the iceberg… there were a ton of artists that made some major impacts with their performances at this year’s Shaky Beats. And just like last year’s set up, there are three (3) stages to shaowcase these artists: the Peachtree Stage (main stage), Piedmont Stage (second tier stage), and the Ponce de Leon Stage (used mainly for lesser known acts due to its size capacity).
Friday started out a little rainy and then added in some chill for good measure. But even this kind of weather could not dampen the mood thanks to some amazing performances by Alison Wonderland, The Knocks (DJ set), RL Grime, GRiZ and my personal favorite… Bonobo (Live). Not to over-shadow any of the aforementioned artists but for me, it was the day for Bonobo to rule after his live performance on the Piedmont Stage. If you have not had a chance to see him perform with a band, then please do yourself some good and make this happen when he comes near your town. It was really nice having Bonobo’s set nestled firmly between RL Grime and GRiZ’s set… this I was not hating one bit. GRiZ ended the night on a bang giving everyone in the crowd exactly what they wanted. We had to stay far back because the area closer to the stage was jam packed full of people dancing the night away. Other sets worth mentioning from Day 1 of the Shaky Beats Music Festival that got the crowd dancing and very engaged: Boombox Cartel, Snails, Alison Wonderland, and Ganja White Night.
Saturday continued to stay a little cloudy but at least the weather was not as cold and chilly as it was the previous day. For this Concerthopper, Saturday’s lineup consisted of a lot of new discoveries like Kaiydo, Ephwurd, Joyryde, and Modern Measure mixed in with some familiar names such as; Illenium, Mija, Gramatik, Galantis, Flosstradamus, and Kaskade (who had the honor of closing out Saturday’s festivities). I was really impressed with Kaiydo and his ability to flow during his set. In a time when most hip hop is weighed heavily with Trap influences, Kaiydo proves that an MC can still gain popularity based on his skills as an MC and lyricist. I would have to say that between Mija and Kaskade, I am torn between whose set was my favorite for Saturday. Production wise, Kaskade stole the show with fireworks, steam cannons, and confetti being shot out during his set. But that cannot discredit the raw energy and emotion that permeated from Mija’s incredible, jam packed set at the Ponce de Leon Stage (which incidentally is the smaller stage of the three).
When Sunday arrived, it was just like any other Sunday during a busy, festival weekend… the saddest day since it is the last day of the festival. No one likes to see the last day come because then you wonder where did Friday and Saturday go? After checking out of my hotel, I decided to go downtown a few hours earlier than I planned and make it inside the park right around time to see the second artist, Echos, perform. Like the day before, there was a few new discoveries to take in during the day, such as: Echos, Little Dragon, Rezz, and Vanic. Mix in some artists that I was excited to check out (Girl Talk, Zeds Dead, and Mute Math) and you have a recipe for an amazing close out day to the 2nd Annual Shaky Beats Music Festival. Personally, there is a tie between two artists that blew me away during Sunday: Little Dragon and Mute Math (DJ set). Mute Math’s set was earlier in the day and created such a dance party over at the Piedmont Stage that it set the tone for the rest of the day for many festival goers.
Just like last year’s event, this year’s Shaky Beats was well organized from beginning to end with everyone in attendance smiling wide and laughing carefree every day. This is a testament of the hard work and dedication that the organizers of this festival (and the following week’s Shaky Knees Music Festival which is held in the same location) put in when they curate a festival. I cannot explain enough how good it feels to have so much confidence in the organizers of this festival! In the time when festivals pop up across the country at an alarming rate, some are not properly prepared or organized and this leads to some issues that can lead to a ‘bad taste in the mouth’ of many festival goers. There is one point that I do feel that needs to be made concerning the lineup for this year’s Shaky Beats Music Festival… we need more hip hop and a few more actual bands that can bring the dance/funk in next year’s lineup.
Unlike the 2016 lineup which featured Nas and A$AP Ferg, this year’s lineup did not bring a major hip hop star to the stage to perform. And also, last year Cherub, Chromeo, ! ! ! (Pronounced “chek chek chek”), STRFKR, and Yeasayer came to perform at Shaky Beats. What set these bands apart were their ability to make people dance and party with the availability of a band… not just DJ and a laptop. I feel very confident that next year’s lineup will be even bigger than the first two years of this festival. With that being said, is it too early to start debating who should be on next year’s Shaky Beats lineup? I mean who wouldn’t want maybe say Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Pretty Lights (Live), Cut Copy, STS9, Lotus, and/or The Floozies to make next year’s lineup? I know this concerthopper would love it! Who do you want to make the 3rd Annual Shaky Beats Music Festival in 2018? We would like to hear what you think!
You can view more pictures from this incredible weekend online over on our official Facebook page (Day 1, Day 2, & Day 3). We have a really, busy few months upcoming and we are very excited for what’s in store for our entire audience. ‘Like’ our page and stay up to date in 2017 on all music related events/festivals such as; A Perfect Circle, The Sword, Shaky Knees, Papa Joe’s BanjoBQue (featuring The Avett Brothers & Greensky Bluegrass), Umphrey’s McGee: Returns to Augusta, Bonnaroo, Electric Forest (First weekend), Sloss Music & Arts Festival, Sturgill Simpson: Live in Charlotte, and My Morning Jacket with Gary Clark, Jr: Live in Charlotte by following us on all social media formats: Concerthopper on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Also, you can follow my personal concert hopping (@xerxes_fotographia) on Facebook and Instagram. Remember don’t think about it, just buy the damn ticket! As always, hope to see you at a show or festival soon!