On a last minute whim, I went to Atlanta to see an indie festival. Dreams do come true! I was waiting for this moment forever. Everyone and their mothers love to go to EDM shows but I’m all about indie and hiphop. At about 7:00am, we made our way down, arriving at a reasonable 11:00am end time. Our friend’s roommate graciously offered adult beverages in the form of Grey Goose vodka and suddently, we became rarin’ to go! Uber has also become a great friend (after using it in DC and in Charlotte weeks before) and so, we headed our way to Atlantic Station to enjoy the festival!!!!! It was a little dead at first but it started to pick up after a few more acts. The double Jack Daniels on the rocks (and the two after that) also helped.
My two favorites out of it all were definitely Dawes and Cold War Kids. Dawes’ has an electric presence when they perform; their music has a True American vibe, reminiscent of folk rock from the 70′s. When they played “From a Window Seat,” I felt like I was being transported back to a different time. Cold War Kids, on the other hand, had a contrasting “We gotta get up and move!” feel. The audience were all entranced by their appeal, especially when “Hang Me Up To Dry” was played. Clearly, that song was a true prediction of the rain that was to ensue after them.
As we waited for Modest Mouse to play at 9:30pm, the clouds thickened and it started down-pouring like a mo’fo. Thankfully, my friend bought two ponchos for a good ole price of $5 ahead of time. As we huddled under one poncho together, I pondered on how I got into this situation in the first place. Why didn’t I bring my rain coat? I brought it all the way from Charlotte yet I made the decision that “Oh a little rain didn’t hurt anyone.” At 8:00pm, I looked up at the monsoon pouring down and I was done. Needed a nap. Needed to be dry before the night’s festivities. Ran through the streets of Midtown to his car (which he thankfully left at his work’s parking deck) and hauled ass to get back.
Overall, Shaky Knees was a great experience, even if it was just for a few hours. Next year, I will definitely be down for the whole sha-bang, with a raincoat.