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Photos: Shaky Knees Music Festival 2015


Photos: Shaky Knees Music Festival 2015

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Photograph by Matt Miller

In terms of scale, this was the most ambitious Shaky Knees yet, featuring more than 80 acts, including a handful from Georgia. Organizers declined to disclose attendance figure, but it’s safe to say it was in the tens of thousands.
Photograph by Matt Miller

Troy Sanders plays bass for Mastodon, an Atlanta band whose most recent album is “Once More ’Round the Sun.”
Photograph by Matt Miller

Photograph by Matt Miller

Lauren Staley Morrow, lead singer for The Whiskey Gentry.
Photograph by Matt Miller

Photograph by Matt Miller

Photograph by Matt Miller

Photograph by Matt Miller

A portion of each ticket sold went to Songs for Kids Foundation, an Atlanta-based organization that integrates music into the lives of children who are in and out of children’s hospitals. Each day of Shaky Knees kicked off with a 15-minute set from one of the children. Pictured here is Nicolas Duncan, from Columbus, along with Songs for Kids founder (and guitarist) Josh Rifkind, left, and Sanjay Kothari, also with Songs for Kids. For more info, go to songsforkidsfoundation.org
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Shaky Knees was held next door to the Civic Center.
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Jared Swilley of The Black Lips
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Cole Alexander, guitarist for The Black Lips, channels Jimi Hendrix.
Photograph by Matt Miller

Photograph by Matt Miller

Major acts for the festival included Wilco, Ryan Adams, The Strokes, the Avett Brothers, and, above, Social Distortion.
Photograph by Matt Miller

Of the festival’s five stages, one was enclosed.
Photograph by Matt Miller

Photograph by Matt Miller

Photograph by Matt Miller

The reunited Neutral Milk Hotel also performed, fronted by the iconoclastic Jeff Mangum.
Photograph by Matt Miller

Photograph by Matt Miller

Photograph by Matt Miller

Photograph by Matt Miller

Photograph by Matt Miller

Photograph by Matt Miller

Photograph by Matt Miller

Photograph by Matt Miller

The Avett Brothers
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Photograph by Matt Miller

Night falls on day two of Shaky Knees. Dates for 2016 are May 13-15.
Photograph by Matt Miller

In its third year, Shaky Knees Music Festival moved to Central Park in Old Fourth Ward, where Music Midtown used to be. The inaugural Shaky Knees festival, in 2013, was at the Historic Fourth Ward Park; last year’s was at Atlantic Station. This year’s three-day festival was the most ambitious yet, featuring 80 acts including Mastodon, The Strokes, Wilco, The Avett Brothers, Neutral Milk Hotel, and more. A portion of ticket proceeds went to the Songs for Kids Foundation.

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