Day three of the Shaky Knees Music Festival began like its predecessors. Central Park was bathed in bright sunlight and the air remained unseasonably warm. In fact, Sunday would wind up being the hottest day of the weekend. Given the cold and rain of the inaugural year of the festival, and the downpours and swamp-like humidity of last year’s event, it’s pretty hard to find fault with an abundance of warm sunshine. Besides, there were plenty of shady spots to take a load off between sets. And speaking of sets, Sunday had some pretty massive ones! Old 97’s, Best Coast, Dr. Dog (which included an introduction by festival founder/organizer Tim Sweetwood in a summer dress), RIDE, and a festival-closing set by Tame Impala. There was lots of head scratching amongst the crowd about the choice of Tame Impala to play what would ultimately be the biggest show of the entire festival. After witnessing their set, it’s safe to say that they were up to the challenge. The clear powerful sound showcased their impressive playing which was laced with wandering improvisations. Framing the music was a top-notch psychedelic light show. All in all, a successful step up for the band and a confirmation of the booking instincts of Tim Sweetwood and his Shaky Knees team.
As a whole, Shaky Knees has continued to grow and expand in its third year of existence, and it has definitely earned its place amongst some of the more established US music festivals. It has appeared on some “best of” lists for good reason. Having announced the festival will return next year, we are looking forward to what will undoubtedly be another evolution in what is already a top-notch event.