Live Review: Day 2 @ Shaky Knees Music Festival – May 4th 2024

The forecasted rain continued to hold off and Saturday afternoon saw some sunshine break through the clouds for Day 2 of the Shaky Knees Music Festival.  The weekend was in full swing, and the crowds streamed through the gates earlier in the afternoon and in greater numbers than Friday.  Those who ventured out early were treated to a diverse lineup of artists and captivating performances that kept the energy high throughout the day.

We started the day at the Criminal Records stage for a genre-defying set from Chicago-based alternative-rockers, Friday Pilots Club.  The five-piece band led by Caleb Hiltunen and Drew Polovick delivered an anthemic set that balanced a level of moodiness with big riffs and infectious energy.  It’s always a thrill to start the day with a band that catches you by surprise and sets a high bar for the rest of the day.

Still buzzing from Friday Pilots Club, we hiked to the opposite end of Central Park to catch Blondshell at the Piedmont Stage. Blondshell is the performance moniker of Sabrina Mae Teitelbaum, who won over the crowd with a set of darker alternative rock that channeled the spirit of Kathleen Hanna and the sound of Liz Phair.  Other early afternoon sets that caught our eyes and ears were Australian singer-songwriter Grace Cummings, who mesmerized the crowd with her distinctive rootsy vocals and heartfelt lyrics, and English singer-songwriter Holly Humberstone who delivered a captivating performance of pop-rock that left a feel-good vibe and plenty of smiles in the crowd.

As the day progressed, the tempo picked up with explosive performances from English duo Royal Blood, whose thunderous rhythms and raw power had the crowd rocking out from start to finish, and punk rock icons The Offspring, who played an anthemic set of hits pulled from across their catalog.  The band sounded every bit as powerful and hook-laden as they did in the 90’s.

With the sun setting, Queens of The Stone Age walked out to a solid crowd at the Piedmont stage, but we made the hard choice to catch Miike Snow over on the Ponce stage.   Miike Snow delivered a mesmerizing set filled with pulsating beats and infectious grooves that justified our decision, and set the stage for headliners Weezer to close out the night in style.

Closing out the night, Weezer delivered a powerhouse performance filled with hit after hit that had the crowd singing along and cheering wildly.  The only downside to their performance was the fact that it was cut a bit short due to lightning in the area.

Check out some photo highlights from Day 2 below.

Day 2 at Shaky Knees Music Festival 2024
Photos © Dan Kulpa // Clashdan Photography