The 2017 Shaky Knees festival is now a happy musical memory for the thousands of people who filled Centennial Olympic Park for the indie rock festival. It began in 2013 at the Masquerade Music Park and quickly outgrew its venues year after year, until it found its downtown home in 2016.
This year’s acts included LCD Soundsystem, The XX, Ryan Adams, Cloud Nothings, the Pixies and dozens more.
11Alive’s Jeremy Campbell relives the fest in this podcast featuring Theresa Wayman of Warpaint, Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind and Georgia’s own Family and Friends.
The Shaky Knees Festival marked a return to the stage for Stephan Jenkins, lead singer of Third Eye Blind. He took the winter off from performing and flew to Atlanta from Fiji just in time to take the main stage. After his set, the conversation turned from the 20th anniversary of “Semi Charmed Life” and turned towards Georgia politics.
“I would like people to know that I am down to volunteering for Jon Ossoff, whatever people need. If I lived in Atlanta, if I lived in the Sixth District I’d be voting for Jon Ossoff and since I can’t do that I just want to support everybody who does,” Jenkins said.
He explains speaking out about government has always been part of the band’s DNA.
“Third Eye Blind has always been punk. The attitude of being willing to say what you believe, damn the consequences has always been out stance. We’ve always had that stance,” he said.
It’s a sentiment considered by Warpaint guitarist Theresa Wayman who says she may start speaking out more about her opinions on politics and government.
“I think it’s important to know what’s going on, and I don’t see the point of not using your voice if you have one. If you have some sort of platform, any kind of platform why not use it. But there are a lot of people saying things these days which is good, so sometimes I don’t necessarily want to bombard people with too much,” Wayman said.
Her band, Warpaint, started out as two childhood friends just wanting to make good music in L.A. Now Warpaint is playing all over the world.
They’ve won over a famous fan in Ellen DeGeneres after performing on her show in April. The host had a special request, instead of playing one of the band’s hits she asked they play “White Out.”
“She watched our sound check and they were like no she doesn’t ever do that, it never happens. That was a huge compliment because I think what she’s doing is amazing,” said guitarist Theresa Wayman.
Wayman and her bandmates will launch a tour with Depeche Mode later this year.
PHOTOS: Shaky Knees 2017