Mood Monday-Shaky Knees 2015 Part 1 Wow, Just Wow!

Mood Monday.

Today I am feeling incredibly thankful. I am thankful to be alive, thankful for my family and friends, thankful for air-conditioning, and thankful for having the opportunity to participate in covering Shaky Knees Music Festival. Oh, yea, I admit that within that thankfulness, I am feeling a little sad. Sad, that is, that this weekend is over.

But, here on my blog, I can totally relive the entire weekend.

You see, it all started with my love of music, then my writing about it, and coincidentally about stretching myself way beyond my comfort zone. I truly believe pushing limits puts you in a place where your heart and soul begin to grow. I applied for a press pass for Shaky Knees. It wasn’t a long application, but one that I thought very intentionally about. I wanted it, I wanted it badly.

After weeks of not hearing, I decided to write an e-mail and inquire. That’s when I received this…

 Hi Carrie –

We have had an overwhelming number of requests for passes,
and understandably, we only have a limited number of passes available.
Because I can tell you have a lot of heart when it comes to blogging,
I am going to approve you for one (1) media pass to Shaky Knees.
GOOD GOLLY, I was awarded a media pass!! Let’s just say I have been walking on cloud nine ever since that e-mail dropped in my inbox!
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How quickly I forget how April and May become packed with events, travel, and must attend activities. I worried about how I would ever pull it all off, and get to the Festival. Let’s just say that I burned up the highway, and the midnight oil, all in the name of family, friends, and music. It was totally, totally  worth it.
That’s when the Shaky Knees Festival bands started e-mailing me about interview times and scheduling photos, etc. Of course, I thought that they were truly reaching out to me specifically, but later found out that this is a reach to all press as a whole. As I returned e-mails requesting times, I quickly realized that their schedules booked up with television, radio, and music magazines.
I should have known that my little blog wouldn’t bring on the kind of attention the larger media would provide. It was quite humbling, but I have to start somewhere, right?
Then, I had a major conflict with the Friday shows. There was no way I could possibly go, so I had sweet friends keep me updated with their take on it. Here is their montage of cell phone photos they sent me! So for Friday of Shaky Knees, you’ll see it through their eyes.



Mac Demarco

Just released Mac Demarco tune, “The Way You’d Love Her”


Kaiser Chiefs



The Mountain Goats





As for the headliner, The Strokes, it was such a packed park, they weren’t able to get any good pictures to send. They sent this message instead, ” Julian Casablanca owned the stage and the crowd, as soon as they hit the first licks.”

So here’s the first song in their set….

And reportedly they made a live debut of  “All The Time”.


It was awesome to get regular updates, a big thank you to my four, fun music friends.


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Stay tuned for my Saturday concert recap. When I finally get to Central Park, Shaky Knees 2015 proves to be full of colorful, fun friends, sights, and incredible sounds that you don’t want to miss!

Happy recovery Monday, y’all!








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