Tommy Stinson, left, and Paul Westerberg first returns as the Replacements at Toronto's RiotFest in August.
A festival that hews closer to the average Replacements fan’s music tastes over this year’s Coachella lineup, Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Fest announced this morning that the revamped –‘Mats have joined the schedule for their three-day bash happening May 9-11. Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson and their new bandmates are now listed on the festival poster under Alabama Shakes, the National and Modest Mouse and over Spoon, the Gaslight Anthem, Violent Femmes, Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine and fellow Minnesotans the Hold Steady and Trampled by Turtles.
Not only is it a great lineup for middle-age and NPR-attuned indie-rock fans, but the Shaky Knees is also a lot cheaper than Coachella, with three-day passes now on sale for $150 (vs. $375 for either weekend of the big California desert fest). The festival is held at Atlantic Station in downtown Atlanta and thus not a campout kind of event like Coachella.
Shaky Knees will thus be the Replacements’ third gig of 2014 and sixth gig since reforming for last year’s RiotFests. Word is they are looking at other dates, too – but your guess on where and when is as good as ours.
[Photo by Tony Nelson]