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Tré Hardy

This weekend Centennial Olympic Park electrified Atlanta with the only music festival that can bring together the best acts in EDM and underground hip hop- the second annual Shaky Beats.

Shaky Beats opened up Friday with some of the biggest EDM veterans with acts like Ekali and CRYWOLF. Fans were not disappointed as the momentum kept going, leading up to bigger acts like Alison Wonder and RL Grimes. The night ended with an artist considered to be the cornerstone of Electronic and house music, Griz. The Michigan native has garnered special attention with the unique way he blends EDM and funk, coining the term “future funk”. Being the multi-talented musician he is, Griz branded his saxophone and added that special touch of jazz to his DJ set.

Saturday’s performance included one of the most notably up and coming stars in hip-hop, Kevin Pouya, known for his collaborations with other rising acts like $uicideBoy$ and Buffet Boys. The 5-foot-5-inch rapper came out to “Middle of the Mall” with fellow Buffet Boys rapper, Germ. Mid-set, during his song “Energy”, Pouya joined the crowd in a mosh pit and ended atop a fan’s shoulders. Following his set, Flatbush Zombies, a New York rap collective that’s quickly breaking in to the mainstream music arena, performed an hour-long set featuring songs from their debut album “3001 A Laced Odyssey” and a live performance of an unreleased single. The front man of the group, Meechy Darko, ran through the crowd, which sent excited fans into a frenzy. The group exited the stage with one piece of advice: “Open your f***king minds.”

The last day ended with EMD heavy-hitters like Lost Kings, known for remixes of major artists like Tori Kelly and original songs of their own including “Phone Down.” The festival also featured Son Jose’s own DJ and producer, Getter. The OWLSA DJ sent the crowd into a head banging and mosh pit hysteria with songs like “Head Splitter” and a remix of the popular “Look At Me!” by underground hip-hop artist, XXXTentacion. Zeds Dead performed on the Peachtree stage with an electrifying set of his own, leading up to the musical duo that’s taking over airwaves everywhere and topping the Billboard charts, The Chainsmokers. The EDM-pop duo played a DJ set featuring a number of remixes, including ATL favorites like T.I.’s “What You Know” and crowd favorite originals like “Paris” and “Closer.” The set featured a series of visuals, fireworks and impressive pyrotechnics that moved to the beat.

The 2017 Shaky Beats was nothing less than amazing. Since its inauguration in 2016, the music festival never ceases to generate a buzz.


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