Inaugural country music fest coming to KSU

Shaky Boots Music Festival poster

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 9, 2015) - The metro-Atlanta area is home to four of the  top 100 concert…

Georgia (Jan 9, 2015)

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 9, 2015) - The metro-Atlanta area is home to four of the  top 100 concert venues in the country, but like any new Blake Shelton song, the nascent KSU Sports and Entertainment Park is rising rapidly up the charts as a venue of choice.

“Our venue is still fairly new in this industry,” said Maggie Gendernalik, the park’s assistant director and box office manager. “So for us to be the site of a music festival with this caliber of performers is amazing!”

Tickets went on sale Thursday for the inaugural Shaky Boots Music Festival, a two-day event featuring marquee country artists Shelton, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Dwight Yoakam, Jason Isbell, Old Crow Medicine Show, Sara Evans, Kristian Bush and Cracker. These are just a few of the acts that will perform on multiple stages throughout the 88-acre sports and entertainment park on May 16-17.  

“There has never been a two-day country music festival in Georgia,” Gendernalik said. “To host the first one is truly an honor. We will work hard to make sure the fans have a great experience here at KSU.”

According to Shaky Boots co-founder Tim Sweetwood, he has been waiting for the right time and place to start this festival.

“I’ve had this vision of a country music festival in Georgia for a long time,” said Sweetwood, who is also co-founder of Shaky Knees, an in-town indie rock festival. “Given the history of country music in this state, and the South in general, there was this huge gap for a multi-day country festival.”

Two-day passes for the event start at $169, plus fees. VIP passes start at $499, plus fees, and include access to exclusive lounges and viewing areas; catered lunches and dinners; complimentary beer; and access to private restrooms and cash liquor bars. Tickets may be purchased at the Fifth Third Bank Stadium Box Office, or online at

“We are excited to welcome visitors from all over the country to Kennesaw for this show,” Gendernalik said. “We also see this festival as something that builds local pride for the people of Cobb County. It certainly gives KSU students bragging rights.  For students, opportunities like this add another dynamic to campus life that create memories they will never forget.”

--By Jennifer Hafer


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