MANAWA, Wisconsin (August 9-10) — If you’re lucky, when the GPS gives up, you can just follow the line of vintage rods and custom bikes the rest of the way to the Symco Shakedown. The shakedown is the culmination of everything cool in the world. Combine classic cars, pin-up girls, PBRs, tattoos and some seriously rockin’ rockabilly bands on three stages over the course of a weekend, and you have yourself the recipe for a freakin’ blast.
The assignment was to cover the bands, but I simply couldn’t keep my cameras down. Everything fit into this cool classic vibe from the look of the town itself (all rusting and fading) to the friendly folk all around. The cars were amazing and the vendors were perfect. If your hair didn’t look the part, no worries – run down and see Chuck the Barber; grab a cut and some pomade. Need a beer? $1 inside, $2 outside. Hell the atmosphere was so perfectly cool, it even inspired an impromptu wedding proposal (Congratulations Tim and Rebecca)! And the bands are made of some of the hardest working, passionate folk I’ve met. Many playing a couple of sets over the course of the weekend to make sure we all got our fix of good Rockabilly! Beautiful.
The only problem is that I am only one man and could only cover 80% of it – but I’m pretty stoked about the 80% I saw, and can’t wait for next year! To read more about it, check out Katie’s review of Symco Shakedown 2013.
Enjoy the photos – and SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC! Don’t ever let a smokin’ hot time like the Symco Shakedown fall through the cracks!
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Bonus pics of Cars and Cool Folk at the bottom.
Symco Shakedown 2013 Band and Festival Photos
Mad Pole Cats
The Krank Daddies
The Twistin’ Tarantulas
The One Night Standards
The Western Starlanders
Sun’s of Memphis
Crazy Rocket Fuel
BONUS SHOTS Of Fast Cars, Pretty Girls, and Nice Folk