Batten Down the Hatches! Forecastle Festival Preview

ForecastleOn the banks of the Ohio River resides Forecastle Music Festival, one of the Midwest’s most anticipated musical extravaganzas. It will occupy scenic Waterfront Park, the festival’s home since its inception in 2002, and purvey its sonic glory across its 85 acre expanse. This musical melee will also be found under Interstate overpasses, and aboard wooden ships. During its 3 day run, this festival brings in industry favorites for both the newest batch of music lovers and those with more seasoned palettes.

forecastle-lineupNow, the term forecastle isn’t just any old name. It has meaning and relevance to the port city of Louisville, Kentucky. The forecastle is the front part of a ship where its crew worked hard during the day, and would party during the evening. With this in mind, anyone interested in attending should heed that this is a masterfully planned event. From world renowned headliners to a Bourbon Lounge, Forecastle Festival is bringing a smattering of art, music and, culture.outkast

Headliners Jack White, Outkast, and Beck are a few of contemporary music’s most respected names. For some people in the Midwest, this will be their first chance to catch Outkast live since they started listening to them as teens. For most others, it will be a chance to help this legendary hip-hop duo, Andre 3000 and Big Boi, celebrate their 20th year creating music. For everyone, it will be the only time this summer to catch all three of these acts in the same city for such an affordable price.

With Jack White’s recent release, Lazaretto, and Beck’s latest full-length drop, Morning Phase fueling their respective summer tours- it can be certain that their sets will both be festival highlights. These evening performances won’t be ones to miss, as they will likely mix familiar, nostalgic tunes with newer pearls from current albums.  However, Forecastle is stacked from top to bottom with exciting musicians- whether they’re the new kids on the block, or well-known acts, there’s something for all music lovers.


Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr.

For those who can make it to this urban festie early on Friday, electronic act Mimosa and rapidly rising blues star Gary Clark Jr., are two of the younger acts to add to your schedule. Missing out on Indie groups Local Natives or Spoon would be nearly sinful. Electronic legend Nightmares on Wax kicks off his rare, live set at 6:30- one that would be difficult to pass up without deep regret.

On Saturday, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings are bringing their sound to Waterfront Park. Their retro-soul sound has quickly gained popularity for a live act that is wildly entertaining. Also on Saturday afternoon, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks is slotted to play a live set. This group consists of the main vocalist for Animal Collective, a gal from the Dirty Projectors, and Ponytail’s old drummer. This electric triad should have an intriguing – if not creepy – performance. Indie rock heroes, Band of Horses, will be one of the last performances before Jack White hits the stage, so be sure to catch these sentimental fellas, too.

Sunday, sadly, brings the end of the festival, but with it comes some artists worth sticking around for- and it’s not just Beck, either. Sun Kil Moon (of previous Red House Painters fame) will be playing some material from his newest release, Benji, which has been one of the most lyrically satisfying albums of 2014. Progressive acoustic group Nickel Creek will be an act worth catching as will be Ray LaMontagne just before Beck.

The banks of the Ohio River will be flooded with hippies, hipsters, and music fanatics between the dates of July 18 to July 20.  Kentucky has invited the world into its bourbon-soaked metropolis for music, culture, and a weekend of entertainment. May all attendees have safe travels, and the festival of a lifetime!Forecastle_2014_Logo_Vert