21 Jul Scene & Heard: Forecastle Highlights
The one festival I look forward to every year is Forecastle. The lineup is always awesome all three days so I don’t mind making a weekend of it in Louisville. Great music, great people watching, great atmosphere. The only downside is now they’ve made a yearly tradition of at least one evening being evacuated due to severe weather.
Unfortunately, I was not able to make it down Friday. I was looking forward to seeing Moon Taxi and The Avett Brothers but I heard through the grapevine both did not disappoint – despite time changes from the weather evacuation.
On Saturday I was most looking forward to seeing The Arcs. I’m a fan of the Black Keys, who I’ve seen live a few times, so I enjoyed seeing Dan Auerbach perform something a little different but still equally amazing.
Local Natives shows are always fun, so I made sure to see their set. They have great stage presence and crowd participation. They give it their all when they’re on stage and the crowd doesn’t stop dancing and singing along. Their performance at Forecastle was no different.
Alabama Shakes was the only band I was a little disappointed with. Of course they sounded amazing – they’re great artists no doubt. There just wasn’t a lot of crowd participation or excitement. I was expecting more from the Saturday night headliner.
One of the only sets on Sunday I wanted to stand out in the heat for was Anderson East. He opened up the last day of the festival and drew a crowd. Everyone was getting into the music and one of the band members even preached since it was Sunday. Great show all around.
I’m already excited to see next year’s lineup. – Kaitlyn Farmer (Photo: courtesy of Kaitlyn Farmer)