My Morning Jacket to headline Forecastle Festival X

BY BRADEN LAMMERS

LOUISVILLE– My Morning Jacket will headline the Forecastle Festival’s tenth anniversary show.

The announcement of the festival’s headliner was made at a press conference Tuesday and was something Forecastle Founder JK McKnight said has been in the making for a decade.

What started as a small event in Louisville’s Tyler Park in 2002 has grown into a three-day festival that attracted 30,000 fans in 2010. The event also hosted more than 100 bands and includes former headlining acts Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Smashing Pumpkins and The Flaming Lips.

Since the event expanded to a three-day festival in 2008, it has collected numerous accolades for being one of the country’s best outdoor festivals or concerts.

But a big part of celebrating the festival’s tenth year, was celebrating its Louisville roots.

“When I started this my original vision…was inspired by Louisville,” McKnight said.

He explained that the festival was inspired by the Frank Law Olmstead designed parks that dot the city, with the idea that the parks’ sole purpose was not just recreation, but to be used as a space to showcase art, music and support various causes.

“That’s what I’m in this business to do, give people a cathartic experience,” McKnight said.

The full three-day festival –halfway to Forecastle was held this past July– has been on hiatus since the 2010 event when McKnight joined forces with AC Entertainment. AC Entertainment also puts on the three-day Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee.

Ashley Capps, founder of AC Entertainment, said he was not planning to get involved in putting on another music festival, but agreed to join forces after he met with McKnight last year.

“I was really, really impressed with how it was growing year-to-year,” Capps said of the festival.

He added that he decided to get involved after seeing the vision and passion McKnight has for the festival.

“Forecastle, for one thing, is much more than a music festival,” Capps said. “I think this is what really inspired me…it was also a celebration of his community and a tremendous platform for people to share their ideas and to interact with one another.”

Being an event that would shine the spotlight on Louisville, organizers sought out the band that has deep roots within the city and had, to-date, not played the festival. My Morning Jacket was signed on to headline Saturday’s concert lineup, in addition to working on the curation of the festival with McKnight and Capps.

When asked what the group’s involvement will be in the curation process the band’s lead singer Jim James said jokingly, “I’m just going to say this slogan once, but keep it in your brains ‘Christmas in July.’”

But along with the group’s drummer Pat Hallahan, they again pointed to the impact the event has beyond music.

“I think Forecastle is a great vehicle for our city to come together and talk about art, and talk about music and talk about causes that are important to our town,” James said.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, who also attended the press conference, pointed to the spirit of entrepreneurship and that the event appeals to the region’s quality of life. He said it is highlighted in the growth of the festival through the last ten years.

“It’s all about the energy and quality of life you create and events like Forecastle are really important to that,” he said. “A park is just a place, people have to do things in it to bring it to life.”

Additional events scheduled along with the festival will include after-parties and shows on the Belle of Louisville and at the Ice House in downtown Louisville.

Capps said the rest of the festival’s lineup will be announced in four to six weeks, which is expected to total more than 75 bands.

The three-day event will be held Friday through Sunday, July 13, 14 and 15.

A limited amount of specially priced $100 weekend passes will go on sale at noon Friday, Jan. 27. They will be available for purchase online at forecastlefest.com.

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About hoosierhits
The music blog of the News and Tribune, Jeffersonville & New Albany, Ind.

One Response to My Morning Jacket to headline Forecastle Festival X

  1. Matt Chinn says:

    For anyone who hasn’t seen MMJ live I highly recommend it.

    Stellar performers.

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