Forecastle Festival X: Day one

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Photos by C. Michael Stewart

By BRADEN LAMMERS

The long wait for Louisville music fans ended Friday night as Forecastle Festival X finally launched in Waterfront Park.

Mellow sounds of the Boom Stage

Washington state-based The Head and the Heart helped kick-off the first night of acts with a great set filled with folky harmonies on the Boom Stage tucked away on the west side of Waterfront Park.

Their easy, melodious set was excellent and they finally got the crowd going when the group closed with “Rivers and Roads” off of their self-titled album.

Baltimore-based Beach House followed the Head and the Heart on the Boom Stage drawing a massive crowd for the smaller space.

The dream-pop duo played a stoic set that lacked energy.

For a first in a live performance the band even started “Zebra” over at the behest of lead singer Victoria Legrand. Thankfully, the crowd was forgiving like the breezy, electronic sounds emanating from the stage.

Rocking south side

The rock show of the night goes to Nashville duo Jeff the Brotherhood who played near the end of the evening on the Starboard Stage. They played a blistering, noisy rock set that was in complete contrast to some of night’s earlier acts.

The pair played it up to their audience with their blend of punk and southern-rock.

Immediately after Jeff the Brotherhood closed their set, Bowling Green’s Sleeper Agent began their energized 30-minute show on the adjacent Port Stage.

Pumping the bass

Friday’s headlining act Bassnectar closed out the first day of festivities on the Mast Stage with pulsating beats, backlit with a mesmerizing and dazzling light show.

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