Forecastle Festival X: Day three

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Photos by C. Michael Stewart

By BRADEN LAMMERS

The bleary-eyed and weary weekend warriors of Forecastle Festival X rolled into the final day of the music and activism festival looking to be reenergized.

Rockin’ it early

Cleveland-based Cloud Nothings was quick to oblige.

The Ohio four-piece brought their brand of angsty, grunge-punk to the Mast Stage. And the performance, like the group’s sound, was rough around the edges, unsteady, but with a good hook.

Deer Tick followed Cloud Nothings on the Mast Stage and kept the party going with its blend of Southern, garage-rock.

If there was any doubt that they were there to have a good time before they took the stage, it was evident when the entire band walked out donning pink cowboy hats.

The gritty party band rocked their hour-long set, and just to drive it home they played “Let’s All Go to the Bar” to close their show.

The Port side

The mood was much mellower on the Port Stage near the south side of Waterfront Park.

Fruit Bats, which features Eric Johnson a former member of The Shins as its frontman, packed the port stage with their indie pop-rock.

Louisvillian Ben Sollee followed the Fruit Bats on the Port Stage with his blend of jazzy bluegrass.

It was not the first time Sollee had ventured onstage during the Forecastle Festival as he appeared as a guest with a number of different artists throughout the weekend.

And on Sunday night many returned the favor.

After playing a few songs, fellow Kentucky-based musicians and common collaborators Cheyenne Marie Mize and Daniel Martin Moore joined him on stage. Abigail Washburn also joined the Kentucky musicians for a song.

Mize stuck around for a second song and then My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James joined Sollee on stage to complete the Louisville musician round-up.

Ending on a high note

Wilco closed the three-day festival with a raucous opening to their set, which mellowed in the middle and then ramped up again to close the show.

The Chicago-based alt-country rockers played a good mix of songs off of the band’s most recent release “The Whole Love” with plenty of selections from their older albums. Highlights of the set included “Box Full of Letters” and “Handshake Drugs,” among others. They even took a break near the end of their show to sing “Happy Birthday” to Woody Guthrie, who has served as an inspiration and a source of material for the band.

Whether intended or not, Wilco was the perfect choice to close the three-day festival.

They were the ideal blend of rock, folk and experimentation that encapsulated the acts that had proceeded them on Friday and Saturday.

But in closing the festival Wilco was able to show all of those previous acts what they should, one day, hope to attain.

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

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