Forecastle Festival XI: Day 3

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Photos by C. Michael Stewart

By BRADEN LAMMERS

The final day of 2013’s Forecastle Festival featured a blend of rock, folk and bluegrass.

Those who braved the heat and weathered the storm, literally, were treated to another day of jubilant festivities to close out the three-day event.

Wild Feathers

Early attendees were treated to a blend of the genres with Wild Feathers, an Austin, Texas, band by way of Nashville, Tenn.

The self-described “rock and roll band” treaded the line of country and southern rock and played a quick 30-minute set to kick off the last day of the festival.

Greensky Bluegrass

Greensky Bluegrass took to the Boom Stage earlier than planned Sunday, but got to be featured on a bigger stage.

The Michigan-based five piece were more to the bluegrass side of the spectrum of genres –if it wasn’t obvious enough by the band’s name– but were also inherently rock and roll.

A series of fast-paced, rock and roll, bluegrass songs were featured in the bluegrass state.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Grace Potter should change her name to “Ms. James Brown” because she is the hardest working woman in show business.

Energy certainly wasn’t lacking for the blues-rock temptress. It was on full display during her performance of “Medicine,” where she was imploring the crowd to get as excited as she was, jumping up and down and darting across the stage howling out her lyrics. And the Nocturnals are certainly no slouches either.

The bluesy-soul that is captured on the group’s albums doesn’t compare to their live performance. This is a professional show band.

The Forecastle Incident

The String Cheese Incident, with a slew of special guests, jammed along on the Boom Stage Sunday evening.

The one-time appearance for The Forecastle Incident, is a showcase of the best of Forecastle. It is a performance that is wholly unique to the event, bringing together a wide array of musicians to create a jam-band experience that tread into every genre imaginable.

Robert Plant presents the Sensational Space Shifters

For many music fans, to be in attendance for a Led Zeppelin, or Robert Plant, performance is a check off of their bucket list. What many of the fans in Waterfront Park Sunday may not have realized is that Plant is still making new music.

Those expecting a Led Zeppelin showcase may have been disappointed, but Plant still book-ended his performance with Zeppelin songs.

In the middle of his set, Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters brought a multicultural world music experience to Forecastle Festival. But the performance was cut short as the band wrapped up “What is and What Should Never Be,” the rains came.

Avett Brothers

A downpour delayed the performances near the end of the festival. The rains that came at about 8 p.m. delayed the music from getting started until about 9 p.m., with the Avett Brothers scheduled to hit the stage at about 9:30 p.m.

Those who were weary and wet, but decided to stick around were treated to another former Forecastle performer who is now headlining at the event.

And it was a large number of the festival attendees that stuck it out to see the North Carolina ensemble’s version of full-energy bluegrass and folk to close the 11th Forecastle Festival.

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