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July 8, 2013

Forecastle Festival sets sail Friday

Crowds expected to double for this year’s festival


LOUISVILLE — The News and Tribune’s Editor Shea Van Hoy and Reporter Braden Lammers put together a list of bands that should not be missed at the Forecastle Festival:

Friday, July 12:

• The Pass — 5:30-6:15 p.m. on the WFPK Port Stage: Louisville rock group The Pass has generated quite the interest around the city the past couple of years, and with good reason. Why I don’t think the energy of their live shows totally translated to their second album, “Melt”  — released late last year — the band is a lot of fun to see in person. To call the band simply dance rock would be wrong, because that term seems to dismiss the rocking part, something the band does well. Still, expect a lot of bodies shaking at the band’s set.

— Shea’s pick

• Houndmouth — 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the Mast Stage: The Southern Indiana band is on a meteoric ascent having just released its debut album “From the Hills Below the City.” Going from small venues to playing major festivals and late-night talk shows, the group’s blend of folk-influenced indie-rock is accessible to a wide audience. And the band’s on-stage presence is infectious — they have as much fun as the crowd. Jump on the bandwagon now, so you can say you knew them back when. Houndmouth is also playing a separately ticketed show on the Belle of Louisville on Saturday, July 13 with special guests Night Beds, The Wheeler Brothers and more.

— Braden’s pick

Saturday, July 13:

• Alabama Shakes— 6-7:15 p.m. on the Mast Stage: Aptly named Alabama quartet, Alabama Shakes created an enormous amount of buzz off its debut 2012 album and big voice of vocalist Brittany Howard. This band should play right down the middle of the Forecastle crowd -- they’re a great mix of rock, soul and blues. So expect the hippies and hipsters to show up in equal force.

— Shea’s pick

• The Joy Formidable— 6:45-8 p.m. on the Boom Stage: The Welsh rockers will hit Forecastle to deliver something the festival has lacked a bit in the past couple of years  -- a noisy rock band. The power trio is touring in support of 2013’s “Wolf’s Law” and expect the band to unleash a welcomed wall of noise on the Louisville crowd.

— Shea’s pick

• The Black Keys— 10 p.m.-midnight on the Mast Stage: Yes, they’re the headliners. Yes, there is a reason they are Saturday’s featured act. The Akron-based duo is a blues rock band, pure and simple. The music is straightforward and their performance is rocking. What is most impressive is that much, and that depth of sound, can come from a drum set and a guitar. Having seen The Black Keys multiple times, they are an act not to be missed.

— Braden’s pick

Sunday, July 14:

• Tennis — 2:45-3:45 p.m. on the Boom Stage: This is my underground pick of the weekend, although I’ve never seen Tennis play live. On the band’s two albums, however, Tennis makes music that simply makes you feel good. It sounds like the beach and summer, fitting right in with Forecastle’s nautical theme. Both albums from the husband-and-wife-led band --“Cape Dory” and “Young & Old” -- are great listens. Get there early on Sunday for some great pop songs.

— Shea’s pick

• Grace Potter & the Nocturnals — 5-6:15 p.m. on the Mast Stage: I have an album or two from Grace Potter and her band, but never really listen to them. The music just isn’t for me. Her live show is a different story however — the energy and camaraderie Potter and her band brings to the stage is hard to top. It’s a compliment to say that the band’s live show is one most any music fan can enjoy, even if they showed up knowing nothing about their songs.

— Shea’s pick

• The Forecastle Incident — 5:45-7 p.m. on the Boom Stage: This performance is guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind because it will be a one-time performance for the Forecastle Festival. The String Cheese Incident — playing Friday night on the Mast Stage and a separately ticketed show at the Louisville Palace Saturday — will return to the Forecastle Boom Stage Sunday. The show will feature some interesting collaborations and some surprise acts — as I have been assured by festival organizers. If you want to experience the uniqueness of Louisville’s premiere outdoor music festival, this is the performance that should encapsulate it.

— Braden’s pick

So you know:

A limited number of weekend passes and day passes are still available for purchase.

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