‘Forecastle For Everyone’-
July 12-14 2013: The Forecastle Music Festival Event Highlights, Written by Film Celebrity Guest Correspondent and Louisville Native: Shane Woodson
There were over 50 bands performing on four stages last weekend at the biggest music extravaganza in Louisville, Kentucky: The Forecastle Music Festival- a 3 day, fun-filled event held at Louisville’s Water-front Park on Witherspoon and River Road. The sensational music festival brought crowds from around the world. From its humble beginnings as a small music event held at Louisville, Kentucky’s Tyler park in 2002, the Forecastle Music Festival has grown into a major musical attraction, with this years line-up featuring bands “Houndmouth”, “Big Boi”, “String Cheese Incident”, “The Black Keys”, “The Avett Brothers”, and legendary Led Zeppelin front-man “Robert Plant” presenting “The Sensational Space Shifters”.
Festival founder J.K. McKnight said there were music fans in attendance from close to 48 states as well as fans from as far away as Europe. Serious attention to detail was evident throughout the festival, as the nautical maritime term from which Forecastle bears its name, is seen on full display.
The Forecastle Music Festival has the distinction as having had “The Black Keys” perform at Forecastle in 2009 back when the band was a strong club act and not the multiple Grammy winning band they have become today. This year’s event officially kicked off at the Forecastle Bourbon Lodge, with the mayor of Louisville, Greg Fischer, proclaiming “Bourbon not from Louisville is counterfeit…”.
Music fans were treated to a visit from iconic gonzo writer and Louisville native Hunter S. Thompson, in form of a giant puppet, compliments of the Squallis Puppeteers. As for the satisfaction of quenching one’s thirst and appetite, the event offered an array of choices, ranging from Cajun to All-American, and of course pizza pie. Crowds were delighted by City’s Belle of Louisville, our nation’s oldest operational steamboat, who will be celebrating her 100 year anniversary this October.
As the Forecastle Music Festival has grown from its humble beginnings into what is now a national musical event of prominence, it only figures to continue its path of growth and improvement, while offering a sensational array of music for everyone. It was a pleasure spending time at the festival and I am honored to be a native of the great city of Louisville. Go Cardinals!
About The Forecastle Music Festival:
Founded in 2002 by Louisville native JK McKnight, Forecastle has grown from a community event to one of the country’s most anticipated summer festivals, which now draws tens of thousands of fans from across the world to Louisville’s scenic 85-acre Waterfront Park.
In addition to featuring a who’s who of musical acts such as The Black Keys, Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, the Flaming Lips, Band of Horses, Sleater-Kinney, and The Avett Brothers, Forecastle has consistently promoted local artists as well as focusing on environmental activism and outdoor recreation. Past Forecastles have featured prominent organizations, industry leaders, and distinguished speakers, such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (Riverkeepers), Rob Caughlan (Surfrider Foundation) and Christopher Childs (Greenpeace International).
Forecastle is co-produced by Knoxville-based AC Entertainment, one of the country’s premiere independent concert promoters, putting on more than 750 concerts throughout the Southeast as well as producing major events such as Bonnaroo, Gentlemen of the Road and Mountain Oasis.
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About The City:
Forecastle is hosted in Louisville, KY, one of the most beautiful and thriving cities in the country. Louisville is the perfect escape for anyone seeking to break away. There are a million and one things to do here, but only one thing you should do: whatever you want. From bourbon tours to giant skate parks, the “city of art and parks” has something for everyone. Shops open early and bars close late (at 4am).
Home of the Louisville Cardinals who won the NCAA Division One Men’s College Basketball 2013 Championship.
About Shane Woodson:
Shane Woodson has starred or co-starred in over 75 motion pictures, television shows, commercials, and stage productions. Shane recently Guest Starred on the CBS drama "Criminal Minds". Other credits include co-starring in "Road of No Return" with David Carradine, a starring role in "Cain and Abel" with Flavor Flav, and recurring roles on "The Young & The Restless", "Passions," and "Las Vegas." Shane has supporting roles in "Zodiac", "Strange Fruit", and "Resident Evil: Extinction", and the upcoming release of the award winning Independent film "Barracuda", which he co-directed with producer/director Christy Oldham (www.barracudamovie.tv)
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