Reading. M’era Luna. Bonnaroo. Lollapalooza. Wacken. What do these five names have in common? They are all summer music festivals, and Louisville is no exception to the party.
Two weekends from now, the Forecastle Festival, held on Louisville’s Waterfront Park, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary, with local act My Morning Jacket as one of the headliners. Make the jump to see a sampling of the performers who will grace the Ohio River with their presence in 2012.
“This Tornado Loves You” – Neko Case: Alongside Wilco, Neko Case will headline the final day of performances on Sunday. Her most recent work is a contribution to The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond entitled “Nothing to Remember.”
“100011″ – Clutch: Neil Fallon and his merry band of pirates are among the lineup as well as the above headliners on Sunday. Earlier this month, they dropped an iTunes exclusive called “Pigtown Blues” backed with an acoustic version of “Motherless Child” from 2009′s Strange Cousins from the West.
“Demons” – Sleigh Bells: The noise pop duo out of Brooklyn are currently working on their next opus for a possible 2013 delivery. In the meantime, they will be headlining the first day of shows on Friday with catchy/abrasive numbers such as “Demons” from their current album Reign of Terror.
“Feel It All Around” – Washed Out: One of the bigger names in modern electronic music, Washed Out will bring dreamy soundscapes such as the one above — which also happens to be the theme song of IFC’s Portlandia — to Saturday’s lineup, the cool breeze coming off the Ohio helping to refresh the audience under the summer sun.
“Holdin’ On to Black Metal” – My Morning Jacket: And of course, I cannot leave out Louisville’s own indie rockers, whose 2011 album Circuital received a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album, as well as numerous accolades. The quintet will be headlining Saturday’s lineup alongside Girl Talk.