Photos by Bruce Jason Bohman
I just wrapped up my first visit to Forecastle Music Festival and I gotta hand it to you, Louisville. From the first bass drop with MimOsa to the last dance break with Beck, it was an unforgettable weekend full of good vibes, fantastic performances and enough Bourbon to kill a small elephant. When in Kentucky . . .
The first thing I have to point out is that Forecastle is unbelievably manageable. It never felt overcrowded, and for the most part festivalgoers conducted themselves well (always a toss up at these city fests – I’m looking at you Made in America). Let’s just go over the basics here: every port-a-potty was flush in TP, I never stood in a beer line for more than six minutes and I was always able to reconnect with friends when the schedule appealed to different tastes. A low stress festival makes for a happy festivalgoer, and the energy here was top notch. I’m sure the eclectic lineup, temperate weather and stunning Louisville waterfront location can be credited for that as well. The KY Bourbon Lodge offered a look into the rich culture of Kentucky (plus a fresh blast of AC) and Louisville’s best food trucks brought their kimchi & tofu tacos, gourmet grilled cheeses and a number of other hearty snacks to the festival grounds. It was a well-rounded event that reminded me that I grew up in a place that’s pretty damn cool.