We are in full-blown music festival mode, and while we could focus all day on the megafests like Lollapalooza, I wanted to shed some light on a lesser known. Forecastle Music Festival takes place in Waterfront Park in Louisville every July and has been growing steadily since it’s inception in 2002. This year’s headliners are Outkast, Jack White and Beck. What up, Kentucky? You’re crushin’ it.
Sure, Kentucky’s a bit of a hike, but wouldn’t it be nice to get out of the big city bustle for a few days? And that’s exactly what some NYC artists are doing. Let’s check out some of our local favorites who are heading down to the Bluegrass state from July 18-20.
St. Lucia – Friday, July 18th, Ocean Stage 4:45-5:45 PM
Jean-Philip Grobler is a South African transplant, now residing in Brooklyn. It’s a been a big year for Grobler and his band as they’ve hit several music festivals and opened for big names like Two Door Cinema Club. Their 2013 album When the Night provides a catchy blend of synth pop, and collaborations with big dance names like The Knocks show a keen level of versatility. You can catch them for free next Wednesday at LPR at 8 PM, and I’m not sure you’ll be able to see them Closer Than This for a while. They just sold out a four-night run here in NYC.
Action Bronson – Friday, July 18th, Ocean Stage 8:00-9:15 PM
Ah, Action Bronson you’re hilarious. The professional chef turned rap star is originally from Flushing, NY and is always good for a laugh. When he’s not throwing Peter Luger’s steaks into the crowd, or clotheslining an audience member, he’s filming his very own foodie web series appropriately titled, Fuck, That’s Delicious.
tUne-yArDs (s0me members) – Sunday, July 20th, Ocean Stage, 7:00-8:00 PM
Not all of Tune-Yards are New York natives, but they deserve a special shout out. Abigail Bengson on backup for example, is a current Brooklyn resident and you may have caught her at one of her many runs at Joe’s Pub. Original members Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner are both New England natives and use drum loops, ukelele, vocals and electric bass to produce a sound that’s just as unique as the lady who fronts the band.
Sharon Van Etten – Sunday, July 20th, Boom Stage 3:15-4:15 PM
I think it’s safe to say that Sharon Van Etten is Brooklyn’s reigning indie rock princess. You may have seen her last year when she was touring with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. This year she’s promoting her 2014 release Are We There, a studio recording which featured instruments played by the late John Lennon and Patti Smith. She’ll fit in great on the Forecastle lineup with her smoky reverb and folk rock elements.
Lucius – Sunday, July 20th, Mast Stage 2:45-3:30 PM
Lucius just made a splash at this year’s Governors Ball, and they appear to be on a roll. Rolling Stone called them “the best band you may not have heard yet”. The five-piece electro pop collective features sequins, mod haircuts, bright synth and a whole lot of charisma.