A soft folk group isn't exactly what most people would get excited for when considering who to see at a major music festival, but the pure talent and depth of emotion that Night Beds put into their songs makes them a "must see" Forecastle act. The band begins at 7PM, right when the hot summer day begins to melt into night. This is the perfect band to soundtrack this peaceful moment, right on the Louisville waterfront, their lush sounds pouring out over a welcoming crowd.
I've seen Dan Deacon throw a party in the form of his music with fifty people and several hundred. Put the electronic mad man in front of a festival crowd and this will be one of the most talked about sets from Forecastle 2013. Make sure to leave all your inhibitions at the door because Deacon always loves the crowd to participate and it's on how much you're willing to let go that determines the time you have at one of his shows.
The Pass & Houndmouth
After the Forecastle weekend is long gone, it might very well be two local acts that leave the biggest impression on the crowd. First, The Pass bring an electro dance party to the Waterfront and have already hinted at local guest appearances and confirmed one Prince cover. The Pass, known to most Louisville natives, put on a highly energetic show and display some of the best musicianship that will be found at the festival.
Houndmouth has been blowing up on the national level with their quick signing to Rough Trade Records. The "Recession Rock" band is perfectly in line to follow their talented mentors, the Alabama Shakes as one of those new mainstream folk bands with actual talent (it's rare). With performances on Conan and Letterman (airs tonight / Wed July 10th), this hometown band will have a crazy Louisville crowd cheering their success on the main stage.
I'm going to keep this short and sweet. Listen to the music of Kurt Vile and you'll know why he gets this spot. Done and done.
Killer Mike & El-P
Not only did Killer Mike release the best rap album of 2012 with R.A.P Music, just for fun he and El-P just released what might very well be the best rap album of 2013 with Run The Jewels. Forecastle is going to be honored with a musician on top of his genre and not showing any signs of slowing down. This is one of the acts at Forecastle that isn't a headliner right now, but in a decade or two we all might look back with a "I can't believe I was there" story to tell.