If you haven’t heard of Louisville, Kentucky’s Forecastle music festival, you’re missing out on one of the best festivals not just in the South, but in the country, and a weekend in one heckuva city too.
From Outkast’s opening show to the final night with Beck (and all the bourbon breaks in between), it was a tall order to take it all in, so we’ve paired up with longtime Savannah Morning News columnist and editor of Savannah Unplugged Bill Dawers to relive the magic. Check out what we saw, and go to Bill’s blog hissing lawns for more Forecastle photos.
Reason One: Where else are you going to drink small batch bourbon and dance to Outkast?
We found out that “Ms. Jackson” and Four Roses Single Barrel is a winning combination after a visit to Forecastle’s genius Bourbon Lodge filled with some of Kentucky’s best distillers like Maker’s Mark and Michter’s.
2. It’s about the music. Especially from The South.
Hurray for the Riff Raff from New Orleans, Louisiana, Mississippi’s The Weeks, and Louisville’s Jalin Roze were only a few of the bands with Southern roots that played this past weekend, which makes Forecastle one of the best places to pick up what we’re laying down.
3. Louisville is one of our favorite Southern cities.
Although some of its residents might argue on whether it’s geographically Southern or Midwestern, we can’t help but claim it. Especially when it comes to restaurants. Check out Rye, Please and Thank You, Taco Luchadore, and Hammerheads BBQ and you’ll see what we’re talking about.
4. One word. Puppets. Okay, maybe more than puppets.
Art is a big part of Forecastle, from prints to giant puppets. Our favorite was enormous marionette-like Hunter S. Thompson, made in honor of a man who was a big fan of Kentucky bourbon.
5. There are guaranteed once-in-a-lifetime moments.
We saw The Replacements play with Billie Joe Armstrong. Talk about #isthisreallife. After seeing Paul Westerberg smash his guitar, we can’t wait to see what happens next Forecastle.
Were you at Forecastle? What was your favorite moment? Tell us in the comments below or tag your tweet or Instagram with #SLForecastle.