The 2014 edition of the Forecastle Music and Art Festival will be held July 18-20 at downtown Louisville’s expansive Waterfront Park adjacent to the Ohio River. The headlining musical acts include Jack White, Outkast and Beck. The undercard is full of quality artists like Spoon, Band of Horses, Twenty One Pilots and Dwight Yoakam. The festival will also feature a performance by the recently reunited 90’s indie favorites The Replacements.
Forecastle 2014 will also showcase the Kentucky Landing area where craft beer made in Kentucky can be sampled. Area food trucks will also set up shop on the landing property along with some vendors promoting Kentucky made crafts.
The Bourbon Lodge is always a popular place for those attending Forecastle. 2014 will see the launch of the Bourbon Cares program benefitting the Forecastle Foundation. Members of Spoon, and some other Forecastle bands, will serve as celebrity bartenders serving special single barrel releases from Four Roses distillery from Lawrenceburg, KY. The Bourbon Lodge will also feature many whiskeys from Kentucky where over 90% of the world’s bourbon is produced. All are welcome in the lodge, but those who wish to drink bourbon must be 21 years of age or older. Master distillers from some of Kentucky’s bourbon distilleries will be on hand to explain the bourbon making process, and to answer questions about the bourbon craft. The Kentucky Distillers Association will have representatives on hand to promote the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and there will also be a demonstration on cooking with bourbon.
Downtown Louisville also offers a lot to those who wish to explore. Forth Street Live is always buzzing with music, food and drink. The Old Seelbach Bar and Proof on Main are two members of the Urban Bourbon Trail that have over 150 different bourbons on hand. The newly renovated Whiskey Row block is home to the Evan Williams Experience where visitors can get a hands-on bourbon crafting experience.
Forecastle continues to grow from its relatively humble beginnings back in 2002. Anyone who enjoys the stimulating effect of a special music festival would be in the right place at the right time July 18-20 in downtown Louisville.