Forecastle Festival may have announced its first wave of lineup artists, but the late-night shows are still to come. These shows are typically spread throughout Louisville at local venues and even some setting sail off the Waterfront. This year’s shows have yet to be announced, but these are the five Forecastle alumni we would love to see return.
This Alabama rock band has all the soul and power we want to end a night on. Alabama Shakes played Forecastle in 2013, and have teased their work on a new album. A new tour seems imminent to maintain the momentum the band rolled through a massive tour with, and a late night set with a familiar audience feels appropriate for kicking off the next chapter.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been traveling for decades, and has already done special things for Louisville in the past. Louisville native Jim James joined them on stage during their 2012 Forecastle set in the early afternoon, and they’ve just announced a Louisville show at Bomhard Theater. Their funk and soul roots would provide an excellent late night dance party.
What can we say about Girl Talk? We wrote about his 2012 night set, and it was the biggest party we’ve been to. Girl Talk is everything that a late night set should be. He has lights, endless dancing, and familiar, catchy mash-up lyrics. There’s even a crowd of people dancing on-stage, some shooting toilet paper guns. It’s one of the most fun concert experiences you can have. This would be the home run.
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Sharon Jones is one of the most animated stage presences performing today. Her lively soul show doesn’t allow for any standing around. Jones is sure to have everyone in attendance moving whether they are fans or not, and that’s saying something these days. Her 2014 show was a great success creating a great atmosphere on Waterfront Park’s great lawn, and we can only imagine what it could be like in more intimate, tighter quarters.
Finally, there is the veteran who wasn’t. Action Bronson’s 2014 show was cancelled after difficulties traveling from a Canadian festival the prior day. The cancellation announcement was met with collective sighs for rap fans, as it was booked as the warm up for Outkast as the headliner Friday night. Bronson is the most interactive rap performer we’ve seen yet, recalling a legendary 2013 Bonnaroo afternoon set. If Bronson could make up for his cancellation in Louisville, not only would the show tear the venue down, but it would earn him and the festival massive respect for rewarding those let down before.