No, they’re headlining – and helping to curate – the 10th anniversary Forecastle Festival.
The fest, which will be held from July 13 – 15, will feature a headlining set by MMJ on Saturday night, along with dozens of other acts to be announced soon. MMJ will also help plan late-night activities (including a night on the Belle of Louisville and an event at the Ice House), choose philanthropic partners and “MMJ will be collaborating with producers on the festival’s sights, sounds, experiences and special surprises that make Forecastle so unique,” festival organizers said in a press release.
MMJ leaders and local citizens Jim James and Patrick Hallahan joined Forecastle leader J.K. McKnight, Ashley Capps of Forecastle’s producing partner, AC Entertainment, and Mayor Greg Fischer – plus MC Kyle Meredith of WFPK and a guy dressed up like a ship’s captain out for a night at the Nachbar – to discuss the event.
photo by Sean Bailey for Louisville MUSICulture
Mayor Fischer began by saying that this was “a super exciting day for me,” mentioned his concert-promoting past, talked about how a creative community such as Louisville can only lead to more jobs by making it a great place to live for diverse, interesting people and then reasserted, “I, for one, am super excited.”
Capps, the founder of Bonnaroo, spoke generally about how awesome Louisville is, and Forecastle. Then McKnight spoke, discussing his vision for utilizing Frederick Law Olmstead’s parks and working for 10 years to produce a festival that would “give people a cathartic experience.” He said a defining goal he has is to be able to put “a big focus on the city of Louisville, and the brand of Louisville, Kentucky,” to showcase the city for an audience that will travel to the festival from all over the globe.
He acknowledged that one of the questions he’s been asked most has been when My Morning Jacket would play Forecastle, and how glad he was that everyone’s schedules finally aligned this year. The two sides began discussions last fall and, Louisville’s creative community being as tight-knit as it is, all was made easier because McKnight and the MMJ members have been friends with each other and each’s family members for years.
James, who walked up to the mic with a casual “Good to see ya” to his mayor, promised that the weekend would be “Christmas in July,” though no more ideas will be unveiled until more of the line-up is revealed within the next six weeks.
Limited specially-priced $100 tickets will go on sale this Friday, January 27, at noon EST. Tickets will soon go up to somewhere around $150.
The fest’s site says “Travel packages will also be available, including accommodations at The Galt House – the festival’s official, waterfront hotel. For those who wish to dock up for the weekend, VIP ‘Captain’s Club’ boat slips will also be available.” No camping will be allowed at the park. McKnight estimates that 40,000 will attend this year, up from 30,000 in 2010.
Mayor Fischer promised that Louisville can expect this to be “a major, international event.” More information is available at forecastlefest.com.
photo courtesy of Louisville Waterfront Park