On what’s expected to be the hottest day in the history of the Forecastle Festival, whenever the sun finally decides to set, the main stage will feature its highest-profile pair of local acts since the days of Tyler Park.
Lexington native and country superstar Chris Stapleton will headline Saturday night. Before Stapleton on the Mast Stage will be the indie-bop-Americana of Houndmouth.
It’s a return to Forecastle for the New Albany group that found national attention with 2015’s Little Neon Limelight, an album that landed the group a prime spot at Bonnaroo that year, but this will be the first appearance at Forecastle by the band since singer Katie Toupin left in 2016, releasing music from a solo project earlier this year. Houndmouth, too, is also promoting a new album, Golden Age, recorded in the band’s now three-piece configuration.
Houndmouth guitarist Matt Myers will join Louisville Orchestra conductor Teddy Abrams to close out the WFPK Port Stage on Sunday night in an ensemble of Teddy Abrams and Friends, the third year for Abrams to lead other musicians in a live Forecastle set.
Abrams will be busy, curating the Port Stage and making appearances throughout the weekend, as all corners and genres of Louisville music gets a spotlight in the triple-digit sun.
Other notable local slots on that stage Sunday include Maiden Radio Hour, a collaboration of local female musicians Joan Shelley, Cheyenne Mize and Julia Purcell, focused on the roots of Appalachian music. They will be joined by other yet-to-be-unveiled guests.
Fiddle master Michael Cleveland of Henryville, who made the Grammy list this year, also plays on the Port Stage on Sunday with his bluegrass bandmates from Flamekeeper.
On Saturday, the West Louisville Showcase will focus on hip hop, R&B, soul, jazz, gospel, and traditional African drumming. The slot will include contributions from 1200, Chanson Calhoun, DJ Always, DJ OutHere, Lance Newman, Metez, the River City Drumcorp and AMPED.
Afterward, a group of local musicians dubbed the Forecastle Symphony will Perform Terry Riley’s minimalist composition “In C.”
Bowling Green’s rock-country hybrid The Josephines open the Port Stage during an ASCAP showcase section Saturday afternoon, followed by Daphne Willis and Nashville’s Elliot Root.
The Port Stage kicks off on Friday with the Louisville Leopard Percussionists, Wax Fang and another Teddy Abrams collective featuring jazz vocalist Carly Johnson.
For the conceptual rockers Wax Fang, it’s a fourth Forecastle appearance, which might or might not be a record. Fellow Louisville rockers White Reaper, another Bonnaroo alum and the self-described world’s best American band, hit the Mast Stage early Sunday afternoon.
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