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My Morning Jacket Rocks Louisville at Forecastle X | Green Up Music
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My Morning Jacket Rocks Louisville at Forecastle X


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Just one week ago I landed in Louisville, Kentucky for the tenth celebration of the Forecastle Festival. With a crowd of nearly 35,000 attendees filling the Louisville waterfront, Forecastle and festival curators My Morning Jacket uncovered what seems to be the perfect combination of venue, crowd size and band selection.

After a red-eye flight from San Francisco, I hit the ground running on Friday afternoon, excited to see several bands currently on heavy rotation in my music catalog. Not to mention checking out plenty of new acts too. I got the weekend started with Atlas Sound, Beach House, Sleigh Bells and Flying Lotus before heading over to the afterparty on the Belle of Louisville. Despite predictions of rain all weekend, the weather held out and Friday proved to be a perfect start to a virtually perfect weekend of music. Saturday and Sunday highlights included Real Estate, Dr. Dog, Deer Tick and Washed Out.

Although I’ve been an avid live music fan since I was a teenager, I somehow managed to not lend my ears to My Morning Jacket for more than a few random moments here and there. Weeks before the festival, I began indulging in their albums and scouring the internet for live videos. In the days leading up to the festival I was finding new favorites and making a mental list of setlist hopefuls. Saturday night, My Morning Jacket delivered a hometown throw-down with a setlist full of fan favorites, covers and special guests. A proclaimed new fan, My Morning Jacket gave this girl a truly stand-out first show.

Special guests included the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Galaxie 500/Luna frontman Dean Wareham, Andrew Bird and former MMJ band member Johnny Quaid. Wareham led the debut cover of Isn’t It A Pity from George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass LP and Quaid stepped in for Run Thru and again during the encore for One Big Holiday. There was no shortage of covers, with Rocket Man (Elton John), Makes No Difference (The Band) and Careless Whisper (Wham!) making it onto the setlist. The Bear and one of my new favorites, Cobra, made an appearance as well. See the full setlist below and follow this link to watch a complete video of Saturday’s set.


In addition to providing long-time fans a dream set on Saturday evening, first time headliners and Louisville natives, My Morning Jacket curated much of this year’s festival. Mixing a collection of local Kentucky bands with larger acts such as Wilco, Clutch, Dr. Dog and Sleigh Bells, MMJ’s curation skills seem to be on point. In the spirit of their curatorial debut, MMJ continued their Spontaneous Curation Series for the Forecastle set, calling on fans to tweet song requests.


My Morning Jacket is no stranger to the environmental justice scene, supporting causes such as the U.S. Lacey Act and choosing philanthropic partners for this year’s Forecastle Festival. Over the weekend, MMJ member Jim James was spotted hanging with the Sustainable Living Roadshow crew, and Sunday evening James and bandmate Carl Broemel stepped out on stage with eco-minded musician Ben Sollee. Throughout their summer tour, MMJ will be donating a portion of ticket proceeds to various local environmental and social justice groups, including the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance and 826DC.

In the face of high summer temperatures and a rain-delay thunderstorm on Saturday, Forecastle and new partner AC Entertainment, managed to provide a superb festival experience. From a great selection of acts to easily accessible amenities, Forecastle ranks high on my list of summer festival experiences. For this festival veteran, Forecastle just made it easy to enjoy the music. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year.

To see more images from Forecastle head over to Green Up Music’s Facebook page.

Set: THE DARK, BLACK METAL (w/ Preservation Jazz Hall), WORDLESS CHORUS, I’M AMAZED, ANYTIME, IT BEATS 4 U, STEAM ENGINE, ISNT IT A PITY (George Harrison Cover. w/ Dean Wareham), OUTTA MY SYSTEM, MAHGEETAH, ROCKET MAN (Elton John Cover), THE BEAR, COBRA, RUN THRU (w/ Johnny Quaid), MAKES NO DIFFERENCE ( The Band cover w/ Clint from PJHB on Sax Solos), SMOKIN FROM SHOOTIN, TOUCH ME PT.2, GIDEON (w/ Andrew Bird on violin)

Encore: VICTORY DANCE, CIRCUITAL, CARELESS WHISPER (Wham! Cover), ONE BIG HOLIDAY (w/ Johnny Quaid & the Squallis Puppeteers)

[via MMJ Forum]

Image Credits: James Holt (Header) and Karen MacKay


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