2013 Forecastle GAW Coverage

It’s that time of year where GAW heads out to the 2013 Forecastle Festival.

Hippies, drunks and shambles descended onto to the Louisville Waterfront for this year’s festival and GAW brought a crew of respectable journalists.

This year’s crew included:

1. Myself

2. Leah 

3. Palmtree (She tall!)

4. Morgan. 

5. Bae 

Though the lineup this year didn’t excite me as much as last year, I will say that I was pleasantly surprised by a few acts. Houndmouth put on a very impressive show. (The band also rocked the Bell of Louisville as My Morning Jacket did last year.)

Big Boi was somewhat of a disappointment. Though his setlist was enjoyable, evidently he’s suffered a knee injury and had to perform sitting in some golden chair fit for a emperor. He really could have hyped up the crowd more had he not been stationary the whole show.

Old Crow Medicine Show always put on a decent show. As with any OCMS performance, you can expect good tunes and high-energy entertainment. And at one point in the show I had to explain to Palmtree the difference  between a Bass and a Cello.

And that sums up day one.

Dawes put on a very impressive set turning Leah into a fan. (Nod to Liberal Hussy, who’s been raving about this particular band for quite sometime.)

Alabama Shakes performed to a more laid-back crowd on a smaller stage by Joe’s Crab Shack.

I managed to catch a portion of Matt and Kim’s performance on the Red Bull Stage. This high-energy band hyped up the crowd and I was pleased to hear their song “Daylight.” It was the boost I needed.

Then there’s my main man Jim James, arguably the only reason I attended this year’s event. He opened up with the lead single from his debut solo album, “State of the Art, (AEIOU)”. Check out a stellar performance of this song on the Late Show here. And he didn’t let down the My Morning Jacket fans, by playing “Wonderful,” from the Circuital album. But it was his closing cover of the Beatles “Let it Be” that blew all away in attendance. (I’ve looked through a few set-lists and I do believe this is the first he’s ever performed this.)

The Black Keys will never disappoint a crowd. To me, the Keys always have a great setlist. Perhaps I’m just a fan, but I believe they’ve got a great mix of songs. They know what songs the crowd wants to hear. Howling for You is my personal favorite songs to hear live.

And that sums up day two.

I wasn’t really able to catch much of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals or Robert Plant, due to the heat and rain, but I will say that if you ever get the chance to catch a Robert Plant show, do it.

Stoop, Palmtree and myself headed over to the Red Bull stage and caught an amazing show by Baauer. (This is the guy behind all those Harlem Shake videos Goliath loves so dearly.) His set was fueled by southern hip hop samples such as 2chainz and great mix of tracks that kept the crowd dancing. And yes, he played Harlem Shake. (See video below.)

After the Baauer show, the three of us then started a dance party out on the lawn. It started with the three of us and ended with around 15 folks joining in the groove.

Datsik, who filled in when Animal Collective was cancelled, put on a great show in which Palmtree decided to go dance with a random person I immediately labeled her “boo.”  (See video below.)

The last performance of the event was The Avett Brothers. After sneaking some friends in with our exclusive GAW press credentials we were able to catch a truly moving show. After performing one of my favorites “Kick Drum Heart” the band closed with “I and Love and You.” A great show to close out a truly great 2013 Forecastle Festival.