We arrived in the middle of downtown Louisville for day 2 of the 7th annual Forecastle Festival to discover that there were only about 200 people milling around Belvedere Park. We walked around, started exploring, and within ten minutes spotted the Disco Biscuits walking around doing the same thing we were. I wanted to say something but pretty much wussed out and barely mustered up the courage to akwardly nod to the Barber and mumble "what's up" to Brownstein as we walked past each other. Maybe next time I'll try for a high five.
Anyways, there was definitely one thing that set Forecastle apart from other festivals. At most festivals there are a few non-profit booths, but the festival itself is actually way more geared towards getting you to buy their $4 bottles of water than getting you to support local farming in your daily life. What makes Forecastle different is that the festival is legitimately and genuinely focused on promoting activism and actually getting patrons to support local economies. Not only did they give the vending spots to non-profits and artists instead of food vendors (although they could have used a smoothie booth if you ask me), but they were giving away the bottles of water for free!
After exploring for a while we walked to the stage to catch Tortoise. This was my second time seeing Tortoise and I have to say, I wasn't that impressed. Most of the set was pretty boring, but it wasn't all bad. I gradually became more and more entertained as the set went on and definitely took notice of percussionist/multi-instrumentalist John McEntire. But overall, the set lacked in a lot of ways.
I didn't know what to expect from DJ Z-Trip but I ended up having a great time getting down to the mash-ups between Guns 'n' Roses, Nirvana, Michael Jackson, Queen, a little hip-hop, and of course, Journey. It was almost like he was spinning a greatest hits album from every white person's wedding I've ever been to. Let's be honest though. I was there to see the Disco Biscuits.
Barber pwning Louisville. Photo credit: Backseat Sandbar
After killer sets at Bonnaroo, Rothbury, and Camp Bisco, not to mention the night before at DFest in Oklahoma, I was afraid that the momentum the Biscuits had been building might not be sustainable. Fortunately for the city of Louisville, after taking the stage fashionably late the Disco Biscuits played a killer set. For those of you who didn't get the memo, the Disco Biscuits tore it up in 2008 and you missed it, because now they won't be playing again until December. Check out this clip of the group closing out an epic couple months with my new favorite version of "Run Like Hell".
Set: Caves of the East> Kitchen Mitts, Morph Dusseldorf> Cyclone> Shem-Rah Boo1> Morph Dusseldorf, Papercut> Run Like Hell