Forecastle 2019 Preview

Louisville’s Waterfront Park welcomes Forecastle, Friday-Sunday, July 12th-14th:...

Forecastle 2019 Preview


Louisville’s Waterfront Park welcomes Forecastle, Friday-Sunday, July 12th-14th:



Mast Stage

The Killers, 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM

The Killers (QRO photos) broke out of their Las Vegas home in 2004 with debut Hot Fuss and great singles “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside” – and have failed to match that since. 2006’s attempt at greatness Sam’s Town didn’t make it, and after 2008’s middling Day & Age (QRO review) singer Brandon Flowers went solo for his own middling work. But the group has since come back (QRO photos) with 2012’s Battle Born (QRO review) and 2017’s Wonderful Wonderful (QRO review) – and they still play Hot Fuss live (QRO live review).
The Killers
Portugal. The Man, 7:15 PM – 8:30 PM

Forecastle draws from very farther up north with Alaska’s Portugal. The Man (QRO photos at a festival). The rambling grunge outfit garnered new fans with 2007 sophomore release Church Mouth (QRO review), and its unhinged alt-rock (QRO live review), though slipped somewhat since then, even while finally playing Europe (QRO photos at a European festival) and becoming a festival favorite (QRO photos at a festival). Their major label debut In the Mountain In the Cloud (QRO review) was more psych-lite, but they still bring it live (QRO live review), and even went Down Under (QRO photos at a festival) after 2013’s release of follow-up Evil Friends (QRO review), hitting both the festival circuit (QRO photos at a 2013 festival) and live gigs (QRO 2013 live review). They come to Forecastle (QRO photos at a festival) touring 2017’s hit Woodstock (QRO review), which has vaunted them in popularity (QRO photos at a 2018 festival) thanks to big hit, “Feel It Still”.
Portugal. The Man
Cold War Kids, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

After a string of EPs, Fullerton, California’s Cold War Kids (QRO photos) blew up in 2006 with their full-length debut, Robbers & Cowards. While 2008’s Loyalty to Loyalty (QRO review) suffered something of a sophomore slump, 2011’s Mine Is Yours (QRO review) 2013’s Miss Lonelyhearts (QRO review), 2014’s Hold My Home (QRO review), and 2017’s L.A. Divine (QRO review) lifted things somewhat, and their live show (QRO live review) is still electric, especially outside (QRO live review outdoors) or at festivals (QRO photos at a festival), as they still ring with singles (QRO photos), from the more recent “Love Is Mystical” and “Audience” (QRO video) to their break-outs “We Used To Vacation”, “Hospital Beds” (QRO video), and “Hang Me Out To Dry” (QRO video).
Cold War Kids
Hop Along, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

From the folk-rock side of the City of Brotherly Love is Hop Along (QRO photos at a festival).

Hop Along

Boom Stage

Judah & The Lion, 8:15 PM – 9:30 PM

The “Banjo-booty-poppin music” of Judah & The Lion (QRO photos) comes back to Forecastle for their second time in three years.
 Judah & The Lion
Chromeo, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

There are combos and then there are combos: Montreal’s Chromeo (QRO live review) are the electro-funk duo of Dave 1 (David Macklovitch) and P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel) has been best friends since childhood (QRO live review), billing themselves as, “The only successful Arab/Jewish collaboration since the beginning of time” (but what is their stance on Québécois independence?…). And their electronica works outdoors (QRO photos outdoors), day or night (QRO live review), even at a festival (QRO photos at a festival). They come to Forecastle (QRO photos at a festival) with their great show (QRO live review), off of this year’s Head Over Heels (QRO review).
Lucius, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

The New York Times once described Lucius (QRO photos outdoors) as “The next Feist” – even if you don’t believe everything The Grey Lady says, be sure to check them out as they come to Forecastle (QRO photos at a festival), behind last year’s Nudes.

The Band Camino, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PMQRO photos

The Mattson 2, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

The Band Camino

Ocean Stage

JUNGLE, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Catch the modern-soul London music collective JUNGLE (QRO live review), who bring “mid-tempo 1970s funk” intermixed with “tropical percussion, wildlife noises, falsetto yelps, psychedelic washes and badoinking bass.”
Snakehips, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Oliver Lee and James Carter made their Snakehips name doing Hype Machine remixes of everyone from Banks to The Weeknd, but found their own hit single in 2015’s “All My Friends”.

The Midnight, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Leikeli47, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Spazz Cardigan, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM


WFPK Port Stage

Liz Cooper & The Stampede, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Nashville’s Liz Cooper & The Stampede (QRO spotlight on) bring a propulsive rhythm that feels so good. They play Forecastle (QRO photos at a festival) behind last year’s debut full-length, Window Flowers.
Liz Cooper & The Stampede

Julia Jacklin, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PMQRO photos at a festival

Grlwood, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

The Artisanals, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Julia Jacklin

Party Cove

Hi-Def, 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM

Wavytheking, 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Glittertitz, 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Pretty Girls Play Trap Music, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

DJ Samosa, 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

LB3, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM




Mast Stage

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, 9:45 PM – 11:00 PM

Pretty quickly, Brandon Park Anderson became Anderson .Paak (QRO photos at a festival), and with his band The Free Nationals (QRO photos at a festival), has gotten major notice with his soul-funk styles (including Paak playing drums and dancing in the pit – though not at the same time…). He comes to Forecastle on his biggest tour yet, behind this year’s Ventura.
Anderson .Paak
Maggie Rogers, 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM

Maryland’s Maggie Rogers (QRO photos at a festival) broke out when her single “Alaska” was played to Pharrell Williams at an NYU master class. She’s since become a big name in her own right (QRO photos) with this year’s full-length debut Heard It In a Past Life, and has been playing bigger & bigger stages (QRO photos at a festival).
 Maggie Rogers
MOON TAXI, 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM

MOON TAXI (QRO photos at a festival) cross the dashed lines between indie, jam, progressive, and rock as they come to Forecastle (QRO photos at a festival).
Moon Taxi

Smino, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

PJ Morton, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM


Boom Stage

Midland, 8:45 PM – 10:00 PM

From the Midlands of Texas comes Midland, a fashionable neo-country band with a serious “Drinkin’ Problem”.
Nelly, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Nelly is more than just a chart-topping, Grammy-winning rapper. The man who told us it was “Hot In Herre” and to cool down with some “Pimp Juice” has his own clothing lines & more, and is one of the top five best-selling rappers in American history.
Cautious Clay, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

The newest breakout hip-hop/R&B star – with the greatest name since Nipsey Hussle – is Cautious Clay (QRO photos at a festival).
Cautious Clay
CAAMP, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Ohio’s CAAMP make beautiful folk music.

Penny and Sparrow, 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Penny and Sparrow

Ocean Stage

Playboi Carti, 8:45 PM – 9:45 PM

Atlanta’s Playboi Carti does everything from rapping to modeling, and comes to Forecastle (QRO photos at a festival) behind last year’s debut, Die Lit.
Playboi Carti
Big Wild, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

After a trip to Big Sur in California, Boston DJ Jackson Stell became Big Wild.
Big Wild

Chelsea Cutler, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

The Marias, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PMQRO photos at a festival

Bblasian, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

The Marias

WFPK Port Stage

Teddy Abrams & Friends, 7:45 PM – 9:00 PM

Teddy Abrams, the director of the Louisville Orchestra, returns for his second year in a row at Forecastle, now with Friends.
Teddy Abrams

Israel Nash, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Nightly, 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

H.A.R.D., 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Hannah Dasher, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Israel Nash

Party Cove

Sam Sneed, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

OK Deejays, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Platinum with 2026, 5:45 PM – 6:30 PM

The Family Blieden, 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

DJ Z-Nyce, 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Haematic, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Sam Sneed

OK Deejays




Mast Stage

The Avett Brothers, 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM

One of the bigger – and better – hits of today’s Americana (QRO photos at a festival), The Avett Brothers (QRO photos at a festival) won a wide audience with 2009’s fine country of I and Love and You (QRO review), including playing on The Grammys with Bob Dylan, and followed that up in 2012 with The Carpenter (QRO review). 2016’s True Sadness (QRO review) did sort of show a limit to their ability, but their country will be great in their return to Forecastle (QRO photos at a festival), as they play in the run-up to the anticipated tenth album.
The Avett Brothers
Tyler Childers, 7:15 PM – 8:30 PM

For the second year in a row, Kentucky’s own Tyler Childers (QRO photos at a festival) plays Forecastle, behind his 2017 debut, Purgatory.
Tyler Childers
Dawes, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

The up-and-coming Americana indie outfit (QRO photos) that’s come up, Dawes (QRO photos at a festival) hail from Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon (QRO photos outdoors), out last year with fifth release Passwords. They come to Forecastle (QRO photos at a festival) after having also served as opener & backing band for Conor Oberst (QRO photos together at a festival).
Johnnyswim, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Nashville soul-folk duo Johnnyswim come just north to Kentucky behind this year’s Moonlight.
Sunflower Bean, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

In the last few years, New York’s Sunflower Bean (QRO photos) has been turning critical & popular heads, thanks to records Human Ceremony and Twentytwo in Blue.

Sunflower Bean

Boom Stage

CHVRCHES, 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM

Scottish electro-pop outfit CHVRCHES (QRO live review) have gotten very big very fast (QRO photos at a festival), before & after the release of debut full-length The Bones of What You Believe (QRO review) – but are fronted by the tiny Lauren Mayberry (QRO photos at a festival) and some giant lights. They successfully followed up Bones with 2015’s Every Open Eye (QRO review), with Love Is Dead (QRO review) out last year, and now come to Forecastle.
Andrew Bird, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Chicago multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird (QRO live review) plays everything from guitar to whistle, but is best known for his impressive violin work (QRO photos), which manages to be both timely and timeless (QRO photos) on such albums as Armchair Apocrypha (QRO review) and more, up to this year’s humble My Finest Work Yet (QRO review). Bird (QRO photos) is a great addition for a festival (QRO photos outdoors), or anything else: he even did the whistling in The Muppets.
Andrew Bird
Anderson East, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

From Alabama & Nashville, Michael Cameron Anderson, a.k.a. Anderson East (QRO photos at a festival), comes to Forecastle behind last year’s sophomore full-length, Encore.
Anderson East

Mt. Joy, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Erin Rae, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Mt. Joy

Ocean Stage

Lettuce, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Get funky with Boston’s many-membered Lettuce (QRO photos at a festival).
Whethan, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Chicago DJ/producer Whethan (QRO spotlight on) got recognition when his remix of “XE3” garnered over eight million plays on SoundCloud.
Denzel Curry, 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM

Florida’s Denzel Curry (QRO photos) first got attention from SpaceGhostPurrp, and comes to Forecastle behind last year’s Ta13oo.
Denzel Curry
Yungblud, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Though he first got notice for dating pop star Halsey and releasing single “11 Minutes” with her and Blink-182’s Travis Barker, Doncaster’s Dominic Harrison has since made his own name as Yungblud.


Evan Giia, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM


WFPK Port Stage

Boa, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Ruen Brothers, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Carly Johnson, 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Bendigo Fletcher, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Ruen Brothers

Party Cove

Glittertitz, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Ovoog with DJ Getwright, 5:45 PM – 6:30 PM

Haematic, 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Hi-Def, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

OK Deejays, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

OK Deejays