The Forecastle Festival – The nation’s premier event for music, art and environmental activism – has announced that My Morning Jacket will headline and assist in curating the festival’s 10th Anniversary. The 3-day event will take place July 13 – 15, 2012, at Louisville’s scenic, award-winning Waterfront Park.
My Morning Jacket, whose original members hail from Louisville and currently reside in the city, will headline Saturday night, and will collaborate with producers on festival sights, sounds and experiences, as well as charitable aspects of the event. Celebrating its tenth year, the festival will pay homage to its past, present, and future, while highlighting the best features of Louisville and Kentucky, in addition to Forecastle’s maritime theme.
“People have been waiting a long time for this moment,” said JK McKnight, Forecastle Founder and Director of National Partnerships for AC Entertainment. “The stars have aligned in such a way that not only allows My Morning Jacket to headline on Saturday night, but to collaborate on many aspects of the festival as well – from booking bands to choosing philanthropic partners – helping us craft the best Forecastle experience ever. There’s certainly no group I would rather share this moment with than them.”
Full festival details will be announced in the coming weeks, including a line up featuring additional headliners, and over 75 bands, performing across multiple stages. Separately ticketed late-night after-parties will also take place on the Belle of Louisville and at the newly renovated Ice House.
“Expect a few surprises,” said Jim James, lead singer of My Morning Jacket. “This is something we’ve wanted to play for a long time, and plan to make it very special. It’s a opportunity to show people what Louisville is all about, and why this is such a special city.”
Tickets will go on-sale January 27, including a limited quantity of specially priced, $100 weekend passes. Once this quantity is sold out, tickets will continue to be available at regular ticket prices. Travel packages will also be available, including accommodations at The Galt House – the festival’s official, waterfront hotel. For those who wish to dock up for the weekend, VIP “Captain’s Club” boat slips will also be available.
The event will mark the second partnership between The Forecastle Festival and AC Entertainment, producers of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Moogfest and more than 750 concerts and events throughout the country.
Forecastle, named one of the “Top 15 Festivals in the Country” by Outside Magazine, is held at Louisville’s scenic, 85-acre Waterfront Park. Since 2002, the Festival has featured over 450 bands, 100 visual artists, and 150 environmental and outdoor recreational organizations. Previous headlining artists including The Black Keys, The Flaming Lips, The Smashing Pumpkins, Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, Spoon, DEVO, Band of Horses, She & Him, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Tortoise, De La Soul, Sleater-Kinney, Big Boi, Girl Talk, Z-Trip, Umphrey’s McGee, and many more.
About The Forecastle Festival:
The Forecastle Festival is a port-of-call where the world gathers to experience the best in Music, Art and Activism®. A celebration of sights, sounds and sustainability, Forecastle connects travelers North, South, East and West. The goal is to establish a cultural entertainment medium- Music.Art.Activism®- equally showcased in a scenic, outdoor environment. Merging entertainment with education, Forecastle unites the creative and activism communities of the region, while building a new festival model in the United States. Forecastle will return for its 10th anniversary in the Summer 2012.
Spin Magazine – “Top 101Things to do in America”
Outside Magazine – “Top 15 Outdoor Festivals in the Country”
The Discovery Channel – “The Cream of the Crop of Summer Festivals”
About AC Entertainment:
AC Entertainment is recognized as one of the foremost independent promoters in the United States. Founded in 1991, the company presents, books and markets over 750 events per year, including internationally renowned festivals such as Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Moogfest and Big Ears. AC Entertainment is based in Knoxville, TN.
About My Morning Jacket
Louisville Kentucky’s very own My Morning Jacket released the first of their 6 albums in 1999 with their last two, 2008’s “Evil Urges” and 2011’s “Circuital” each receiving Grammy nominations. The band features Jim James(singer/songwriter, guitar), Tom Blankenship(bass), Patrick Hallahan(drums), Carl Broemel(guitar, pedal steel, saxophone, vox) and Bo Koster(keyboards, vox). My Morning Jacket has been well documented as one of the premier live bands touring worldwide and have played renowned venues such as Radio City Music Hall and Red Rocks Ampitheatre. They have collaborated with an eclectic array of artists ranging from The Boston Pops to The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. 2011 saw My Morning Jacket perform as headliners at major festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and the band recently closed out an exciting year with a triumphant return to Madison Square Garden in New York.
My Morning Jacket’s commitment to community and philanthropy has been exercised in donating $1 from every one of their tickets sold to locally-based non-profit organizations dedicated to education and environmental activism. In Louisville, the band has been honored to make contributions to both “The Center For Women & Families” and “Kentuckians For The Commonwealth.”