ON THE ROAD WITH SCOTT PREVIEW #1
FORECASTLE FESTIVAL JULY 18-20 IN LOUISVILLE. Believe it or not, me and my buddy Mike Graves will be reporting as working press for WUKY.ORG. I will be posting semi-regularly on the site leading up to the BIG EVENT. Mike and I have seen many shows together - Stones, second row in Durham, KD Lang first row in Cincy, Allison Krauss and Union Station about 10 rows back in Rupp, Randy Newman third row center at Opera House to name a few. But this will be the Mike&Scottpalooza!
Here is Post #1:
In 1968, I saw my first concert with my parents at the Kentucky State Fair: Johnny Cash. Since 1975 I have been a regular habitué of The Ville's music scene: KISS in 1976, Led Zeppelin in 1977, Peter Frampton in 1978, Allman Brothers in 1979, Frank Zappa in 1980, The Stones in 1981, The Who in 1982 (and 1987, and 2013), The Kinks in 1982, Slint in 1989, Uncle Tupelo in 1990, The Grateful Dead in 1989 (1990 and 1993), Antietam in 1995, AC/DC in 1996, The Moody Blues in 1998, Sonic Youth in 1999, Yo La Tengo in 2007 (and 2012), The Boss in 2004 (and 1984, 1992, and 2009), Bob Dylan in 2005, Wilco in 2007, Lyle Lovett in 2007, My Morning Jacket in 2010 to open Yum, Elton John in 2011, Calexico in 2012, and John Prine too many times to count (20+).
Not a bad history of one man's rocknroll career in The River City, with Freedom Hall and The Gardens in the 70s and 80s, The Palace and Headliners in the 90s, Center of the Arts in the 00s, and Yum Center in the last few years . . . we have had great venues, great local bands, and the best touring bands. But other than the great three bands for one GA ticket in the 70s (think Manfred Mann & His Earth Band, Journey pre-Perry when they were great, and Boston on their first big US tour) and the short-lived Kentucky Bluegrass Festival, you had no Kentucky options for THE BIG MULTI-DAY FESITVAL.
Until a few years ago when we were gifted with Forecastle on the banks of the Ohio. Thunder is a minor shower compared to the storm of great music that is just a few hours from Paducah to Pikeville. We have arrived!!
And, your correspondent, Scott "The Cyclone" White, will be there for all three days providing reports, anecdotes, live and backstage photos and interviews . . . I'll even risk the confiscation of my beloved iPad to get you a few snaps of Jack "Dr. Detroit" White shredding on Just One Drink from "Lazaretto."
In the next three weeks I will put up a post right here on wuky.org on each day of Forecastle. You can compare my planned schedule to yours. I may be old in body, but I'm already planning to take in Slint, Outkast, Gary Clark, Jr., Jason Isbell, Selulah, Jenny Lewis and The Replacements. SHAZZAM!
Here's the just announced schedule so you can plot your adventure of sound and time:
Buy your ticket... TICKETS... Organize the gang. Read Louisville's own Hunter Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" to get your vibe set, and meet me at the falls of the Ohio on June 18! If you can't make it, or are too square to make the effort fearing your boss may see you on the news, then stay tuned to our on-site reporting.
In the wise and prescient words of the Late Great Joe Strummer "the future is unwritten"!
Yours in weirdness,
The Cyclone, a Kickass Kentuckian