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    We are fortunate enough here in Louisville to have a lot of musical talent across a broad spectrum of genres, and if you find it hard to keep up with the scene, then the July 9-11 Forecastle Festival at the Waterfront will give you a grand opportunity to catch up with many of our best local bands.  

    LEO Weekly, SonaBLAST! Records, and Heine Brothers Coffee present Bluegrass Catastrophe, which will feature bands with local roots over the three-days at the North Stage of Forecastle. As Leo's Music Editor Mat Herron says, “Many of these artists have cut their teeth for years and gone on to achieve regional, national and even international recognition."

    Below I've highlighted some of the headliners, along with a bit of trivia and some video.

    Paul K. & the Weathermen
    (9 p.m., 7/11): Songwriter Paul Kopasz is the subject of the forthcoming documentary, A Wilderness of Mirrors, that features more than 100 hours of footage and live interviews, including Glenn Kotche of Wilco and drummer Tim Welch. Kopasz is officially retiring  the Weathermen name after the Forecastle performance. He is a long-time fixture of the Lexington and Louisville music scene with his dark, bluesy songs.

    Frontier(s) (8:40 p.m., 7/10) Singer and guitarist Chris Higdon, formerly of Falling Forward, plays punk-tinged rock and also runs Kriech-Higdon Photography with wife Jessie.

    Arnett Hollow (9 p.m., 7/9) The accomplished musicians of Arnett Hollow have a contemporary bluegrass sound. Guitarists David Chandler and Chris Rodahaffer and drummer Rob Edwards all taught music lessons at Mom’s Music.

    The Ravenna Colt (8 p.m., 7/11) Founding My Morning Jacket member Johnny Quaid (The Tennessee Fire, At Dawn, It Still Moves) fronts this folk-rock band and co-owns the Removador Recordings and Solutions label with Yim Yames (aka, MMJ's Jim James). See the video at the end for a little sample.  

    Parlour (7 p.m., 7/11): Led by Tim Furnish, Parlour’s instrumental prowess has earned them slots at SXSW, WRFL's Boomslang Fest in Lexington, and Forecastle. The band recently completed work on a new album that will be released this October on Temporary Residence, the tastemaking Brooklyn indie run by Louisville native Jeremy DeVine.

    The Pass (5 p.m. 7/11): A new signee on the New York/Louisville label SonaBLAST! Records (, The Pass saw its single, “Crosswalk Stereo,” net 10,000 downloads earlier this year.

    Also appearing on the North Stage:

    Brett Eugene Ralph’s Kentucky Chrome Revue
    The Children
    The Fervor
    The Commonwealth
    Whistle Peak
    Maiden Radio
    23-String Band
    Straight A’s
    Scanners (Dr. Gonzo & Nacirema)
    The Deloreans
    The Broken Spurs
    Six White Horses
    Nerves Jr.
    Your News Vehicles

    For details on all the local bands appearing on the North Stage, check out Forecastle’s schedule page and band notes on the Lineup page.
    Ticket options and the various special packages available can be viewed on the Forecastle site as well.

    The Ravenna Colt at Zanzabar

    Paul K.
    and the Weathermen

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    About Selena Frye

    I'm a writer and editor living in Louisville since 1996. I'm originally from the Blue Ridge of Virginia.

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