We had the opportunity to cover Forecastle Music Festival as press and boy was it hot, literally and figuratively speaking! Growing a large audience with several renowned bands playing the festival, with this year’s acts including The Avett Bros., String Cheese Incident, Old Crowe Medicine Show, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Shovels and Rope, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, and many more. With a brief evacuation on Saturday due to impending inclement weather that cleared up just in time for the lively and energetic acts of MONA and The Joy Formidable, there’s a vivid reason why SPIN and Outside Magazine, and Discovery Channel claim Forecastle is one of the top festivals to attend before you die.
Check out our pictures from Forecastle and discover who our top picks for the music acts to be on the lookout for!
1. Sarah Jorasz– With a talented, silky voice fronting her musical and songwriting style, she’s a definite one to watch.
2. Shovels & Rope– We saw this duo after hearing about their gritty, Southern rock dignified performance at Hangout that we missed (gasp!), which we will never make that mistake again. They take turns playing drums, harmonica, and guitar; what a combo!
3. MONA– This Nashville-based band whose members’ roots hail from Ohio and Bowling Green, Kentucky, are bringing rock back with enthused and energetic anthems that call one to chant and sing along.
4. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals– After hearing great things about Grace and her band’s performance; the hype lived up. Grace can jam, sing and play with the best of ’em, and her band is right along supporting her as only a great band can do along the way.
5. Robert Plant and the Sensational Shape Shifters– What can I say? Robert Plant can still sing and he does it well! His band is pretty good too- Plant is a living music legend. Enough said!
6. A Lion Named Roar– Kentucky native foursome have been compared to The Eagles and other harmonizing bands that have formed a well-known sound. These guys are on to big things. Take note and keep watch.
7. The Secret Sisters– This sister duo from Muscle Shoals, Alabama have stunning harmonies and they’re music is filled with 50s and 60s inspiring melodies.
Check out our slideshow of all the bands that played at Forecastle Music Festival 2013! Be sure to make plans to attend next year.
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