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Forecastle Founder Join forces with AC Entertainment. Forecastle resumes in 2012

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on February 10, 2011

Mayor Greg Fischer, J.K. McKnight and Ashley Capps

The Forecastle Festival – Louisville’s premier event for music, art and environmental activism – has forged a partnership with AC Entertainment, producers of The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Moogfest, Big Ears, and more than 750 concerts and events throughout the country.

In addition to the partnership, Forecastle Founder JK McKnight has joined AC Entertainment as Director of National Sponsorships. In his new role, McKnight will split time between Louisville and Knoxville, Tenn., the headquarters of AC Entertainment.

While the new relationship benefits Forecastle, it also promises future expansion in Louisville. One of the first joint endeavors will be to bring new event concepts to Louisville, as early as late summer. Details to be announced.

“AC Entertainment brings a wealth of experience and resources, and opens an exciting new chapter for Forecastle and for Louisville,” said McKnight, a Louisville native who has nurtured Forecastle from a small, community gathering to one of the largest events in the region. “This is big for us, but it’s bigger for Louisville. AC shares my vision and passion for creating breakthrough festivals and events. Together we’re going to create some amazing things, both here and abroad.”

“We’re very excited to welcome JK as a part of our team,” said Ashley Capps, AC Entertainment’s founder and president. “From the moment we met, it was clear that JK’s extraordinary vision and creativity were an ideal match for AC Entertainment. JK has created something very special here in Louisville and we’re looking forward to working together with him on Forecastle and more.”

“This partnership is great news for Louisville,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Music and arts are important to Louisville’s vitality, appeal, economic growth, and city branding. JK and Forecastle help represent Louisville’s creative, entrepreneurial, forward-thinking spirit. The new partnership with AC Entertainment recognizes and builds on that spirit.”

At a press conference held at the Galt House today, McKnight said the 10th Anniversary of The Forecastle Festival will be held in the summer of 2012 at Waterfront Park, with the 4th annual “Halfway to Forecastle” festival July 8 – 9, 2011, at a new downtown, indoor / outdoor venue to be announced shortly. The event will expand greatly upon the footprint of previous Halfways (usually hosted in the winter) while adding key elements of the summer festival. Halfway has grown significantly since its inception in 2008, selling out for three consecutive years, attracting fans from throughout the region, while continually upgrading to larger venues.

“With all the transitions taking place right now between here and Tennessee, we decided the best move was to take our time with Forecastle and make sure our vision is perfect,” McKnight said. “The 10th Anniversary is extremely important to me, and we need time to do it right. In the meantime, we’re planning a very unique, multi-day and multi-stage Halfway festival this July. I have every certainty that revelers will find it well worth the wait.”

Forecastle, named one the “Top 15 Festivals in the Country” by Outside Magazine, is held at Louisville’s 85-acre Waterfront Park. In addition to hundreds of artists and organizations who have participated throughout the years, the festival has featured past performances from The Smashing Pumpkins, The Flaming Lips, Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, DEVO, Cake, Spoon, The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, De La Soul, GZA, Girl Talk, Band of Horses, Sleater-Kinney, Bassnectar, Z-Trip, and more.

Bonnaroo, held over four days each June on a 700-acre site near Manchester, Tenn. – was named by Rolling Stone as one of the “50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll.” Many of the biggest names in entertainment have performed during the festival’s history, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Merle Haggard, the Police, Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews Band, and Louisville’s own My Morning Jacket. The 2010 lineup included Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, John Prine, Kings of Leon and dozens of other music and comedy acts.

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Headliners Music Hall presents Wanda Jackson

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on February 10, 2011
Wanda Jackson
(the queen of rockabilly)
with Dex Romweber Duo
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Thursday, March 24th at 8pm
Doors 7pm
Adv $17 / Dos $20
18 and over
Buy tickets early and online and be registered to win one of two prize packages that include a signed Wanda Jackson 45 and Lithograph.
Winner will be chosen on Friday, February 18
Tickets available at,
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On sale 2/11 @ 10am

When Wanda Jackson, the justly crowned Queen of Rockabilly, recorded “Let’s Have A Party,” a tune she made into a hit of her own in 1958 even after one-time boyfriend Elvis Presley had released a version of it, her delivery of the chorus wasn’t so much a suggestion as a command. As the title – and, more importantly, the contents — of her latest album, The Party Ain’t Over, indicates, this feisty septuagenarian artist is as galvanizing as ever. Jackson was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, honored with a long-time-coming, Early Influence accolade for her pivotal role in the evolution of popular music, especially where female artists were concerned. As a teenager in the mid-50s, the diminutive Jackson was the first woman to perform unadulterated rock and roll – and she one-upped the boys defining this new genre, Presley included, with her exhilaratingly forthright approach. The young Jackson, an Oklahoma native, came across as both gritty and glamorous; a playfully suggestive growl to her voice matched the daring, handmade outfits she wore, short skirts and fringed dresses that have inspired would-be bad girls for decades to come. A tireless touring artist for more than 50 years, Jackson continues to win over new, young fans, including guitarist-vocalist-White Stripes founder Jack White.
On this debut for Third Man/Nonesuch Records, produced and arranged by White at his Nashville studio, the spirited Jackson proves that brash rock and roll attitude need not have an age limit. Her trademark growl remains intact on rockers like “Rip It Up” and “Nervous Breakdown;” she opens the set with an echo-laden sneer on a rollicking version of “Shakin’ All Over” and ends it ten songs later with a plaintive take on Jimmie Rodgers’ “Yodel #6,” along the way gamely tackling country, gospel, densely worded Bob Dylan, and a little bit of Tin Pan Alley. Jackson and White are a remarkably simpatico pairing; their collaboration came together quickly, serendipitously. One of Jackson’s colleagues had originally approached White about doing a duet with Jackson for a proposed “Wanda and Friends” disc, but White demurred. Instead, he offered something better, inviting Jackson to cut a single with him for his Third Man label, and that swiftly led this kindred spirits to put together an entire album.