After-partying at Against The Grain
I woke up Sunday morning feeling much better than the day before, so I was anxious to get the ball rolling for Forecastle‘s final day of festivities. After enjoying a nice breakfast at Nancy’s Bagel Grounds, we headed to Waterfront Park. Thus far, this has already been the most memorable Forecastle offering yet; please, don’t let day three be a let down, because I can’t handle it!
WARNING: Even more shitty pictures ahead; if you want professional photography, go here.  Also, if I didn’t mention your favorite band, sorry, I only have one functioning body to experience these kinds of things with.  You understand, right?

Lucius plays at the Mast Stage

To get things started at the third and final day of Forecastle, we watched Lucius at the main stage. They provided the perfect example of a band that sounds better live than on their records. I do like their latest effort Wildewoman, but their energetic performance was much bigger and more fun than any of the recorded tracks I’ve heard. The duel vocals from front-women Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig were on point, as were their goofy outfits. 

I can only hope this song from Jenny Lewis is about Super Mario 3
Next, we watched Jenny Lewis. I’m not a huge fan of hers, but I had a great time watching her play.  This was another example of an artist outperforming their recorded material.  I’m not saying her records are terrible, but her performance was incredibly fun and more infectious than anything I’d heard on her albums, including her stuff with Rilo Kiley.  Plus it was a nice bonus when I realized that I was watching Fred Savage‘s love interest from the 1989 movie “The Wizard.” 

Sun Kil Moon even looks boring!
To me, Sun Kil Moon had the most disappointing performance of the weekend, which sucks because I really like almost everything Mark Kozelek has been a part of, including Sun Kil Moon, and especially Red House Painters. Maybe it was the setting, maybe it was the weather, or maybe it was just me being in the wrong mood. But his effort bored me to the point of walking away less than halfway through his set. There were a ton of other people into it, so maybe it was just me being the turd in the punchbowl.

The Replacements joined by Billy Joe Armstrong
The Replacements were a fucking blast. Although they were pretty sloppy, they had this whole “I don’t really give a fuck” attitude; just the kind of attitude you’d expect and love from these guys. Before they played their first song, I immediately noticed that their second guitar player looked incredibly familiar. Turns out, that gentleman was none other than Green Day front man Billy Joe Armstrong. He and singer Paul Westerberg shared a mouth-to-mouth kiss at some point. That’s cool, I guess. Anyway, their set flew by way too fast. I wanted more, but whatever, they were pretty brilliant.
Beck absolutely killing it
Like Outkast two nights before, Beck brought a certain legitimacy to Forecastle that I hadn’t experienced in years past. It truly felt like a relevant big time event, and if you missed it, I feel for you. I really do. Beck absolutely blew the doors off of Forecastle in a way that only Beck could. His setlist included songs from just about every record he’s made, as well as a few goofy covers including Michael Jackson’s classic “Billy Jean.”  Check out this video taken by someone standing near me:

CLOSING STATEMENT: I can’t express how nice it is to have Forecastle happen in my backyard. In the past I’ve complained about the lackluster lineups, outrageous drink prices and smelly pseudo-hippies, but I’m officially over it. I had a great time from start to finish, whether it be watching bands or enjoying time with friends I don’t see often enough. I will always remember the last three days, and for that I thank the folks behind Louisville’s megafest. But how in the hell will they top this edition? The standard has officially been set, so next year has a lot to live up to. I’m confident there won’t be any backward steps, and can’t wait to hear rumors of the 2015 lineup.
See ya next year!