Forecastle Day 1 was just about perfect. We kicked it off with a band from Charleston, SC called The Artisanals. Their bio says they evoke Springsteen by way of My Morning Jacket, which sums them up nicely. They also have charisma to spare. During their last song, the singer and lead guitar player came into the crowd to jam. After they finished, the singer gave hugs to every fan there. It was a rock and roll love fest. 🎵
Next up was Philly's own Hop Along. This band is loved by hipsters and critics alike. Their sound is weird and angular and obtuse and cool. By the end of their set, I was totally in love with them, which I guess means I must be a hipster or a critic. 🎵
After Hop Along, we went over to see Lucius. Jess and Holly are incredible singers, they harmonize beautifully. Their set included some interesting cover choices, including Gerry Rafferty, Prince, and I think I remember hearing a song by Haim. 🎵
Julia Jacklin is a young singer songwriter from Australia. Her mesmerizing set in the shade of the Port Stage was exactly perfect. Half way through I noticed Jess and Holly from Lucius sidestage watching her set. 🎵
After an extended visit to the Bourbon Lodge, we watched a crazy, heavy set from Portugal, The Man. Their set opened with a video tribute from Bevis and Butthead, then the band commenced to head banging. I was only familiar with their radio hits, so I wasn't expecting a Metallica-like rager. But the bass player was wearing a Pantera tshirt, and the band members took turns guzzling Jameson straight from the bottle, so I guess it made sense. 🎵
Following another delightful visit to the Bourbon Lodge, we finished the night with the Killers. Man, those guys are pros. Brandon Flowers is a gifted singer and engaging frontman. And their catalog is deeeeeeep. Half way through, they invited the drummer and bass player from local rock band White Reaper to join them. Also, they did a wonderful tribute to Tom Petty, covering American Girl.