LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With a colorful day-glo backdrop and equally colorful setlist sandwiched by hits from the 1996 classic album Odelay, Beck gave the 2014 Forecastle Festival a head-bobbing, foot shuffling performance to close the three-day-long, four-stage concert.
Bouncing around through his array of material from the past two decades, the alt-rock pioneer borrowed bits from others as well, including Michael Jackson's Billie Jean smashed into I Think I'm in Love and the Humpty Dance buried into encore closer Where It's At, giving a thorough showcase of playful music and professional showmanship.
Sunday was the only day over the weekend where the sun came out for much time, and it set a nice backdrop for Brett Dennen's melodic crooning mid-afternoon, reminding all that this was indeed a summer festival.
The area under Interstate 64 became a gridlock of foot traffic that morphed into a massive dance session for the Tune-Yards, looping vocals over beats with a fitting No Water in the Water Fountain amidst the splashing water of the park.
That performance was wedged in between more traditional electronic dance music from Claude Vonstroke and Flume.
As the guitars of The Replacements buzzed on the Mast Stage, Ray LaMontagne sung his heart out across the bridge on the Boom Stage into sunset.
As nightfall spread across the park, those still standing from the three days of wall-to-wall music gathered for Beck, who opened with Devil's Haircut and delivered a set that was also heavy with selections from 2005's Guero, among them E-Pro, Black Tambourine and Girl.
Festival promoters promised a larger-than-ever show this year, and the three headliners, capped Friday night by Outkast and Saturday by Jack White, certainly delivered on that promise, setting the stage for next July and an even higher bar to overcome for the event that started in 2002 with local acts in Tyler Park.
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