LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It's a proverb of fans who travel "on tour" with jam bands from town to town: Never miss a Sunday show.
Closing the Forecastle Festival's final night, Widespread Panic delivered on that can't-miss mindset in what was also the final show of their summer tour.
First headlining in 2009, the last year Forecastle was held on the Belvedere, the band's 2015 set was a retooled nod to that initial appearance.
"Chilly Water," "Love Tractor" and "Henry Parsons Died" all made connected returns, or course in a rearranged order.
It was "Love Tractor" that set up the most memorable moment in Sunday's set, a cover of the Doors' "Riders on the Storm."
The heavily touring band hadn't performed the dark classic since April 2011 in Birmingham, the night of a tornado outbreak. One has to wonder if it was a nod to those at Forecastle who rode out Friday's literal widespread panic: A Sam-Smith-canceling monster windstorm.
Before the sun set below the river behind the Mast Stage on Sunday, giving a lesson on how to do it your own way in rock 'n roll, was Modest Mouse.
Leader Isaac Brock did his best to stay cool in the heat: Ice cream-cone shorts. After teasing the jangling riff of "Satin in A Coffin," the band rolled through a short medley of songs before returning to a choice cut from 2004's indie-gem-turned-mainstream-smash, "Good News for People Who Love Bad News."
"Hold on, I forgot to play that with my thumb pick," Brock said after "Satin," before strumming out companion piece, "This Devil's Workday."
"Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" delved into a realm even more experimental than its album version, a high note for the whole weekend.
Elsewhere on Sunday, electronic-based multi-instrumentalist Robert DeLong sweated over his homemade video game joysticks-turned-synthesizers and drum kit, running from instrument to instrument on the Ocean Stage, delivering pitch-perfect pop vocals while demanding fans to give positive energy and get their faces painted.
The Lone Bellow closed their North American tour, shouting from the microphone, "This is our favorite city in the world!"
Their set started with a strong, electric kick before settling into a more acoustic vibe on the Boom Stage, while Jeff Tweedy kicked off acoustic before going electric on the Mast Stage in his project with son Spencer on drums.
Louisville up-and-comers Twin Limb and White Reaper took early turns on the loud-rocking WFPK Port Stage on Sunday, the latter getting a shout out from the band that followed, Diarrhea Planet, whose hardcore, punk-metal fury inspired a bona-fide Forecastle mosh pit.
After three days of countless art, food and bourbon options, 60 bands of music and one epic storm, all that was left for fans to do on Monday was to think ahead to 2016.