LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Christmas arrived early for Forecastle fans, as the festival dropped its lineup Tuesday.
The announcement came more than seven months before the amplifiers are fired up for the summer music, arts and activism festival, and provides something warm to think about nearly two weeks before the official start of winter.
The 2016 Forecastle lineup again runs heavy with roots and indie music. Topping the lineup is The Avett Brothers, along with Alabama Shakes, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams and pioneers of modern indie-pop Death Cab For Cutie.
Louisville music-teacher-by-day and microphone-slayer-by-night 1200 is also featured on the initial bill.
Rounding out the top of the lineup are Walk The Moon, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Grouplove and Dr. Dog, as well as futuristic-miminalist-meets-electro-pop duo, Sylvan Esso.
On the undercard of the Forecastle lineup, matching the Alabama Shakes vibe, are gospel singer Liz Vice and blues rocker Gary Clark Jr.
Clark is one of a handful of Lone Star acts set to play next July hailing from Austin, including Shakey Graves and White Denim, whose well-chosen band name illustrates their Haight-era San Francisco meets Converse-era Seattle sound.
Music City also helps stack the Forecastle bill. Moon Taxi just played a sold-out show at Headliners and will make the return trip from Nashville along with R&B singer Anderson East, alt-rock outfit Bully and hard rockers All Them Witches, who recently played Louder than Life and will be at Zanzabar on Jan. 13.
Big Gigantic will bring electro-sax jam, while Washed Out and Phosphorescent will bring moments where hipsters and ravers can hug it out.
Other noteworthy mentions on the initial Forecastle lineup for 2016 include Steve Gunn, who previously played guitar for Kurt Vile & the Violators, and Canadian rapper Jazz Cartier. An early taste of the undercard will roll into Headliners on April 3, when Columbus, Ohio, folk group Saintseneca takes the stage.
Forecastle is July 15-17 at Waterfront Park. A limited number of early-bird tickets were still on sale as of this writing. The complete, initial schedule is below:
The Avett Brothers
Death Cab For Cutie
Walk The Moon
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Gary Clark Jr.
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Femi Kuti & Positive Force
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Teddy Abrams and Friends
All Them Witches
Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear
Black Pistol Fire