Forecastle wasn't kidding when they said that this year's headliners are the biggest ever. At the moment, I'm only jazzed about one of the four bands announced: the Black Crowes. Seen them before and they put on a heckuva show. (I'm sure Roommate is hoping Chris Robinson's on-again-off-again sweetie, Kate Hudson, is "on-again" enough to attend.)
As evidenced by my Bonnaroo reporting, Mama is allergic to jam bands, but I'm sure Widespread Panic fans all around the Midwest are hula-ing a little hoop and hackeying a little sack in celebration.
Here's the announcement:
Widespread Panic are an Athens, GA-based progressive, psychedelic, blues / rock jam band, world-renowned for their live performances. One of top-grossing touring artists of the past two decades, they will headline two nights at Forecastle, one of only three festival appearances this summer.
The Black Crowes are a Southern rock supergroup that have sold over 20 million albums. The band is led by legendary musicians and brothers, Chris and Rich Robinson. They have toured with Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who, AC/DC, The Grateful Dead, Neil Young, and countless more.
The Black Keys are an indie rock powerhouse enjoying sold-out tours and honors from Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork Media, and many others. Considered "One of the Top Artists to Watch", they have toured with Radiohead and Pearl Jam, along with appearances at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and other major festivals.
The Avett Brothers are a high-energy, highly-praised trio combining folk, bluegrass, country, punk, pop, folk, rock, honky tonk and ragtime. In the past year, they have become the poster children of a new and rapidly growing genre of American music. Their upcoming album is produced by Rick Rubin (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, U2, Shakira) and will be released on Columbia Records this summer.