Forecastle Announces Bourbon Lodge™ Details!


Forecastle‘s latest announcement has us counting down the days until this summer in Louisville!

Today, Forecastle Festival announced the Bourbon Lodge™ will return for its 15-year anniversary, featuring a unique lineup of offerings and some new special additions.

Forecastle will offer a diverse collection of Kentucky Bourbon Trail brands in addition to its brand new Rarities Bar, which will offer unique, one-of-a-kind, limited releases hand-picked by Liquor Barn.

Returning to the festival will be its Bourbon Cares program, which pairs Bourbon Brands with Forecastle Foundation conservation partners to support Kentucky-based projects, as well as Liquor Barn’s Mixology Bar — your go-to destination for handcrafted cocktails by local mixologists. Not to mention the Liquor Barn-presented Fireside Chats, offering an intimate, living room setting for educational panels, speakers and demonstrations with industry experts, retailers, mixologists and master distillers.

Bourbon enthusiasts: check the full details at Forecastle’s website here!

Big Ears Reveals Film Programming Additions


Cinephiles, rejoice! Big Ears just added even more additions to the festival’s already stacked film programming lineup, and we are truly blown away.

For starters, the full 11-film retrospective, Jonathan Demme: Life is Performance / Performance is Life, is now available for festival goers to check out. The list includes mega-hits like The Silence of the Lambs and Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids, plus gems like Another Telepathic Thing and Rachel Getting Married. A handful of new films by Jem Cohen were added to the mix, including Instrument and Museum Hours, which are sure to be crowd pleasers.

Kevin Jerome Everson’s The Surface Below, a curated series of eight short films, will be screened during the festival weekend. Roger Beebe’s Films for One to Eight Projectors will be presented to viewers interested in an immersive audio/visual experience. Next up: Named one of the world’s top avant-garde filmmakers on Film Comment’s “Best of the Decade” list, Janie Geiser will join Big Ears for a program of recent short films, Double Vision. Flicker & Wow, an ongoing program of experimental cinema curated by Darren Hughes and Paul Harrill of The Public Cinema, will offer two separate events that highlight short films, plus a free, kid-friendly program of 16mm animated films.

Last but certainly not least, the North American premiere of newly restored Georges Rouquier film Farrebique will be screened in celebration of James Agee and the publication of his Complete Film Criticism by the University of Tennessee Press.

Join us next month on March 23-26 for an unforgettable festival weekend of sonic and cinematic excellence. Weekend Passes and Daily Tickets are available!

Forecastle Bourbon Lodge™ Details Coming Next Week!


Forecastle Festival has some serious Bourbon surprises in store, and all will be revealed next week! The festival’s 5th annual Bourbon Lodge™ will return with some special new additions in celebration of 15 years of Forecastle. Until then… don’t forget, you can snag your Bourbon Lodge™ membership early here!

Big Ears Reveals Detailed Concert Schedule!


Today, Big Ears Festival revealed its detailed concert schedule, featuring over 100+ performances across 4 days in Knoxville, March 23-26. Peep it here, and start planning your festival weekend in Knoxville. Don’t forget to create your own custom schedule and never miss a beat! Daily Tickets and Weekend Passes are on sale now, including VIP, Premier, and General Admission options. Stay tuned as the full scope of Big Ears continues to unfold including artist discussions, film screenings, secret shows, and so much more.