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My Morning Jacket to Headline Forecastle Festival in July

Louisville’s My Morning Jacket will headline the 10th annual Forecastle  Festival at Waterfront Park this summer. Early details of the festival have been released and the full lineup is expected to be named in the coming weeks.

On Tuesday, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Patrick Hallahan joined Mayor Greg Fischer and festival partners in unveiling details of July’s festival.

This is the first Forecastle since founder J.K. McKnight partnered with AC Entertainment, which also runs Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

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My Morning Jacket to Visit On Point

Three members of Louisville’s My Morning Jacket (Jim James, Tom Blankenship and Patrick Hallahan) will talk with Tom Ashbrook today on On Point.

WFPL will air the interview at 3:00 pm and it looks like it will be a Kentucky-centric show.

They’re a fixture on the indie rock circuit. Hippie shamans, more Radiohead than Doors, says Rolling Stone.

Now they’ve taken their act back home to Kentucky.

This hour On Point: we ask My Morning Jacket, can you really go home again?

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My Morning Jacket Announces It Will Play with Louisville Youth Orchestra

The Louisville-based band My Morning Jacket announced today it will perform at the new KFC Yum! Center this fall. My Morning Jacket will perform at the new arena Oct. 29 with the Louisville Youth Orchestra, with some of the proceeds going to the organization.

The band made the announcement at ear X-tacy along with leaders from the youth orchestra.

Lead singer Jim James says that the band is dedicated to spotlighting local businesses and the arts.

“We want to remind everybody in Louisville that there are great outlets for youth to discover music and discover art,” James says. “Unfortunately, in our society, the arts have continually been cut back and shortchanged, so we want to let everybody know that there are great programs out here for kids to get involved in music and art.”

Leaders from the Louisville Youth Orchestra say that the group will get one dollar from every ticket purchased , which could double funding for its scholarship program.

Melody Welsh-Buchholz is the Louisville Youth Orchestra’s executive director.

“This will allow up to 50 new members who otherwise would not be able to participate with us because of economic circumstances to be a part of this organization,” she says. “And that is a really, really big deal for us.”

The usual annual budget for the scholarship fund is $15,000.

In 2008, My Morning Jacket held a concert at Waterfront Park with the Louisville Leopard Percussionists in a performance that benefited the Center for Women and Families.

The concert is being presented by WFPL’s sister station, WFPK.

Wax Fang will open for My Morning Jacket. Tickets go on sale Saturday, August 14.