Hot Ticket: Forecastle: The Black Keys
In 1964, it was Mick, Keith, et al. with England's Newest Hit Makers. Four decades later, Akron, Ohio, spat out Dan and Patrick. The connection? White boys take rock to the bluesfreshly, brilliantly, dangerously.
Equal parts activism, arts, and music, this progressive three-day extravaganza on downtown Louisville's Riverfront draws 65 bands, numerous environmental nonprofits, and 20,000 fans. After-hours river raves take place on the steamboat Belle of Louisville.
Don't Miss The Black Keys, the New Mastersounds, and Appalachian folk rockers the Avett Brothers. Three days, $100; forecastlefestival.com.
Intermission Hike underground for hours in the limestone Mammoth Cave National Park (guided tour, $48; nps.gov/maca).
Crash Camp five miles away at American Turners Campgrounds, with alcohol sales and a shuttle ($50 for the weekend; forecastlefestival.com).