Meet Sturgill Simpson, guitar hero. By jettisoning the horn section that backed him onstage following the release of last year’s “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” album and trimming what remained of his band to a lean quartet, the Kentucky country renegade opened his evening set with a reading of “Brace for Impact (Live a Little)” that roared on for 10 minutes, over half of which was devoted to long, winding guitar jams Simpson played over a thick, deliberate Southern groove.
If you go
What: Three-day music festival with multiple stages featuring Odesza, LCD Soundsystem, Weezer, Cage the Elephant, Sturgill Simpson, P.J. Harvey and many more.
When: Through July 16
Where: Waterfront Park, 300 E. River Rd. in Louisville
Tickets: Starting at $69.50