LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) – As tens of thousands of people get ready for next weekend’s Forecastle Music Festival, a smaller, local version took the stage on Mellwood Avenue.

The 6th annual Poorcastle Festival expects nearly 2,500 people over its three-day run, which started Friday at Apocalypse Brew Works. Proceeds from the festival benefit local music charities like Louisville Leopards Percussionists, 100.9 WCHQ-FM and AMPED.

“It’s not just the music but in our food and in our beverage industry and it’s right here in our backyard,” said Leah Dienes, who is a partner at the Brewery that donated its facility for the event. “We always give it out for free for any community group that wants to use it so it’s a way to give back.”

Poorcastle’s tongue-in-cheek approach to a smaller music festival is what organizers believe help it stand out.

Kids and pets are welcome during a weekend where high temperatures earlier in the week made people nervous.

“We were terrified! No one likes 100 degree weather or to be outside in it so we got really lucky with this gorgeous weekend,” said event co-founder Shaina Wagner.

Last year, Poorcastle went through more than 70 kegs of beer – the types of beer adjusted based on how the weather will be.

“We know it is going to be potentially hot and people overheating and drinking too much so we make lower alcohol beers just for that,” Dienes said.

This weekend is when the local, smaller acts can take the stage with dreams hitting the big time just a week from now.

“We’ve got the talent here. We can compete on the national level and more and more people are realizing that,” Dienes said.

Poorcastle will continue at Apocalypse Brew Works Sunday from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. with $5 admission.

Forecastle will kick off at Waterfront Park next Friday.

For more information on Poorcastle, click here. For more information on Forecastle, click here.

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