Forecastle_Festival_2009_-_West_StageJ.K. McKnight is a true Louisville success story with the festival and foundation he started. He’ll be the keynote speaker at the Venture Connectors luncheon on Dec. 3.

The Forecastle Festival has put Louisville on the map for music lovers. The event started out as a small community event in Tyler Park and has grown into a multi-day festival that draws more than 60,000 attendees from 2,192 cities and 49 states to Louisville’s Waterfront Park.

In addition to attracting tourists from all over, the festival now attracts A-list musical acts like Wilco, OutKast, Jack White, Beck, the Replacements and more. It also attracts money to the city: In 2013, the festival’s economic impact on Louisville was estimated at $14 million.

McKnight is a Louisville native; he’s a graduate of St. Xavier High School and attended the College of Charleston, Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville.

The Venture Connectors Luncheons are the first Wednesday of every month. These events feature announcements, an entrepreneurial pitch and a keynote panel or speakers.

Tickets are free for Venture Connectors members, $45 for visitors, and $40 for students. You can RSVP and reserve your ticket online here. The event starts at 11:30 a.m.