Lockn’ Festival is upon us. The third year festival is all set for launch on Friday, September 11 in Arrington, Virginia and features some of the biggest names in the jamband world. Originally scheduled to begin September 10, a destructive storm passing through decided to parlay activities for the first day’s events. Thankfully no one was injured, and festival crew are now busily cleaning up and getting ready for the upcoming events. Delays shouldn’t discourage attendees as that gives festival goers more time to ready for a stellar weekend of camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Preparing for an overload of interlocking musical sets to draw the summer to a close.
Among the must see acts are projects featuring the ‘Core Four’ members of The Grateful Dead, including Phil Lesh and Friends with special guest Carlos Santana, Mickey Hart ‘Deep Rhythm Experience’ with Steve Kimock (as well as a set with EOTO), Billy and the Kids featuring Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic, and Bob Weir who is the featured guest all day Saturday, September 12.
The festival has become a haven for jambands that span decades of influence and performance across the country. Classic jambands such as Strangefolk, Soulive, Little Feat, North Mississippi Allstars, Hot Tuna, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will all be on hand for hour-long sets on the Oak/Ridge stage. Some of the larger jam acts include String Cheese Incident (two stand alone sets, along with a set featuring The Doobie Brothers, aka, The Doobie Incident), Widespread Panic (one stand alone set, one set with reggae legend Jimmy Cliff), and Umphrey’s McGee (late night).
Two very special sets take place on Friday night – Jorma & Jack, aka Hot Tuna, will celebrate 50 years of Jefferson Airplane alongside Rachel Price, GE Smith, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Jeff Pehrson, Justin Guip and Bill Kreutzmann. Mad Dogs and Englishmen will pay tribute to the late Joe Cocker with an all-star lineup that includes Tedeschi Trucks Band, Leon Russell, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, Chris Robinson, John Bell, Claudia Lennear and many more. Both of these sets are MUST SEE once in a lifetime events.
Lastly, Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant brings his Sensational Space Shifters for two completely different sets on Saturday and Sunday, a wonderful end to a weekend packed with music.
Still need tickets? Pick them up and don’t miss out. Stay tuned to Lockn’ Festival’s Facebook Page for continued updates on campground openings and for all the latest news and events for the festival.
Check out the schedule here. As updates come in, we’ll be sure to update all attendees.