LOCKN’ Festival once again opened its gates at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, Virginia, Thursday-Sunday, August 23rd-26th, to the Jam Band Community, the EPIC JAM Bands, and has quickly risen to be the FESTIVAL Headquarters for the JAM BAND World.
Co-founders Dave Frey and Peter Shapiro and team put together this year’s featured line-up that has been rivaled by none, ever.
Dead and Company, Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Meters featuring Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzman, Mickey Hart and John Mayer, Umphrey’s McGee with special guest Jason Bonham, Blues Traveler, Keller Williams, George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, Toots & The Maytals, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, BIG Something, Ghost Light, Lettuce, Branford Marsalis, Taj Mahal, Sheryl Crow, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Moon Taxi, and many others.
This was the sixth year for LOCKN Festival. The grounds were perfect for this event, music, arts, camping, stellar food and beer. No shortage for events outside of music and an event that is perfect for all young and old.
In true LOCKN Festival standards, there were collaboration at every turn. Marsalis with Dead and Company, Weir & Mayer with Lettuce, Margo Price with Widespread Panic, Eric Krasno with Lettuce, Toots and Taj, Bonham with Umphrey’s, JGB Lettuce Salad, and a crowd favorite, The Meters with George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Tony Hal Zigaboo Modeliste, plus Tony Hal joined by Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzman, Mickey Hart, and John Mayer of Dead and Company.
Without question, Dead and Company featuring three original Grateful Dead members, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Billy Kreutzman, and Company including John Mayer, Jeff Chementi, and Oteil Burbridge, was the highly anticipated headliner for LOCKN’ Festival. Dead and Company performed two sets on Saturday and Sunday to close out their 2018 Summer Tour. Dead and Company brought it in a big way.
EPIC is a word that was heard often at LOCKN’ Festival 2018. It was an event that left us asking for more on Sunday night after the last Dead and Company encore. LOCKN’ Festival 2019 is an event NO TO BE MISSED.
It is about the community as a whole; music, artist, fans. An opportunity to gather together in peace as one community with one purpose, Love and Light.
LOCKN’ FESTIVAL 2019 isn’t going to be **soon enough**.
-words: Neil Peek
-photos: Jerry Friend and Neil Peek