LOCKN’ 2019 Preview

Get your jam band festival done right with Arrington, Virginia’s LOCKN’, which returns this Thursday-Sunday, August 22nd-25th....

LOCKN' 2019 Preview

Get your jam band festival done right with Arrington, Virginia’s LOCKN’, which returns this Thursday-Sunday, August 22nd-25th:



Main Stage

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, 9:30 PM – 12:29 AM

Furthur drummer Joe Russo teams up with Marco Benevento, Ween’s Dave Dreiwitz, and more for a fourth year in a row at LOCKN’ (QRO photos at LOCKN’ ’18QRO photos at LOCKN’ ’17QRO photos at LOCKN’ ’16) to play the music of The Grateful Dead as Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.
Joe Russo
Gary Clark Jr., 8:00 PM – 9:29 PM

Austin’s Gary Clark Jr. (QRO photos at a festival in Austin) is the latest artist to be said to be ‘bringing blues back’ – when did it ever leave? And if it did, it’s surely come back many times since then (just look at Jack White…) – but Clark (QRO live review) is certainly keeping it going, like on Austin City Limits (QRO live review on ACL) and festivals (QRO photos at a festival).
Gary Clark Jr.
Khruangbin, 6:30 PM – 7:59 PM

Houston’s Khruangbin (QRO photos in Texas) draw from all over the world, Spain to the Middle East to Thailand, but now come to LOCKN’.

Andy Frasco & The U.N., 5:30 PM – 6:29 PM

Midnight North, 4:20 PM – 5:29 PM

Audacity Brass Band, 4:00 PM – 4:29 PM

Midnight North

Garcia’s Forest powered by Meyer Sound

Circles Around the Sun, 12:30 AM – 1:45 AM

Circles Around the Sun

Super VIP Tent

Fruition, 11:00 PM – 12:29 PM





Main Stage

Trey Anastasio Band, 9:30 PM – 12:29 AM

If you’re going to LOCKN’, you already know who Trey Anastasio is. If Phish (QRO photos at LOCKN’ ‘16) has made themselves into the next generation Grateful Dead, then Anastasio is the next generation Jerry Garcia. He’s done everything from play above the marquee at the Ed Sullivan Theater to get a Tony nomination for his orchestration of Broadway musical Hands on a Hardbody. Anastasio (QRO photos at a festival) comes to LOCKN’ (QRO photos at a recent festival).

Doing two sets, the second will feature Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Derek Trucks.
Trey Anastasio
The Revivalists, 8:00 PM – 9:29 PM

New Orleans seven-piece Americana rock band The Revivalists (QRO photos at a festival) were in 2016 named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 Bands You Need To Know,” and come back to LOCKN’ (QRO photos at LOCKN’ ’17QRO photos at LOCKN’ ’14) behind last year’s Take Good Care.
The Revivalists
Old Crow Medicine Show, 6:45 PM – 7:59 PM

One of the most authentic acts in this current hipster-fueled Americana revival has been Old Crow Medicine Show (QRO photos at a festival), who’ve done everything from the Big Easy Express Tour with Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (the documentary of which won a Grammy – QRO screening review) to appear numerous times on A Prairie Home Companion – and, oh yeah, they had a platinum hit single “Wagon Wheel”.
Old Crow Medicine Show
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, 5:15 PM – 6:44 PM

Catch the Baltimore funk of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (QRO photos), road warriors who do something like 200 shows a year, as they return to LOCKN’ for a second year in a row (QRO photos at LOCKN’ 18), this time playing with Cory Wong.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, 4:15 PM – 5:14 PM

Back in the eighties, when jam was undergoing its metamorphosis from original heyday to today’s modern version, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians had a massive hit in “What I Am”. Brickell left the band to marry none other than Paul Simon, but has returned to music in more recent times, from teaming up with her stepson as The Heavy Circles (QRO album review) to reviving the New Bohemians, with last year’s Rocket.
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
Melvin Seals & JGB, 2:45 PM – 4:14 PM

The long-running pianist for the Jerry Garcia Band, after Garcia’s death, Melvin Seals kept the spirit going with JGC, and returns to LOCKN’ (QRO photos at LOCKN’ ‘15), this time with John Kadlecik.
Melvin Seals
Moonalice, 1:45 PM – 2:44 PM

Independent jam-rock artists Moonalice return to LOCKN’ (QRO photos at LOCKN’ ‘15), this time with Lester & Dylan Chambers.


Greg Humphrey’s Electric Trio, 1:00 PM – 1:44 PM

Surprise Attack, 12:30 PM – 12:59 PM


Garcia’s Forest powered by Meyer Sound

Galactic, 12:30 AM – 2:45 AM

Hailing from New Orleans, Galactic (QRO photos at a festival) is a five-man funk band. They combine traditional jazz with brass-heavy funk that’s much like the city’s signature sound. Thrown into the mix are their cutting edge, ‘new school’ horns and the regional hip-hop known as New Orleans Bounce. Galactic (QRO photos at a festival) succeeds in producing a sound that’s entirely new while still paying homage to the style that made the Big Easy famous. They return to LOCKN’ (QRO photos at LOCKN’ ’16).

Pickin’ with Jay Sterling, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Fruition, 11:30 AM – 12:29 PM – QRO photos at a festival

Yoga In the Forest, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Piano On the Porch

Doobie Decibel System, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Doobie Decibel System

Super VIP Tent

The Lil Smokies, 11:00 PM – 11:30 PM

David Shaw, 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
The Lil Smokies




Main Stage

Tedeschi Trucks Band, 9:30 PM – 12:29 AM

Husband-and-wife duo Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi front the Tedeschi Trucks Band (QRO photos), a rare male-female duo where the woman gets first billing. The Grammy Award-winning blues-rock outfit have played LOCKN’ practically every year it’s been around (QRO photos at LOCKN’ 18QRO photos at LOCKN’ ’16QRO photos at LOCKN’ 15QRO photos at LOCKN’ 14).

Playing two sets, the second features fellow LOCKN’ ’19 performer Trey Anastasio (see above).
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Vulfpeck, 8:00 PM – 9:29 PM

The minimalistic, raw funk of Vulfpeck come back to LOCKN’ (QRO photos at LOCKN’ ‘16).
Oteil & Friends, 6:00 PM – 7:59 PM

A member of LOCKN’ alumni like Dead & Company (QRO photos at LOCKN’ ’18), Tedeschi Trucks Band (QRO photos at LOCKN’ 18), and The Allman Brothers Band (QRO photos at LOCKN ’17), jazz & classical bassist Oteil Burbridge plays his set at LOCKN’ ’19 – featuring Bob Weir.
Oteil Burbridge
Twiddle, 4:30 PM – 5:59 PM

Incorporating a wide range of genres for impressive live performances is Vermont’s Twiddle (QRO photos at a festival in Vermont), who return to LOCKN’ (QRO photos at LOCKN’ ‘16), this time with Blues Traveler’s (QRO photos at LOCKN’ 18) John Popper (QRO photos at LOCKN’ ‘15).
Preservation Hall Jazz Band, 3:15 PM – 4:29 PM

New Orleans’ Preservation Hall has been preserving the iconic city’s jazz tradition not just in the Big Easy but also around the world thanks to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (QRO photos), who having been bringing Dixieland to other lands since the founding of the hall back in the sixties.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The Allman Betts Band, 2:30 PM – 3:29 PM

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, 2:00 PM – 3:14 PMQRO photos outdoors

Liz Cooper & The Stampede, 1:00 PM – 1:59 PMQRO spotlight on

Free Union, 12:30 PM – 12:59 PM

Liz Cooper & The Stampede

Garcia’s Forest powered by Meyer Sound

Soulive, 12:30 AM – 1:45 PM

The Buffalo funk/jazz trio (QRO photos at a festival) is a touring mainstay, both in festivals & on their own, with a rotating guest vocalist slot. For their return to LOCKN’, they’ve added Infinity Horns.

Pickin’ with Jay Sterling, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Lil Smokies, 11:30 AM – 11:59 AMQRO photos at a festival

Yoga In the Forest, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

The Lil Smokies

Piano On the Porch

Cory Henry, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Cory Henry

Super VIP Tent

J.E.D.I., 1:00 AM – 2:45 AM

Town Mountain, 11:00 PM – 11:30 PM

Mihali, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM




Main Stage

Bob Weir & The Wolf Bros, 9:15 PM – 12:29 AM

The Grateful Dead’s iconic guitarist Bob Weir (who’s also had all other sorts of bands, including semi-reunion The Dead – QRO photos at a festival – and LOCKN’ ’18 headliner Dead & Company – QRO photos at LOCKN’ ’18) returns for another year of LOCKN’ (QRO photos at LOCKN’ 17).

Playing two sets, the second features Mikaela Davis and Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Susan Tedeschi (QRO photos of Tedeschi Trucks Band, with Bob Weir, at LOCKN’ ’15).
Bob Weir
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, 7:45 PM – 9:14 PM

Once best known for his work in Drive-By Truckers, since driving off in 2008 Jason Isbell (QRO photos at a festival) has been focused on his solo work (QRO photos solo at a festival) with his own 400 Unit (QRO photos at a recent festival), behind 2017’s The Nashville Sound.
Jason Isbell
moe., 6:30 PM – 7:44 PM

One of the most-established acts on the jam festival circuit has to be moe (QRO photos at a festival). They came up in the nineties with other neo-hippie bands (instead of ‘Dead Heads’, moe. has ‘moe.rons’…), and have kept on going for thirty years now.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones, 5:30 PM – 6:29 PM

From Birmingham, Alabama, St. Paul & The Broken Bones (QRO photos at a recent festival) bring the true southern soul. They come back to LOCKN’ (QRO photos at LOCKN’ ‘15) after 2016’s Sea of Noise (QRO review) and last year’s Young Sick Camelia (QRO review).
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Steel Pulse, 4:15 PM – 5:29 PM

You can’t have a jam festival without a legendary reggae act, and LOCKN’ got a great one in Steel Pulse (QRO photos at a festival) – the Birmingham, U.K. act was the first non-Jamaican group to ever win ‘Best Reggae Album’ Grammy. And for LOCKN’, they’re playing with fellow Sunday performers The Soul Rebels (see below).
Steel Pulse
Nahko & Medicine For the People, 3:15 PM – 4:14 PM

“They embrace Bob Marley’s idea of world-­‐ bridging, bringing people together to resolve differences. For us, music is a tool to create healing and activate people to change things.” Nahko & Medicine for the People (QRO photos at a festival) expands this sensibility onstage. The band has toured with SOJA, and internationally with Xavier Rudd, and performed at festivals across the globe (QRO photos at a festival).
Nahko & Medicine For the People
The Soul Rebels, 2:15 PM – 3:14 PM

Inspired by the ubiquitous likes of James Brown and Frank Zappa, The Soul Rebels are a four-piece band that reminiscence on the soul, funk, and blues era that defined music history. They also play later in the day with Steel Pulse (see above).
The Soul Rebels

Deva Mahal, 1:30 PM – 2:14 PM

Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, 12:00 PM – 1:29 PMQRO photos at LOCKN’ ’17

Keller Williams

Garcia’s Forest powered by Meyer Sound

Jerry Dance Party, 12:30 AM – 1:45 AM

Pickin’ with Jay Sterling, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Town Mountain, 11:30 AM – 11:59 AM

Yoga In the Forest, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM


Piano On the Porch

Joey Dosik, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Joey Dosik

Super VIP Tent

Bob Weir & The Wolf Bros, 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Bob Weir