With a lineup comprised almost entirely of headlining-worthy bands, Lockn’ has truly become a who’s who in the jam scene. With some of the biggest names returning and others making their debut, there’s no other festival like Lockn’. With only one stage operating at a time and interlocking sets with no down time, Lockn’ is a true music-lovers paradise.
Here are 7 things driving us back to Virginia for our second consecutive year:
7. Infinity Downs Farm.
With its new location not far from the original grounds, we can’t wait to see what the Infinity Downs Farm has in store for us this summer. Said to have more trees, more infrastructure and a better organized layout, we expect this new home for the festival to exceed our expectations.
6. Garcia’s Forest.
Grooving all weekend is Garcia’s Forest. This sector of Infinity Downs Farm is a psychedelically lit forest with – you guessed it – Jerry Garcia playing the entire time. This is a perfect spot to hang out late night once the music has stopped, 0r just to chill out during the day to avoid the heat in the shade of trees.
5. Widespread Panic.
Playing Lockn’ every year besides 2016, road warriors Widespread Panic brings their gritty southern rock to Virginia for another year. Closing out the main stage on Saturday right after John Fogerty who played with Panic at Lockn’ in 2013, we can only hope for another sit-in this year.
4. Members of the Grateful Dead.
Staying true to its roots Lockn’ brings back original members of The Grateful Dead for standout headlining performances this weekend. On Friday Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band will perform one set of their own and one set featuring the one and only Bob Weir to perform the 1977 album, Terrapin Station, in its entirety. On Sunday, both Bobby and Phil are back, collaborating with two more modern bands. Sure to bring the shredding is Phil.moe, the popular classic-rock jam band moe. featuring Phil Lesh on bass. moe.’s own bass player Rob Derhak recently announced he has been diagnosed with throat cancer and that moe. will be on hiatus until he’s completed treatment. Though he won’t be with us this weeken, is there anyone better to “Phil” in his spot? We surely speak for all in wishing Rob a speedy recovery. Later in the evening, Bob Weir closes out the festival with the North Carolina folk band The Avett Brothers.
3. Greensky Bluegrass and Keller Williams.
Saturday is the day to kick off your shoes and dance to some authentic acoustic music. Opening up the main stage with Keller William’s acoustic loop-filled performance before Greensky Bluegrass truly puts the JAM in jamgrass. Keller’s quirky songwriting and jubilant guitar-playing before Greensky’s transcendent jams peformed on bluegrass instruments has us stoked for some serious pickin’ on Saturday.
2. String Cheese Incident and Umphrey’s McGee Interlocking sets.
Kicking off the festival in a big way, jam superstars and Lockn’ alumni Umphrey’s McGee and String Cheese Incident each play two alternating sets under the sun on the Main Stage. With Umphrey’s having performed every Lockn’ since 2014 and String Cheese every year besides 2016 (historically playing on the first day as well), both bands have good experience melting faces under the hot Virginia sun and are sure to bring some smoking jams. With Lockn’s back-to-back sets with no downtime in between performances, maybe there’s a sit-in awaiting us? An Umphrey’s McCheese Incident?
1. The Disco Biscuits debut at Lockn’.
So far, 2017 has been a stellar year for The Biscuits. Just over a month after their hot Camp Bisco performances our trance-fusion masters are geared up to throw down for their first ever Lockn’ getdown. With a late-night slot at the Blue Ridge Bowl on the first night of the festival following sets from the String Cheese Incident and Umphrey’s McGee, you couldn’t ask for a better time to see The Biscuits. With over 20 years of jams under their belts, the Biscuits have truly earned their right as a cornerstone in the jam and festival scene, so the first late-night spot on this headliner-only lineup seems fitting for the kigns of jamtronica. Needless to say, we’re extremely excited for this untzy bliss, masterful musicianship, peaking jams and jamtronica perfection accentuated by lasers shooting into the night sky on Infinity Downs Farm later this week.
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