It’s Pointless to Resist. LOCKN’ is Calling.
For jam heads on the East Coast, summer’s best one-two punch is Peach-LOCKN’. With Peach a fait accompli, the second half of this brilliance hits Infinity Downs and Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia, at LOCKN’. The schedule is out, and you’d best plan to arrive early Thursday and leave late, like sometime Monday, because August 22-25 is one outrageous party of jam in all its varieties.
In addition to the main stage activities, Garcia’s Forest host the late-night jams each night, and Piano on the Porch features music each morning from 10:30-11:30. The Super VIP Tent has day shows Friday through Sunday and late-night shows Thursday through Saturday.
The Jerry Dance Party opens the festival at 3, and then it’s off to the races. Audacity Brass Band, Midnight North, and the irrepressible Andy Frasco & the U.N. are first up. They’re followed by Khruangbin and Gary Clark, Jr., with the main stage headlined by Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Fruition plays the Super VIP Tent, and Circles Around the Sun appropriately visits Garcia’s Forest.
There are some very special collaborations on this jam-packed main stage schedule. After Surprise Attack and Greg Humphrey’s Electric Trio open the afternoon, the first two special sets go down. First, time will come today as Lester and Dylan Chambers will play with Moonalice. Lester was one of the Chambers Brothers, and Dylan is his son. Then Melvin Seals & JGB are up with John Kadlecik, who is touring with the band currently.
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians will be a welcome sight, followed by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. As if they weren’t funked up enough, they’ve got Cory Wong to help them get even funkier (if that’s even possible). Old Crow Medicine Show bring their take on Americana after that madness.
The Revivalists will excite the Revheads and everybody else before the Trey Anastasio Band invites Derek Trucks up for their second set. Fruition and Galactic are in Garcia’s Forest, David Shaw with the VIP day show, and The Lil Smokies at night. Doobie Decibel Duo plays the morning piano show on the porch.
Welcome to another ridiculous day at LOCKN’! Cory Henry does the early Piano on the Porch set. The main stage is graced first by Free Union and then Liz Cooper & the Stampede. Cory Henry pulls double-duty, this time with his Funk Apostles, with Preservation Hall Jazz Band in the house next. Twiddle will be joined by John Popper, and Mihali has the early VIP set as well.
Oteil Burbridge has a lot of friends. A LOT of friends. For his set, he’ll be joined by Bob Weir, Duane Betts, Melvin Seals, Eric Krasno, Neal Casal, Jay Lane, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, Alfreda Gerald, and Lamar Williams, Jr. And all we can say is DAMN!
Vulfpeck does their magical thing, and then Tedeschi Trucks Band closes down the main stage. Returning the favor from the previous night, Trey Anastasio will join them for set two. There is a double bill in Garcia’s Forest, as The Lil Smokies perform, followed by Soulive pumped up by The Infinity Horns. Town Mountain plays VIP late-night, followed by a display of true J.E.D.I. power courtesy of Aaron Johnston, Marc Brownstein, Aron Magner, and DJ Logic.
One more day. Pace yourself! The day begins, fittingly, with Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, followed by Deva Mahal, The Soul Rebels, and the uplifting Nahko and Medicine for the People. The Soul Rebels return to play with Steel Pulse, with St. Paul & the Broken Bones up next.
The remarkable night continues with moe. and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and the main stage grand finale features Bob Weir and Wolf Brothers. For the second set, Susan Tedeschi and Mikaela Davis will join them.
Marcus King is a special guest on Sunday; we’re excited to see where he’ll pop up. Joe Dosik has early-morning piano duty, and Weir and Wolf Brothers will tease the night show with an intimate VIP day set.
Forest camping is sold out. Plan accordingly. Once again, LOCKN’ is not to be missed.