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Lockn’ Music Festival

Oak Ridge Farm – Arrington, VA

September 4-7, 2014

Written by Alex Kratzert


Tonight as I write, whenever this is, I type on my couch in a hooded sweatshirt and corduroys – no socks. There is no air conditioning, but there is a fan that is really only reaching my bare feet. It is well into August, I know that much, and for a pair of weeks now I have heard much talk of fall vibes and changing times. Since school is over for me now and the real kick is just a loan-deferment away, I am reminded of only one of few things: the cool Appalachian air of Arrington, Virginia in early September. I am then reminded of the red clay earth that spreads vast across the plain toward the mountains, so smooth to the touch yet rigid enough to break several of my dad’s aluminum stakes. So, as the weird, wild winds of the season grow colder, there remains much warmth and light to the knowledge that Lockn’ Music Festival is close-by. Especially these days, with all that noise and all that nonsense at full volume. What a time.


After the dust settled from the event’s inaugural blast, I began to wonder how the lineup would look for the following year. It surpassed my expectations, bringing much of what had made last year’s lineup so enticing back to the stage, with some fresh additions of both old and new. Returning to Oak Ridge Farm will be Widespread Panic (two nights), Tedeschi Trucks Band, Phil Lesh and Friends (two nights), and The String Cheese Incident (two nights). Phil will be performing with Warren Haynes, John Scofield, John Medeski and Joe Russo, and Widespread Panic will be joined by Steve Winwood of Traffic and Blind Faith. The String Cheese Incident will also perform as String Cheese and the Gang, a tribute to Kool and the Gang featuring JT Taylor and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Once the dust settles from that bang, read on.


Performers coming to Lockn’ for the first time include Umphrey’s Mcgee (two sets), Wilco, Gary Clark JR., Willie Nelson, Hot Tuna Acoustic, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and The Allman Brothers Band, who will be playing “Live at the Fillmore East” and more. Bob Weir and Ratdog had originally been on the lineup; however, all tour dates have been cancelled. Due to the cancellation, the Lockn’ people had to find new acts to fill the space, and they certainly made up for the loss. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will play on Sunday and Lettuce will play just before Umphrey’s Mcgee on Thursday. They also added Bill Kreutzmann’s Locknstep Allstars, an act which I am particularly excited for. Keller Williams will be returning as well with Grateful Grass, and Taj Mahal and Del McCoury Band will be performing too. Check out the full lineup schedule here.


Four day passes are at $285, with student prices at $180. Single day tickets are also available, and GA RV passes are sold out. If the price is too steep, you can check out volunteer options here, and any other information can be foundIMG_7950 here. Sparkleberry Lane will also be doing a ticket giveaway starting 8/20, so if you did not find this article through the SBL Facebook page, visit the link and like and share the post as well as the page (must be from our page). The winner will be picked at random and given two general admission tickets to Lockn’ Music Festival. Give it a go, but if your luck doesn’t show I highly recommend buying the ticket if you can. I have spent quite a lot of time, energy and
funds in order to go to these festivals, some of which have come with a slice or two of regret. Maybe three or four. A handful. I can say with the utmost confidence, though, that this event will be worth every drop of sweat and every tattered bill, and there won’t be a shred of regret.

And so, there are only a couple of weeks until the festival. It was just the 45th anniversary of Woodstock, which held acts such as Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, Grateful Dead, Ravi Shankar, Jefferson Airplane and, of course, Jimi Hendrix. Only a few months ago I found myself back to those holy grounds for the first festival to take place there since ’69, and Steve Aoki, Dillon Francis, Moby, and Kaskade headlined, to name a few. Times have changed, and I guess that’s how things go. And so three months ago, I stood on those grounds hearing Kesey pronounce “Nothing Lasts” while performers were telling everyone else, “We don’t give a fuck!” repeatedly and with little else to follow. What a laugh. But in the closing weeks of the festival season, with the fall winds flowing thin and crisp under the still scorching sun, I am reminded of a place that proves to keep ’69 very much alive, and where the bad chatter is only a mute grievance to be thrown by the wayside. They used to call it Interlocken…


Photos courtesy of Lockn’ Music Festival


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