The summer is coming to a close. Scents and thoughts remain, but the routine changes as the nights begin to grow colder. For many of us, this time means the start of school, the end or lessening of work, and a minimal amount of funds to scrounge on through the year. I have since associated the months of June, July and August to be a haven for music and the live experience, considering it has typically been the only period of time for me to go to music festivals. Yet, it seems there is still one more celebration to be had, one more portal to the mind of Rock and Roll that makes its first appearance as the Interlocken Music Festival.
Thursday, September 5th will mark the birth of this event, and what a weekend it will be. Not often are we blessed with more than one Rock/Blues headliner, but here, at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA, this summer will end on one of the most intricate and alluring lineups of the summer. It begins with some Cheese.
The String Cheese Incident will lead off the festival with two slots, sandwiching a Gov’t Mule performance. As if one chance to see Warren wasn’t enough, Warren Haynes Band will follow SCI’s second show and Keller and the Keels will follow. This opening list of fantastic musicians will kick off the rest of the weekend, which will consist of three shows of Furthur (Playing Workingman’s Dead and more on Saturday), Trey Anastasio Band (Replacing Neil Young and Crazy Horse), two nights of The Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band, two nights of Widespread Panic (with John Fogerty sitting in the first show), another Cheese show on Friday, and many more incredible acts to keep the wave rolling along. In the opinion of this writer, it is quite possibly the best lineup of the summer.
This festival will also be actively working toward reducing damage to the environment with their High Five Program. Bringing any and all recycling to the Recycling Zones in the campgrounds as well as disposing your waste in the proper fashion will reward you with compostable slips that they call “High Fives.” You can redeem these for a chance to win items such as organic dresses from Synergy Clothing, tickets to Lock’n 2014, and even a signed poster of Mr. Bobby Weir. We should all treat our waste in this fashion at all times, but a little incentive won’t hurt.
For those who can’t afford to buy a ticket, the Work Exchange Program (WET) can be found at http://www.locknfestival.com/info#volunteer. For others who wish to make the investment, four day passes start at $285, but there are a limited number of student discount tickets if anyone feels it necessary to use their allotted absences early on.
Less than a week away, the first installment of Lock’n is looking to be a historical occasion. Rock and Roll may seem to be diminishing in the mind of the youth but it is far from dead. In fact, it seems to me that there is little that any trend or faction of popular culture can do to sway its demise. It will never be dead; it will ramble long into the depths of this existence, echoing the stories, the feelings and the life of the people who rode along with it. The music scene today is a strange one, interesting no doubt, but very strange. I do see some merit in this culture, as I touched upon in my review of Camp Bisco, but there is something in Classic Rock that sustains it eternally, carrying us far away throughout our curious, wild, sometimes vulgar lives until whatever the hell it is that comes after. Cheers to life, condolences to hate, and much love to you flawed, mad, lively people that allow such a place as Interlocken to occur. To those who wish to engage in this segment of life, enjoy one of the best gatherings of music that we will soon have experienced. See you all out there, spread that sparkle far and wide.
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