Lockn’ (Formerly Interlocken Music Festival) Adds Grace Potter, Live Soundtrack Cinema
The promoters of the Interlocken Music Festival have made some major announcements, the most significant of which is that the name of the event itself has changed. The festival, which will take place on September 5-8 at the Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA is now known as Lockn’. Festival co-founder (and Relix publisher) Peter Shapiro explains that a few considerations went into the decision. “The logo has started to take on a life of its own, and the feedback we’ve received is that people really appreciate how the music and all elements of the festival are locked into one another. Given the spirit of an event where we’re encouraging musicians to take chances, we wanted to make the change now. We also wanted to reflect the fact that Lockn’ is such a unique festival that it deserves its own unique name. Having said that we’ve also made some interesting discoveries about the origins of the word.”
As for the music at Lockn’, the latest addition to the roster of performers is Grace Potter, who will appear on Thursday. Over the years Potter has performed with many of the Lockn’ artists, including Gov’t Mule (and she co-hosted the 2008 Jammys with Warren Haynes), so that all manner of collaborations could be in the cards.
Another novel element of Lockn’ will be the Live Soundtrack Cinema. Rather than screening movies that will compete with the live music, the festival’s cinema tent will present specially-selected silent films that will complement the performances. The Live Soundtrack Cinema will present an audio feed from the stage as the performers provide the soundtracks to various features, shorts and animation. The Live Soundtrack Cinema will be programmed by Relix executive editor and Jambands.com founder Dean Budnick, who wrote his Harvard doctoral dissertation on silent film. After the music concludes, the cinema tent will offer some special programming, with the details likely not announced until the festival itself.
General admission tickets to the event, which also features Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Punch Brothers and Col. Bruce Hampton and Friends are now on sale, while a few VIP options available.