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Published: 2013/09/07

Zac Brown Has an Incident, Sits In with Furthur on Second Day of Lockn’ Festival

Zac Brown made the rounds at Oak Ridge Farm during the second night of the Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, VA. The country superstar played an exciting “Zac Brown Incident” set with the String Cheese Incident, and he even sat in with Furthur for a few tunes during their performance.

Festivalgoers woke up to yet another beautiful morning in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The day started with a set from Founding Fathers, a local act featuring Chris Pandolfi and Andy Falco of the Infamous Stringdusters. Then, Pegi Young & The Survivors took the stage for their second set of the festival.

Fans of New Orleans brass music got a real treat when the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and The Soul Rebels took the stage for a joint performance. The groups repped their hometown heavily and delivered a rousing set of brass standards, as well as covers of new hits like Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and older hits like The Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams.” Afterward, reggae legend Jimmy Cliff then came out for an inspired set that featured some of his classics and some storytelling, along with a rendition of Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now,” which he first covered for the Cool Runnings soundtrack in 1993.

Next came the String Cheese Incident, who opened their show with an “Outside and Inside” that moved into a rare daytime “Valley of the Jig.” “It Is It What It Is” led to a solid jam before the band switched gears to the Latin rhythms of “Yo Se.” The tune was followed by “Joyful Sound” and “Let’s Go Outside.” The set then wrapped with a cover of Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” and a fun “Restless Wind.”

Furthur came out the gate strong with a funky “Shakedown Street” to open their first set. The song transitioned into “The Wheel,” “Cryptical Envelopment” and “Estimated Prophet.” The second half of the set then featured a “Cold Rain and Snow,” “Cassidy,” Candyman” and “Jack Straw.”

The crowd then turned their attention to the left stage, where Zac Brown was taking the stage with the String Cheese Incident. Brown and Cheese were joined by a few members of Brown’s band over the course of the performance, with violinist Jimmy De Martini, bassist John Driskell Hopkins and multi-instrumentalist Clay Cook making appearances. The group kicked off their set with a take on the Cheese original “Sometimes a River,” which was followed by a version of Zac Brown Band’s “The Wind.” Next came a stellar, jammed out rendition of “Close Your Eyes” and crowd-pleasing takes on Levon Helm’s “When I Go Away,” Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion” and Jimmy Martin’s “Freeborn Man.” The band then played two more Zac Brown Band originals, “Jump Right In” and “Who Knows,” before going into a fantastic, funky working of Bill Withers’ “Use Me,” which Cheese had not played since 2003. That song also included an ending tease of Outkast’s “So Fresh and So Clean,” with Bill Nershi exclaiming “so fresh and clean” as the song wrapped up. The set then closed with “Colorado Bluebird Sky,” and the band encored with Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved,” which gave Brown one more chance to show off his vocal chops.

Furthur got their final set going with a “Dark Star” that was left unfinished, though it returned a few songs later following “Eyes of the World,” “St. Stephen” and “Unbroken Chain.” Zac Brown came out to join the band for a take on “Free/Into the Mystic,” a combination of Brown’s “Free” and Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” that is a staple of the Zac Brown Band’s repertoire. Brown also stuck around for “Tennessee Jed” before the set came to a close with the classic “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot!” > “Franklin’s Tower” jam. Later, Brown returned for a “Touch of Grey” encore.

After the main stage sets were finished, festivalgoers headed back to their campsites or made their way to a number of other performances. Jorma Kaukonen played a surprise late night acoustic set at the The Triangle in the main camp, and Super VIP members were treated to a very special stripped down, acoustic Furthur set featuring Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Joe Russo. The show included takes on “Me and My Uncle,” “Loose Lucy,” a version of Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece” and more. The trio then encored with “Ripple.”

Lockn’ Festival continues today with sets from Furthur (who will be playing Workingman’s Dead), Widespread Panic with John Fogerty, Trey Anastasio Band, The Black Crowes, Punch Brothers, The London Souls and Love Canon. Those that are unable to attend the event can stream many of tonight’s sets via Widespread Panic will also be offering audio streams of their sets.

You can check out some photos from the second day of the inaugural Lockn’ Festival here.

Here’s a look at last night’s setlists

Friday, September 6, 2013, Furthur, Lockn’ Festival, Arrington, VA

Set I: Shakedown Street > The Wheel > Cryptical Envelopment > Estimated Prophet, Cold Rain and Snow, Cassidy, Candyman, Jack Straw

Set II: Dark Star > Eyes of the World, St. Stephen, Unbroken Chain > Dark Star, Days Between, Free/Into The Mystic*, Tennessee Jed*, Help on the Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower

E: Touch of Grey*

(*) with Zac Brown

Friday, September 6, 2013, String Cheese Incident, Lockn’ Festival, Arrington, VA

Set 1: Outside and Inside > Valley of the Jig, It Is What It Is, Yo Se, Joyful Sound > Let’s Go Outside, This Must be the Place (Naive Melody) > Restless Wind

Set 2: Sometimes a River*, The Wind*, Close Your Eyes*, When I Go*, Sweet Emotion* > Freeborn Man*, Who Knows*, Use Me*, Colorado Bluebird Sky*

E: Could You Be Loved*

(*) with Zac Brown

Notes: Second set was “Zac Brown Incident”


There are 15 comments associated with this post

Peach September 7, 2013, 12:05:42

Zac Brown is a class act. Much respect.

drasticjasper September 7, 2013, 15:09:48

I would rather gargle draino than listen to zac brown

shinymetalass September 7, 2013, 15:21:46

and Id rather, dip my ballz in superglue and then lower them into a bucket of glass shavings instead of listening to zac brown band.

tostonesfix September 7, 2013, 15:48:10

What was that? It sounded horrible. Not from a sound quality point of view but froma music quality point of view. Mindbogglingly dreadful.

Swirledworld September 7, 2013, 19:31:48

You people are nuts. Zac brown and his boys can hang with the best. That guitar player that wasn’t mentioned in this article was smoking and is on Jimmy Herring level. I was very skeptical before last night, I was super impressed by how well zbb kept up with cheese.

amy September 8, 2013, 11:36:02

Zac will never know how lucky he is, playing with Further…Zac is the bomb, but the remaining members of the Dead will always be the best…

Pedro September 9, 2013, 14:29:53

Gargle draino? Self-mutilation on your genitals? So much hate… No respect. Zac Brown might be “Country” but he’s super talented and can hold his own with anybody. If he’s good enough for church, he’s good enough for me.

Kramer September 9, 2013, 14:44:46

Yea sorry u cry babies couldn’t make it to the party but I agree zac brown band can hang w the best. Really impressive. Didn’t know what to expect but they really blew me away. The whole weekend was stacked with stellar performances, and this one stands out, as it should.

ParrotheadFargo September 9, 2013, 15:56:15

Do a bit of research before hatin’, listening to his live recordings, specifically his cameo/non country guest spots over the years. (Just look at his own music festival lineups over the last 3 years: Southern Groud Music Festival
John Fogerty, Jason Mraz, Willie Nelson & The Family Band, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves, The Head and The Heart and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue 2012:
Michael Franti and Spearhead Jerry Douglas David Gray Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros The Lumineers
The Avett Brothers Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Michael Franti and Spearhead The Wailers Jerry Douglas Los Lonely Boys JJ Grey and Mofro 2011:
the Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Brett Dennen, Fitz and the Tantrums, Warren Haynes Band, Steel Pulse and Trigger Hippy. Oh Yeah and the monster of a band…. My Morning Jacket) Jam Band Icons, Southern Rock/Country icons, Indie/Folk hipsters, ZBB can keep up. If you look at your “Jam Festivals” most don’t compair to what you are getting at ZBB’s own festi. Jam On Zac. (To be clear I am Not A Country Fan, but i am willing to open my hears and take in great music where ever it comes from.)

jambandsoffline September 9, 2013, 20:54:40

Zac is a weak singer but a great marketer/business man. No, his guitar player can not hang with Herring. He’s kind of a fatter Garth Brooks, and his songs are just as bad as SCI, but he made a lot of fans happy, and if you like him great. But he’s not really that talented.

Brown Eye September 10, 2013, 20:50:55

Zac Brown Poop Incident…... They both stink

really!? September 16, 2013, 10:12:38

Love reading ppl who probably have no talent talk about ppl with amazing talent Zac Brown Furthur god damn amazing sorry i missed it Glad i’m not a hater…your lives bros

roberta September 17, 2013, 13:58:16

I love to listen to zbb, my 3 year old will stop what she is doing to hear him. Every time she gets in the car she says put zac on.

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Brenda E. Isajiw February 20, 2014, 18:33:41

Why do some people have to be so hateful and insulting others? You can state your likes and dislikes of others without foul language and insults. As for me I think ZBB is quite talented. It’s really too bad all of you bad-mouthing people can’t see that or at least if you can’t say nothing nice then just say nothing at all. Who made you nay-sayers the talent scouts anyway?

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