Furthur, Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, TTB and Members of ARU Highlight The Final Day of Lockn’
Furthur closed out Arrington, VA’s first annual Lockn’ Festival with an extended set that stretched until 11pm. The performance was the Grateful Dead offshoot’s fourth set at the jamband summit, which also featured appearances by Trey Anastasio Band, Widespread Panic, John Fogerty, Jimmy Cliff, The String Cheese Incident, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes Band, The Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band and many others. Both Bob Weir and Phil Lesh also made the most of their time at the festival, sitting in with a range of other acts and participating in a few VIP events.
Local acts opened Lockn’ almost every day and yesterday was no different. Punk-driven bluegrass act the Hackensaw Boys opened the afternoon, though for many the highly anticipated Col. Bruce Hampton & Friends set truly kicked off the day’s festivities. Hampton started his set onstage with members of his solo band and Soulive/Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno. A few songs into his performance, drummer Jeff Sipe and Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge, both of whom were charter members of Hampton’s seminal Aquarium Rescue Unit band, took the stage and performed with Hampton and his “friends” for the rest of his set, including “Basically Frightened.” At one point, Burbridge moved from bass to drums for a jam with Hampton and members of his band. Despite being onsite with Widespread Panic, guitarist Jimmy Herring, the missing member of ARU’s most recent reunion lineups, never took the stage with his former bandmates.
The collaborations continued as the day rolled on. Tedeschi Trucks Band, a group which took direct inspiration from Hampton and ARU, brought out Krasno to play guitar on the Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter classic “Sugaree.” (Krasno played bass with TTB this summer while they searched for former member Oteil Burbridge’s permanent replacement.) Chris and Rich Robinson, who toured with Tedeschi Trucks Band this summer along with The Black Crowes, egged their friends on from the stage’s wings for much of their set and Chris Robinson sat in on a cover of “Sing a Simple Song.” Then, Bob Weir and current Crowes guitarist Jackie Greene joined Tedeschi Trucks Band and Chris for a version of “I Want To Take You Higher.” The sit in was another reunion of sorts since Chris, Greene and Weir occasionally perform together as part of a trio.
The Black Crowes took the stage next on the festival’s other, adjacent stage. Showing the depth of their catalog, the Crowes shied away from repeats from their Saturday Lockn’ set, including a well-placed cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Oh Sweet Nuthin’.” The members of Tedeschi Trucks Band also returned to the stage for “Let’s Go Get Stoned” and an all-star version of “Turn on Your Lovelight” that featured Weir.
Of all the bands on the festival’s bill, Furthur and Widespread Panic, two of the jamband scene’s strongest amphitheater and festival draws, felt like the event’s true anchor bands. They played back to back on Sunday and both group’s offered strong performances.
Panic played first and kicked things off with “Conrad The Caterpiller.” Their set truly launched into gear with a version of “Disco” that moved into “Party At Your Mama’s House” and “Stop Breaking Down Blues.” After the classic Bloodkin cover “Can’t Get High,” the band offered a take on “All Time Low” that segued into “Ride Me High” and “Saint Ex.” Derek Trucks also emerged for “Chilly Water,” “Me and The Devil Blues” and “North” at the end of their set.
Furthur closed their Lockn’ residency at the festival’s main stage festivities. They opened with “Terrapin Station” and used the anthem to bookend their show. From there, Furthur invited out Tedeschi for the traditional Grateful Dead Sunday cover “Samson & Delilah” and Herring, who toured as The Dead’s guitarist for “Brown-Eyed Women” and “Box Of Rain.” Tedeschi then returned for a stretch of songs such as “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” “Playin’ In The Band” and “Standing On The Moon.” Furthur closed the main part of their set with the “Terrapin Flyer” section of “Terrapin Station” and then, brought the festival to an end with the beautiful “Brokedown Palace.”
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*Here’s a look at yesterday’s setlist via our Box Scores *
Furthur, Sunday, September 8, Lockn’ Festival, Arrington, VA
Terrapin Station, Samson & Delilah*, Brown Eyed Women$, Box Of Rain$, Weather Report Suite, Dear Mr. Fantasy*, Playin’ In The Band*, Standing On The Moon*, Terrapin Flyer, Donor Rap, Brokedown Palace
$w/ Jimmy Herring *w/ Susan Tedeschi
Widespread Panic, Sunday, September 8, Lockn’ Festival, Arrington, VA
Conrad The Caterpiller, Pleas > Mr Soul, Wondering, Disco > Party At Your Mama’s House > Stop Breaking Down Blues, Can’t Get High, All Time Low > Jam > Ride Me High > Saint Ex, Chilly Water* > Me and The Devil Blues* > North*
*w/ Derek Trucks
The Black Crowes, Sunday, September 8, Lockn’ Festival, Arrington, VA
Seeing Things, My Morning Song, Stare It Cold, She Gave Good Sunflower, Space Captain, Another Roadside Tragedy, Nonfiction, Wiser Time, Oh! Sweet Nuthin’, Remedy, Let’s Go Get Stoned*, Turn on Your Love Light#
*w/Tedeschi Trucks Band #w/Tedeschi Trucks Band and Bob Weir