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Published: 2013/09/09

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.”

Click here for a full photo gallery from yesterday’s festivities.

*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


There are 11 comments associated with this post

pm September 9, 2013, 14:16:15

I didn’t know the Grateful Dead was playing

Kramer September 9, 2013, 15:04:08

Best weekend of my whole life! Great job everybody! The only part that sucked was when it ended.

h September 9, 2013, 16:11:38

Sing a Single Song should be Sing a Simple Song durrr

Matt September 9, 2013, 17:13:26

If Krasno wasn’t playing bass for Tedeschi Trucks Band, who was?

jackstrawdc September 10, 2013, 10:21:36

Got back from the festival yesterday. Although the music was 10 out of 10, the festival organization was like a 2 out of 10. In addition to the traffic/parking nightmares, there were tons of other problems. The ATMs ran out of cash early. The $10 showers frequently went down (overflowing or the water ran out or this or that). Even when they were working, they were filthy. The port-o-johns were disgusting (and, no, they are not that bad at other festivals). And there was ONE water station for like 10,000 people at night. During the day, there were a few more, but only inside the concert venue. Did they forget that people need water? It was a shtshow. But for the awesome attendees who kept it calm, and the amazing music, it would have been a disaster.

Joshua Katt September 10, 2013, 12:25:50

@jackstrawdc – well said. Music 10/10 but I feel for anyone that spent all 4/5 days trapped inside sleeping there. The crowd showed amazing restraint. I bought SuperVIP tickets / camping but hoteled it every night. Seemed like everything but $food$ in short supply and port-o-johns never emptied out.

Kramer September 10, 2013, 13:10:15

I feel like this fest was diff from an organizational standpoint bc all the music was in one area of the grounds all day long. Unlike Bonnaroo and other fests where the crowd moves around, everyone stayed put all day long. So as far as portajohn cleanup, even when they cleaned them up, everybody quickly filled up those same ones again. The water station situation was annoying and having to walk to the main area to get water was annoying but we made it thru. The best part for me was the cleanliness of the site. I think not having any EDM really helped. The crowd was much more mature and respectful than many other fests where laptops keep kids up all night on drugs trashing the place. For a first year, I think they did pretty good.

PK September 10, 2013, 23:13:23

Did John Fogerty jam with Widespread Panic? Why isn’t that mentioned in this report? What did they play together?

jackstrawdc September 11, 2013, 10:35:46

Fogerty sat in with WSP on Saturday night. He came on for the last 30 minutes of their set… it wasn’t so much that he jammed with them rather than WSP acting as his house band. Still, it was epic. Herring had a smile on the entire time.

kevin p. September 11, 2013, 22:05:23

@ PK: (free streaming of the show. JF had some mic problems). I was almost set to buy tix…still wish I went…but pulled out when Neil Young cancelled. He would have been part of the communal jams I’m sure. Any final count on how many peeps were there…10,000…80,000?

Chris September 12, 2013, 14:20:20

@Kramer – Couldn’t agree with you more. I’ve been to 400+ shows and this was by far the best weekend of music I’ve ever experienced. It was mind blowing @jackstrawdc and @joshua katt – I waited 8 hours to get in (but I waited 16 at the first Bonnaroo). The ATM thing was annoying but no a huge deal. I had no issues with water or portojohns. I’ve been to eight Bonnaroos and eight Wanee festivals and they were much better than either of those. These were very minor issues in my opinion. I waited 8 hours to get in and then forgot about it about 5 minutes into the Mule set @kevin p – Final attendence was about 25,000 I can’t wait to do it again next year but I have a feeling, like Bonnaroo, we’ll never be able to duplicate the first Lockn’ Absolutely insane

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