Yes, the whipped up bluegrass of the Hackensaw Boys was good, Tedeschi Trucks Band mixed blues, rock and soul with effortless ease, The Black Crowes played a very jam-heavy set that focused on deeper album cuts, Widespread Panic, again, played with the force of a herd of elephants and finesse of a diamond cutter, and Furthur offered executed another stellar set that did the legacy of the Grateful Dead proud but….
…today was all about collaborations, and friends joining together onstage in musical unions followed by smiles and hugs.
It started with jamband mentor Col. Bruce Hampton who was joined by his former “students” – bassist Oteil Burbriddge of the Allman Brothers Band and drummer Jeff Sipe.
In a move that’s still surprising, Tedeschi Trucks Band were initially joined by its summer touring bassist Eric Krasno who played guitar earlier in the day with Hampton, and did so here on “Angel from Mongomery.” Then, Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson came on during covers of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Sing a Simple Song” and “I Want to Take You Higher.” The latter songs also featured Bob Weir (Furthur), Burbridge, Jackie Greene (Black Crowes) and Krasno.
Weir and the members of Tedeschi Trucks band then joined The Black Crowes at the end of that band’s set. They lent vocals on covers of Ray Charles’ “Let’s Go Get Stoned” and Bobby Blue Bland’s “Turn On Your Lovelight,” which Weir sang numerous times in the past with the Grateful Dead and other musical projects.
Finally, during Furthur’s final set that closed this year’s Lockn’ festival, Susan Tedeschi joined the band members on Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” “Samson & Delilah,” “Playing in the Band” and “Standing on the Moon,” while Widespread Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring guested on “Brown Eyed Women” and “Box of Rain.”
While there were some organizational hiccups that occurred during the debut of Lockn’, the live performances more than made up for any hardships. If the next one follows the artistic roadmap set here, the fest will be a must-attend destination for years to come.