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Despite no Weir, Lockn' offers plenty of reasons to be here

The Allman Brothers Band
The Allman Brothers Band
John Patrick Gatta

As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. That’s what the promoters of Lockn’ Interlocking Music Festival did when confronted with an unexpected circumstance that could have derailed the second edition of the event.

Faced with the news that Bob Weir abruptly stopped all touring, which included his appearances at Lockn’ -- two shows with RatDog as well as the only scheduled 2014 date with his fellow Grateful Dead bandmate Phil Lesh in their band Furthur, they replaced them with a special ad hoc group featuring ex-Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, Steve Kimock and Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band) as well as additional sets by the String Cheese Incident, a second set by Umphrey’s McGee plus the addition of funk act Lettuce.

Despite the loss of Weir and Furthur, Lockn’, Sept. 4-7 at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrignton, Virginia, still posts a formidable bill that includes the final festival performance ever by The Allman Brothers Band who will perform the band’s classic “Live at Fillmore East” in its entirety.

Also on hand will be Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Phil Lesh & Friends with a lineup that consists of Warren Haynes, John Scofield, John Medeski and Joe Russo), Widespread Panic with special guest Steve Winwood, Wilco, Willie Nelson, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Drive-By Truckers, Gary Clark Jr., Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Del McCoury Band, Larry Keel, Sam Bush, The Wood Brothers and Cabinet.

Lockn’ also boasts a lineup of artists who will take the music to the people by playing in the camping area. It includes a strong enough grouping for its own festival -- a double dose of Keller Williams who will lead Grateful Gospel and Grateful Grass, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Acoustic, Hot Tuna Acoustic, Bustle in Your Headgerow, Taj Mahal, Dumpstaphunk.

Like the inaugural Lockn’ last year, it’s highly encouraged and very likely that many of the musicians playing each day will end up making guest appearances during other artists’ sets.

Besides the music, the fest plans to maintain a local flavor in the form of food and beverages being made by area chef with locally-produced goods (i.e. sausage, beer and kombucha) as well as repurposed wood that will be used as Belly Bars for eating and meeting.

An earlier time for the gates to open plus new routes will be used in order to alleviate the traffic problems that occurred last year.

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