There’s not just stunning musicianship with The Punch Brothers. The Lockn’ crowd at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia also caught the members’ playful qualities and improvisatory explorations that fit in with the festival’s overall credo.
During the first of its two performances scheduled, The Black Crowes presented a hits-fueled set that included “She Talks to Angels,” “Jealous Again,” “Thorn in My Pride” and “Hard to Handle” plus covers of Traffic (“Medicated Goo”), The Rolling Stones (“Jumpin’ Jack Flash”) and Deep Purple “Hush.”
Freed up temporarily from fronting Phish, Trey Anastasio was all smiles as he led his solo band through a mix of numbers recorded under his own name (“Valentine”), Phish (“Ocelot,” “Gotta Jibboo,” “Sand”) and covers of Gorillaz (“Clint Eastwood”) and Led Zeppelin (“Black Dog”), which found trumpet player Jennifer Hartswick tackling lead vocals.
Later, Anastasio joined Furthur’s second Lockn’ appearance for “Casey Jones” and “Bertha,” where he did the lead vocal. “Casey Jones” completed Furthur’s special performance of the Grateful Dead’s classic “Workingman’s Dead” album in its entirety.
And if that wasn’t enough to leave the 25,000 in attendance happy, Widespread Panic played a set of its own tunes as well as acting as the backing band for John Fogerty. Together, they did a seven-song set that included Creedence Clearwater Revival favorites (“Born on the Bayou,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Suzy Q,” “Keep on Chooglin’”), solo material (“The Old Man Down the Road”) and “Mystic Highway” from Fogerty’s latest release, “Wrote a Song for Everyone.”