Following Bob Weir’s announcement that he was canceling all of his tourdates with his band RatDog, several festival organizers had to scramble to fill in the suddenly open slots.
Originally, Peach Music Festival and Lockn’ offered refunds for fans who were disappointed at the loss of Weir & RatDog from the bill. Then, they found ways to allow more songs to fill the air.
Inspired by what was readily available, the Peach Music Festival offered a second set by Trey Anastasio Band and a set of Grateful Dead music interpreted by those who have played with Weir – Joe Russo and Jeff Chimenti – as well as Jackie Greene, Scott Metzger and others.
Lockn’, Sept. 4-7 in Arrington, Virginia, had a more formidable task since it booked the only show by Furthur, which included Weir and his fellow Dead bandmate Phil Lesh. That as well as two RatDog sets were cancelled.
In their place are a second set by Umphrey’s McGee plus the additions of Lettuce and a group coming together especially for the festival, which is led by Weir’s former Grateful Dead bandmate -- Bill Kreutzmann and the Locknstep Allstars.
Despite the losses, Lockn’ still has a formidable bill with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers headlining on Sunday, the Allman Brothers Band, 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, The String Cheese Incident, Willie Nelson, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Drive-By Truckers, Umphrey’s McGee (times two), Gary Clark Jr., a double dose of Keller Williams who will lead Grateful Gospel and Grateful Grass, Hot Tuna Acoustic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Del McCoury Band, Larry Keel, Sam Bush, The Wood Brothers and Cabinet.
Llike the inaugural Lockn’ last year, it’s highly likely that many of the musicians playing each day will end up making guest appearances during other artist’s sets.
For more information, visit http://www.locknfestival.com/.
Finally, Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival added Grace Potter & the Nocturnals to replace Weir & RatDog.
The String Cheese Incident will also perform a set on Friday as well as a previously scheduled one on Thursday.
The festival, which takes place Sept. 11-14 at Kennekuk County Park in Danville, Illinois, includes two nights of Widespread Panic and Jackie Greene Band, four performances by Rumpke Mountain Boys as well as Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, Galactic, Leon Russell, Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne (Little Feat), Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Railroad Earth, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Anders Osborne, Dumpstaphunk, Soulive, JJ Grey & Mofro, Donavon Frankenreiter, Sam Bush Band, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Martin Sexton, Toubab Krewe, Kung Fu, Futurebirds, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Artist-In-Residence David Gans and special one-off secret grouping of musicians called Lunar Landing Conspiracy, which will be curated by String Cheese Incident.
For more information, visit http://phasesofthemoonfestival.com/