Lockn' Festival

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The final day of Lockn’ 2018 dawned hot and sweaty and ended in spectacular fashion with two sets by Dead and Co., joined by master saxophone player Branford Marsalis. A cloudy sky kept the atmosphere steamy until the afternoon when the hot summer sun broke through. Keller Williams got the MainStage started just after noon with a different entourage in tow than from the day before. This time he appeared with a group he calls the Grateful Gospel. The idea was to play music in the spirit of Jerry Garcia in the tune of Black Gospel music. The concept was born at Lockn’.

One of the largest audiences to ever attend Lockn’ poured into the festival grounds on Saturday, August 25th for a historic day of multi-generational jam band music. By mid-afternoon when the North Carolina band BIG Something took the main stage, five bands had already played, and a huge crowd filled the field and surrounding hills. The six-piece modern jam band fuses elements of jazz, funk, rock, and electronica into hypnotic dance trance music.

Crowds of people flooded into the campgrounds and festival the second day of Lockn’ music festival 2018. By early afternoon a sea of color was visible as far as the eye could see. The event was indeed a multigenerational magnet composed of six decades of jazz, funk, blues and rock jam music. Grandparents dressed in tie-dyed Grateful Dead shirts joined their offspring many in Phish tie-dyes. Whole families brought their children, grandchildren and maybe even a few grandchildren creating a festive carnival-like atmosphere.

The sixth annual Lockn' Festival got underway, Thursday, August 24th, with astonishingly perfect weather conditions. After weeks of torrential rains that caused evacuations in nearby Lynchburg because of flooding fears, the skies cleared with pleasantly warm temperatures and a chilly night creating a perfect backdrop for the festivals first day. The weather was all the more of a surprise following the cancellation of a three-day Phish music festival, held often in upstate New York, scheduled the weekend before Lockn'.

LOCKN' has long been hailed for presenting extraordinary artist collaborations and this year's hugely anticipated festival promises some of the most exceptional pairings in the 4-day camping event's already remarkable history. LOCKN' takes place August 23-26 in Arrington, VA at Infinity Downs, LOCKN's 387-acre property located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Spafford. Still waters run deep with this Phoenix band.  Often described as patient jams, they are putting out another dimension for creative types.  The immersive community and collaborative culture they are honing is described nicely by Andrew “Red” Johnson when we sat down to chat about how the Summer tour is going and what we can look forward to in Spafford’s future, including their debut performance at Lockn' Festival on Sunday afternoon (2:15 PM).

The road to LOCKN' 2018 for local Virginia bands is heating up as the Rockn' to Lockn' voting ends this Friday, February 16. Presented in partnership with Sonicbids and the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia-based acts have been invited to take part in an epic battle of the bands, with three finalists ultimately selected to perform at this year's LOCKN', taking place August 23 - 26, 2018 on Infinity Downs Farms at the foot of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Arrington, Virginia.

LOCKN' has officially confirmed its initial lineup and schedule for 2018. While many festivals have altered programming to suit their bottom line, LOCKN' proved itself true to its core fanbase with a week of well-received, crowd-pleasing artist reveals.

A five-year old tradition of supporting local and national charities will be celebrated at Infiniti Downs on "Giving Tuesday," when the organizers of the LOCKN' festival will present checks totalling $37,210 to 17 non-profit organizations where were part of the festival's PARTICIPATION ROW social action village.

Starting back in 2013, LOCKN' created Participation Row by teaming up with a non-profit organization called

Clouds rolled into the final day of Lockn’ cooling the summer sun and creating a pleasant last day for the festival. Collaborations abounded on the last day much to the delight of music fans who stuck it out for the nearly none stop four-day musical jam. This year Lockn’s audience was nothing other than exuberant, cheerful and respectful. The multigenerational crowd seemed almost like a giant extended family on a huge holiday picnic.

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